A Little Off Topic …

And yet, close to most author's hearts - yes, we do have them, even those who kill off your favorite characters. What is the biggest thing to get in the way of writing?  Life.  That's what.  For the last couple of months, that's my literal story and I'm sticking to it.  The truth is, I …

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Clockwork Alchemy Appearance

It's that time again ... Clockwork Alchemy, the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere Steampunk convention will be held at the Double Tree Inn, San Jose CA, Memorial Day weekend. Yours truly will be presenting or participating in the following panels: Friday, 5/23, 4pm: Villains - The Worst of the Best Saturday, 5/24, 12 Noon: Real …

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Backstory, we don’t need no stinkin’ backstory

Hola, fellow authors: I was just reading an article about where to start your novel or short story.  The blogger insists that beginning in a character’s childhood is both boring and unnecessary.  In fact, she suggests that readers don’t really need to know about your character’s growing up into the adults they will be. I …

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Guest blogger – Michael Tierney “NaNoWriMo – My Crash Course in Novel Writing

I want to give a big welcome to Michael Tierney to the VolcanoLady Blog.  Michael is a determined author who can speak to the phenomenon that is National Novel Writers Month.  I'll let him do all the talking/writing: A serendipitous set of circumstances last fall launched me down the path of novel writing. NaNoWriMo, if you …

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Guest Blogger – Dover Whitecliff “Be a Writer!”

With a huge "Thank You!" and "Tally-ho!" I want to welcome Dover Whitecliff to the VolcanoLady Blog.  Dover is a brilliant budding author with tons to share.  Not only has she generously given us an article, she is has a blog site of her own (see below.)  Proof positive, especially as NaNoWriMo is five days …

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See Jane (Austen) run … See Jane get it oh-so right for 200 years

Steampunk friends and fans, 200+ years after Jane Austen published Sense and Sensibility (1811) she’s still one of the most read and re-read authors in a multitude of languages.  In fairness, ask yourself what current Steampunk novel will have that staying power? The hardest thing for a new author, like me, to do is face …

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