To Con or not to Con – that is a Steampunk author’s question

For an author or a budding author, is it worth one’s time, energy, and money to attend Steampunk conventions and events.  After reading an article by Jay Lake, the Guest of Honor at Gaslight Gathering (San Diego) 2013, one might conclude the answer is no.  But I would like to differ (with much respect to …

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Adventures in Publishing or, I ain’t my job no more!

On November 11th this year, some kindly person was chatting with me and asked the invariable question new people ask – “what do you do for a living?” I opened my mouth to reply with my standard, well rehearsed phrases and almost – ALMOST – gave my usual, often disenchanted response – “well, I work …

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Free speech and all that jazz – but not like that!

Unless you are living in that proverbial cave, you know about the act of domestic terrorism that occurred yesterday in Tuscan AZ. Reviewing the hideousness of the violence that resulted in such tragedy, including the death of a 9 year old girl, at this point may be more like pouring acid on an open wound. …

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Today’s snippet: Chapter 3 from The Volcano Lady by T.E. MacArthur (a Historic, Steampunk Novel)

1864 Camp Sumter Prison, Georgia Confederate States of America The swampy ground was littered with bodies, filling in the gaps between the makeshift tents. Some of the skeletons were still alive. That was nothing new and the Lieutenant was no longer shocked by it. Camp Sumter, Andersonville as the Union prisoners called it, was Hell …

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The Best Historical Novel – How to Write History into Your Fiction – Part 2 – Setting creates Character

Your setting is one of the most important characters in your work; what does that mean? It means that you can't do anything plot-wise without considering impact on and by your setting. This also frees you to choose adjectives and verbs that you were once scolded for using towards 'inanimate objects.' It means you can …

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