Adventures in the Mageworlds

Not that we ever get to the Mageworlds in this story.  It’s an origin story, more or less, for one of our major characters, Beka Rosselin-Metadi.  It was supposed to be a light romantic romp with some bumbling criminals adding humor.  A farce.  And along the way she’d find her first love. That didn’t makeContinue reading “Adventures in the Mageworlds”

Cruddy Blood

Join me for the launch of the special Debra Doyle Memorial Edition of the young adult horror novel BAD BLOOD, a fast-paced story about a girl, a camping trip, and a werewolf problem from the height of the 1990s horror boom, told with humor, realism—and a lot of blood. Come join the conversation, post memoriesContinue reading “Cruddy Blood”

Jenny Nettles

On October the fourth of the year 1773, the brigantine Jenny Nettles, merchantman out of New Bedford, made port.    No sooner was she tied up than the crew was at work with block and tackle, with hammer and chisel, unshipping the figurehead. The secret origin of the Thursday Challenge will be revealed.   7:00 –Continue reading “Jenny Nettles”

A Complete Silk Act

One of the perennial topics in these parts goes something like this: “I’ve signed up for a talent show. What should I do?” Let me make a suggestion, under the rubric “everything old is new again.” In Jean Hugard’s Silken Sorcery (1937), the last chapter describes the Stillwell Silk Act. Here’s what Hugard says: CHAPTER XII THEContinue reading “A Complete Silk Act”

Alternate History

In which I come up with an idea for a novel. Here’s how to write an alternate history (or one way, anyway — no matter what you do, if it works for you, it’s right). First, find one point of divergence. Then, follow logically from that point. Add characters, dialog, and a satisfying conclusion, andContinue reading “Alternate History”

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