Monthly Archives: November 2013

Writing Magic — Part 3

Before we go any farther in our discussion of using Western magic in fantasy writing, we need to consider an important question: what is the difference between magic and religion?  For that matter, is there any difference?  The devoutly religious … Continue reading

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An Evening with Inspector Clouseau

So I’m living in the inbetween. Most of my stuff’s in storage in a barn belonging to my pal, Liz. She’s graciously allowed me to park at her place while I get my proverbial head together. I keep only the … Continue reading

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In the Beginning

Sword and Sorceress VI

For me, stories often start with an image. I see something happen in my mind’s eye and start to wonder, “What’s that all about?” And then I sit down and start writing. In the beginning, in the very beginning when … Continue reading

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A Time to Think About Gratitude

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" By Jennie A. Brownscombe

Given that the U.S. tradition of Thanksgiving goes back to the Pilgrims — though the official holiday is newer — it is something of a religious holiday. They were Puritans, after all, and I’m sure they gave thanks to God … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 11-27-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall–the Victorian 50 Shades of Grey! Reading that, it was interesting reflecting that these three vicarage spinsters had within a year or … Continue reading

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Watching it over and over: The Man Who Knew Too Little

I watch my favorite movies over…and over…and over. Far too often, my darling husband has been waked in the night by the sound of his wife screaming. I tell myself I’m protecting him from this kind of surprise. I stick to comedy. Even that’s no guarantee. Let’s just say, the rule is, No zombies, and no blood from the mouth. One of my all-time favorites is Bill Murray’s “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” Continue reading

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Hawt or Not

By now many of you have seen, if not Catching Fire, the second in a planned four movies made from the Hunger Games trilogy (insert your own joke here), then the Onion’s parody-review of the movie.  You may go look. … Continue reading

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The Emotional Charge

By Brenda W. Clough Thesis: If you want to find the true subject of any story, look at where its emotional charge resides. I read this in a review of a book that I have already forgotten. But this concept … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs—Pooks—began her writing career in romance with five published novels. including Scandalous and La Desperada. She received nominations and recognition from RT Reviews and was a Finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award.

Then she got lured over to the dark side…screenwriting. Continue reading

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Marvels of Engineering: The Horse Blanket

As our neck of the Great American Southwest emerges from a rather historic weather weekend–the last time it was this wet for this long in November was in 1900–I’ve been singing the praises, early and often, of the engineers who … Continue reading

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