Month: September 2016

But he also was a baritone who sang while hanging clothes


There is a question that I have probably spent far more time pondering than I should.

Am I Pulp Revival writer? 

On the one hand, I can point to “A Hill Of Stars”, which is very much a Pulp Revival story.  It appeared in the first issue of Cirsova magazine, and the story was a deliberate homage to H P Lovecraft and E R Burroughs.  I set the story in an alternate Permian Era Earth which is inhabited by both humans and the Elder Races of Lovecraft.  That story has inspired other writers to set stories in what we are calling “The Eldritch Earth”.

I have another story set in that world, “In The Gloaming O My Darling”, which I wrote specifically for Cirsova.  That one is a little less adventure and more horror, but I think it fits easily into the Pulp Revival genre.

I have some…

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Michaelmas in Medieval Britain

Charlene Newcomb

Today I am participating in a blog hop to celebrate the release of volume 2 of Castles, Customs and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors, edited by Debra Brown and Sue Millard. See the information at the end of this post to order this treasure. Participating blogs in this hop have chosen a custom or tradition from the past to highlight. Follow the links below to read them all.

Michaelmas in Medieval Britain
The 29th day of September is the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, also known as Michaelmas. In medieval times, it signified the end of the agricultural year. Harvest – hopefully a good one – was in. It was a time to celebrate.

Tapisserie de Bayeux - Scène 43 : l'évêque Odon bénit le banquet. Tapisserie de Bayeux – Scène 43 : l’évêque Odon bénit le banquet. (public domain)

In England, it was custom to eat a goose, which was supposed to protect against money problems…

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Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Anger

Nicholas C. Rossis

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

Last week, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the first installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey anger.


Many of anger’s physical reactions are also common to both fear and anger—for example, the heart beating faster. The following beats, however, are particular to anger:


  • He shot her a venomous look.
  • He shot her a furious glance.
  • She speared him with another glare.
  • He shot a glare up at her to silence her.
  • She shot him a glare, but there was still a twinkle in her eye.
  • She looked him in the eyes and he looked straight back into hers.
  • He held her gaze for a moment before looking away without a word.
  • A groan accompanied the roll of his eyes.
  • His eyes were…

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“What is Sword and Soul?” by Milton Davis

African Blood Siblings

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“Men need images. Lacking them they invent idols. Better then to found the images on realities that lead the true seeker to the source.” — African Proverb

Not too many understand that images are not a luxury but a requirement.  “Men need images.”  Emphasis on ‘need.’  Milton Davis understands.  I came across Milton Davis because earlier I was doing research into African Montu (Martial) Arts and an occasional cowriter of Davis’ is the master Montu Artist Balogun O. Abeegunde of Egbe Ogun (Society of Ogun) fame.  The two and many others, like Brother G author of “Shades of Memnon,” write novels in the genre “Sword and Soul” which is essentially African “Sword and Sorcery”.  Especially for men, the genre is a powerful image for our people.  We need to see ourselves as Protectors lest we…

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Never Evers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison


piranha stars green 4

“Perfectly pitched comedy for younger teens”


Never Evers is the story of Mouse, a 14-year-old girl, who has returned to her former school after failing to make the grade at ballet school, and Jack, also fourteen, and the diffident front-man of a band with no name. They’re off on a school trip to France – Mouse to learn to ski and Jack to snowboard. For the first several chapters, the two characters’ stories are entirely separate. We learn how Mouse feels about her failure and her discomfort about fitting herself back in with the friends she left behind. We see Jack going along with his friend Max in his quest for girls and fireworks – like a junior version of The Inbetweeners. Eventually, the two stories collide, the two fancy each other – of course – and circumstances keep them apart – of course. There is bullying, a lookalike…

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A Fountain Pen Odyssey by Wendy Van Camp

No Wasted Ink


Fountain Pens have been my hobby for the past few years. I tend to remember details better when they are written via a pen and paper, but my hand would grow tired after long sessions of writing in journals. When you write with a fountain pen, only a tiny amount of pressure is needed to glide the ink onto the paper and it allows you to write for longer periods of time. I started out with inexpensive chinese-made fountain pens to see if I would like writing with a fountain pen and ended up falling in love with the look and feel of the pens. Now I own a small collection of pen and inks that I use for different purposes. A year after I got started down the fountain pen rabbit hole, my husband did too. Now we enjoy going to fountain pen conventions together and exploring our hobby…

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