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In a Land Far Away

In a Land Far Away Cover 4I am pleased to announce that In a Land Far Away, a collection of fairy tales, is available at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. I have two shorts stories in this one, and highly recommend the work of my co-authors as well. As with Out of Time, proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, so you can enjoy some great new fiction while supporting a good cause.

All the authors involved are currently working on stories for yet another collection and are all working on independent projects as well. So, get a copy, get to know the writers, and keep an eye out for upcoming projects!

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“Out of Time” at Rhonda Hopkins’ blog

I wanted to post a thanks to Rhonda Hopkins for shout-out at her website. Sales have been holding fairly steady through the summer, and every mention helps keep the momentum going! (Also, thanks to my friend Teresa Robeson for putting together the article there.)

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The Shorter the Story, the Longer the Research

There’s a reason I prefer writing novels. Usually when I have an idea big enough for a novel, I already have a good grasp on the main elements. When I have a short story idea it’s generally confined to something I’m not as familiar with. (My ignorance is the thing keeping the idea small!) So, today I’m learning that there’s a whole lot more to weaving than I ever dreamed.

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More Fun with Research – Paint

Ever wonder about color restrictions when you’re writing about old-timey buildings? Check out Valspar’s paints approved for historic structures. The National Trust for Historic Places has documented 250 colors used in America, and you can see them at the website listed below. Granted, you might not want your characters to use the phrase “Mark Twain House Gold” — but you can get some idea for what shades were (and weren’t) in use. http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/explore-colors/find-ideas/national-trust-historic-colors/victorian.html?preview=true

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Today’s Fun with Research – Boots

I’m getting an absurd amount of joy (and a little frustration) out of trying to figure out the cost of leather boots in 1880’s Europe.

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Novella News

All right, readers, just a heads-up. I’m revising “Antiquity” right now with the intention of submitting it somewhere this winter. (And holy cow, I missed a lot of typos!) Once I have it ready to send it out, I’ll be taking it down here at the site. My tentative date for that is November 15.

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Update on Novella(s)

I’ve really let the ordinary blog posting slip as I work on the current fantasy novella and the upcoming sci-fi one…but I wanted to let readers know that when “Curse of the Cur-Mage” is finished, I’m going to take down “Antiquity” and revise it with an eye towards submitting it somewhere. So, there’ll still be two novellas here to read, but if you’re still reading “Antiquity” be aware it’ll probably disappear mid-winter. (And, as always, thanks for reading!)

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