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Today’s Blog Post Is Brought To You By Despair & Writer’s Angst

Posted by on June 20, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Today’s Blog Post Is Brought To You By Despair & Writer’s Angst

I had a blog post planned for today but can’t write it or do the other writing tasks I had planned because of revising The Dead Shall Live. Specifically, the ship sequence.  Which, well, I ended up commemorating in my planner. Because I am five years old. This will make more sense later. But I suddenly realized that in my five-year-old-me’s posts around social media to show what happened, I had a blog post. Not smooth. Not polished. But at least info that some of you may find interesting because it’s all about The Dead Shall...

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead — YA Fantasy I’ve Been Reading

Posted by on June 16, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead — YA Fantasy I’ve Been Reading

You’re not going to get any deep insights or detailed reviews from me, because those things are harder for me to write than fiction, which means I will be doing my hard work on my fiction and just sharing ‘thoughts’ on the books I read. I guess I should put this disclaimer on every book post, huh? So, that said, here are a couple of books I ‘read’ by listening on audiobook recently. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead seemed like it might be some pretty fun romantic fantasy, and I was in the mood for something...

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Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 4 comments

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

This was my first Beverly Jenkins novel and won’t be my last. Although I’ve been aware of Jenkins for a very long time, my focus has been so finely narrowed to all things British [particularly to keep my writer’s voice–which is Texan in my head–more in touch with a British tone and sensibility] that I have dipped into her oeuvre, until now. Why now? Because on the cover, it looks like it might be a multi-racial couple, which intrigued me, especially in an historical western. [Note: I have so much trouble with...

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Jeepers, Writing Is Hard!

Posted by on June 7, 2017 in The Dead Shall Live, The Work In Progress, What Pooks Is Writing | 8 comments

Jeepers, Writing Is Hard!

And if that title seems cocky and chirpy and chipper? I am not feeling cocky and chirpy and chipper. Today was a day of writerly ups [revisions, and rereading, and swelling with emotions–all the feels!–even though I wrote it myself and have been over and over it before] and downs, omg downs [spending hours making very little progress on revisons when I get stuck on word usage–would Persephone have used the word ‘babe in nappies’ in 1811? Dipping another cloth into the jug, she cleaned his face, ignoring the...

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Madron Well in Cornwall

Posted by on June 6, 2017 in World of The Fury Triad | 1 comment

Madron Well in Cornwall

“I loved the healing wells in your book. Are they real?” A reader who prefers to be anonymous asked that question, and I love getting to respond to it. Though this is a repost republished as part of the great reclamation and rebuild post tragic incident of perfidious hackage, I don’t have its original post date and I have now added new contents, so I’m considering it new. Where to begin? First off, healing wells or holy wells are all over the British Isles and elsewhere in the world. They seemed to obvious a connection...

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Grave Mercy – Dark YA Fantasy

Posted by on June 4, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 12 comments

Grave Mercy – Dark YA Fantasy

Originally published on Feb 4, 2016, republished as part of the great reclamation and rebuild post tragic incident of perfidious hackage. To keep my muse happy, I must feed her delicious books that incite the imagination to riotous pleasure. You know the drill. So let me tell you what is pleasing her right now. It began when I messaged @melirobles on twitter and asked her if she could recommend any books to people who liked This Crumbling Pageant. Why did I ask Melissa in particular? Because I ‘met’ her when she read and reviewed...

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Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day — Because I Know and Love So Many

Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Public Service Announcements | 2 comments

Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day — Because I Know and Love So Many

    Have a glorious day, dear survivors. With special thoughts to my sister and sister-in-law, who are amongst you.      ...

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Everfair: Literary Steampunk [yes, really] as “What If?”

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Everfair: Literary Steampunk [yes, really] as “What If?”

One of the fun things steampunk has been known to do is change history. Some history doesn’t seem to lend itself to a steampunk touch, or so Michael Swanwick  said on a 2009 steampunk panel with Everfair‘s author, Nisi Shawl. You don’t have to know the history of the Congo Free State to appreciate the rich complexity of Shawl’s first novel, Everfair. But it certainly enhances it. Thus, let me begin with a an edited excerpt from wikipedia: Leopold II’s reign in the Congo eventually earned infamy due to the...

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What a Horror Writer, a Princess, and a Saint Can Teach Us About Passion

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in What Pooks Is Writing, Writing With Passion | 1 comment

What a Horror Writer, a Princess, and a Saint Can Teach Us About Passion

  Yes, the next chapter of Writing With Passion has posted on Patreon! This month the topic is “Writing Characters With Passion,” or as you see above, “What a Horror Writer, a Princess, and a Saint Can Teach Us About Passion.”   Want to read it? It’s easy. Become a patron for only $1 a month. Then you–yes you!–can nonchalantly say, “I am a patron of the arts, you know.” Like all those rich dudes in the Renaissance. Find out more!       Save Save Save Save Save...

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11 Free Fantasies! Yes, another giveaway!

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

[This promotion has ended.] Just in time for the long holiday for those of you in the US, and the weekend for everyone else! If you’re like me, you are always delighted to find great reads for free, and there are certainly some here! Go check them all out. You’ll be glad you did! This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter! Happy reading! CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS TODAY!   Save Save Save...

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