Category Archives: Research

Writers Club: The Rabbit Hole

I have a PhD in English. In my research, I focused on the Victorian period. Doing that research allowed me to dig into the reality of the Victorian period and I’d dive in and find myself in a rabbit hole. … Continue reading

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National Geographic: The Greeks: A Very Short Review

By Brenda W. Clough  Museums are a writer’s friends. Never pass one up! Background research is forever. There is nothing like actually seeing a helmet or a cup. And unless you are independently wealthy you are probably not traveling to … Continue reading

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Magic, Mayhem, and Steampunk: An Interview with Julia Verne St. John

I’m delighted to have Julia Verne St. John as my special guest. She’s the author of The Transference Engine, a steampunk novel of magic and machines set in an alternate 1830s London, just out from DAW Books. Here’s the skinny … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds

An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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Zombie Genes and Other Wonders

The Orion Nebula, viewed by the Hubble

In the midst of much craziness in the political world, here are a few treasures to remind us this is also a fascinating, awesomely beautiful place. Hundreds of Genes Spring Back to Life in the Days After Death The majority … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Embers of Heaven

In the aftermath of what I quickly came to call my Blessed Book, “The Secrets of Jin-shei” – the one that swept the world, was quickly published in some dozen or more languages including REALLY out-there ones like Catalan, and … Continue reading

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The perils of research

There are always plagiarism scandals raging on the Internet somewhere. There was a particularly juicy one a few years ago that involved a romance novelist by the name of Cassie Edwards, and the black-footed ferrets. For anyone who might have … Continue reading

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Details

First published radfordeditorial.com 3/9/2016 The success or failure of a manuscript can be found in the details. But which details? You have done your research. You have stacks and stacks of 3X5 notecards carefully annotated with source material, page numbers, … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 14: Babel

This is less of a hack and more of a warning: Don’t rely on Google Translate! It’s there, it’s handy, and most of the time you can get an idea of what your words might sound like in other languages, … Continue reading

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The Things People Say: Research and Redaction
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A well-known politician recently stated that the US economy “is flatlining.” This is a metaphor that refers to the loss of a heartbeat or brainwaves. It is not a statement of fact about the US economy, but there are people who will … Continue reading

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