Category Archives: Research

Strange Brew

I admit it. I love research. And don’t think that just because I write speculative fiction and fantasy that I don’t need to do research. I do. I mean, sometimes, you just have to know the specific density of hippopotamus … Continue reading

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Research Tips – 12 Ways to Enrich Your World

I’ve recently finished writing several historical stories; Paris in 1927, 1850s California, and 1871 Belgium.  Although I’ve been to California gold rush ghost towns, and spent quite a bit of time in the old part of Brussels, I didn’t have … Continue reading

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The Joy of Having Written

I finished editing the final six chapters on AURUM today.  I’m done.  Finished, Finito. This is my fourth completed novel.  The joy and lightness of spirit that comes with having written is a high I’ve now experienced four times, but … Continue reading

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I took a 2-day writing class this week;  Dave Farland’s Write That Novel workshop.  He’s an award-winning, NY Times best-selling author, and has written  more than 50 science fiction and fantasy books.  Not only that, but he’s taught writing at … Continue reading

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What’s Next?

Now that I’ve made the decision to start on something completely ‘new’, I find I’m floundering a bit.  I mean, I fell in love with the world I created in FATE.  I loved the town, the characters, and the plot … Continue reading

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Research via Remote

I watched a new reality show on the tube last night. TLC’s broadcast of the My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding ( ).  It is a rebroadcast of a show filmed in the UK, following (at least last night) the lives … Continue reading

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