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In Which a Deck of Cards May Have Taken Over the Dys-Brain

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Dys-Brain, The Work In Progress, This Crumbling Pageant, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing | 0 comments

In Which a Deck of Cards May Have Taken Over the Dys-Brain

I’m busily back in the world of the Fury Triad. Want to know what I’ve been researching lately? Can I tell you without giving away any spoilers? I think maybe I can. Back in the 1400s a card game called Tarocchi became popular amongst the wealthy in what we know today as Italy. [Amongst: a sign my brain is living in the UK, now!] It was known by different names in different parts of Europe, including Tarot in France. These cards were hand-painted, each one a small work of art. Now you know why only the wealthy played! The deck...

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A Fabulous New Review of The Dead Shall Live from Lauregalie Book Reviews

Posted by on December 18, 2018 in The Dead Shall Live, The Fury Triad, This Crumbling Pageant, What Pooks Is Writing | 3 comments

A Fabulous New Review of The Dead Shall Live from Lauregalie Book Reviews

Now that writing and publishing Revenge of the Killer Flamingos is behind me and I’m diving back into The Fury Triad, I don’t think a more inspiring thing could happen to me than to receive this review! I’m not sure if lauregalie is a name or has some other meaning, but thank you, Monika! I’m so happy you are enjoying the books and even more motivated than ever to complete Untune the Sky, as if I needed more motivation! From the review: Burroughs’ writing style is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It’s...

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Pooks, MJ & the Dys-Brain They Both Share

Posted by on December 13, 2018 in What Pooks Is Writing | 8 comments

Pooks, MJ & the Dys-Brain They Both Share

MJ O’Malley has issues. ADHD, dyscalculia, and associated cognitive disorders, and– MJ? She just shrugs and calls it her dys-brain. Pooks has issues. ADHD, dyscalculia, and associated cognitive disorders, and– Pooks? She just shrugs and calls it her dys-brain.   Detect anything? Of course you do, because you’re smart. So’s M.J. [We won’t say anything about Pooks because that would either be vain or sad, depending on, you know, what we confessed.] There will be more about dys-brain and how it affects both...

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Revenge of the Killer Flamingos is in the Building!!!

Posted by on December 12, 2018 in Dys-Brain, MJ's Dys-Daze Mysteries, Revenge of the Killer Flamingos, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Revenge of the Killer Flamingos is in the Building!!!

Or rather, e-readers and apps and such! Oh. Wait. It’s in the building, too! Unless the e-readers and apps are outside. Or in automobiles. Or– Ahem. Let’s keep going forward, shall we? Yes it is launched up into the stratosphere and I’m beyond excited! I hope you buy it! I hope you read it! I hope you like it! I hope you review it even if you don’t! Like it, I mean. Reviewing without reading would be awkward. So okay, this is the book down there below this writing I’m typing right now. MJ [don’t call...

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A TRULY EPIC FANTASY BUNDLE ‘O BOOKS!

Posted by on October 28, 2018 in Book Bundles, This Crumbling Pageant, What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

A TRULY EPIC FANTASY BUNDLE ‘O BOOKS!

A Truly Epic Bundle of Fantasy Novels – Curated by Kevin J. Anderson And I’m thrilled that This Crumbling Pageant was invited to be one of the baker’s dozen. What’s more–you get to name your own price! The first bundle of five books [including This Crumbling Pageant, $4.99 everywhere else] has a minimum price of $5, though you’re encouraged to pay more should you want to! Want them all? Add the other eight for a baker’s dozen for an additional low price! BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE.   A portion of...

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MJ’s Dys-Daze Mysteries!

Posted by on September 21, 2018 in The Work In Progress, What Pooks Is Writing, Youtube | 2 comments

MJ’s Dys-Daze Mysteries!

I just finished creating this book trailer and can’t wait for you to see it! Give it a thumbs up or leave a comment, if you want!

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Naomi Novik as Unknowing Mentor and oh yeah Fanfiction

Posted by on July 11, 2018 in What Pooks is Reading | 4 comments

Naomi Novik as Unknowing Mentor and oh yeah Fanfiction

Readers, you know I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of Naomi Novik’s newest fantasy novel, Spinning Silver, the not-a-sequel yet-same-universe-ish Eastern European historical fantasy world she first inhabited in the much lauded and loved Uprooted [which I have recommended before if you want to check the categories in the sidebar]. I’m listening to the audiobook now and need I say, I am loving it? It’s not the same forest and world of Agnieszka and her Dragon, the dragon who “does not really eat the girls he...

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Tall Ships and Magic and Research and Such

Posted by on July 3, 2018 in Untune the Sky, World of The Fury Triad | 12 comments

Tall Ships and Magic and Research and Such

First things first! For some reason a notice did not go out in email to let you know about my most  recent post. So since you probably missed it, here is the link. It’s about how Harry Potter influenced The Fury Triad and if you have read either or both, I think you might find it interesting. Oh yes, and fanfiction! It’s the first in a series and a new post will be going up in a few days. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled bloggage.   We haven’t talked about research lately! Did you ever wonder what the Vliegende Draeck,...

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The World of The Fury Triad – Harry Potter Fanfiction and Fandom As Early Influences

Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Book Trailer, This Crumbling Pageant, What Pooks Is Writing | Comments Off on The World of The Fury Triad – Harry Potter Fanfiction and Fandom As Early Influences

The World of The Fury Triad – Harry Potter Fanfiction and Fandom As Early Influences

I have been asked whether Harry Potter  and its fandom influenced the creation of The Fury Triad. Really! Why would you even imagine that Snape influenced This Crumbling Pageant’s villain, Mr Jones, aka Vespasian Wyllt? ::blinks innocently:: Wait. Am I being coy? I am being coy. Enough of that piffle. You wouldn’t be the first to notice. The review that spelled it out with the most detail came from Author Ashlyn Macnamara, whom I did not know. [I immediately had to email her privately, thank her with more than a little squeeing.]...

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LINKS FOR WRITERS IN THE FINDING YOUR WRITING VOICES WORKSHOP.

Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Pooks Appearances, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

LINKS FOR WRITERS IN THE FINDING YOUR WRITING VOICES WORKSHOP.

Links to fabulously useful sources to help you learn more about Writing the Other, or, as the Writing the Other website says, “Learn to write characters very different from you sensitively and convincingly.” MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ GETS YOU UP TO SPEED WRITING THE OTHER I may add more later but this will get you started....

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