Month: July 2013

  • Ghosts and Shivers

    What is it about a good ghost story we can’t resist ? Yesterday I sat outside, reading ghost stories and shivering on my front step (the weather was more like late September than late July). Ridiculous? Absolutely, and yet inside, in the six-year-old house my husband and I literally built with our own two hands,…

  • Rewrites in 4 Easy Phases: Yes, seriously

    So, if you’ve been reading, you know I’m in rewrites. Yep, still. But I think I see the light ahead (then again, I always say that. Makes me happy, true or not.) Anyhoo, I thought I’d share my method and what I’ve learned about rewrites and their 4 phases. Because as much as I hear…

  • Strange But Fun Research Books

    I’m taking a break from the Regency for this week and instead showing off some of my favorite weird-ass books that I have on my shelves for research. You know the kind: they’re kind of unexpected, they’re not exactly the kind of book you use as everyday reference, they can become an enormous time-suck, but…

  • Random Scribblings pt 1: Potential Paranormal Villains

    Do you have one of those weird books where you scribble down random research notes or thoughts that occur to you for the next book, potential characters, interesting species? I do. It’s a mess of a thing (I’m going to get more organized, I swear … one of these days). But, it does provide for…

  • Basic Plot Structure 101

    I’ve been obsessing over plot structure recently. And, I’ve made some discoveries and had some major “aha!” moments. So perhaps you can take a shorter route there, I’ve decided to try and share with you what I’ve learned about basic story structure. Plot Structure So, first we start with our lovely diagram (yes, I drew…

  • Regency Cops and Robbers: The Robbers

    Last week I gave you a very brief overview of the law enforcement provided by the Watch and the Bow Street Runners. This week, we take a look at the criminals. Fact is, not having an organized police force on the streets, coupled with extremely punishing laws that did little to equalize the level of…

  • Do you Believe? Normal vs Paranormal

    Do you believe in magic and the paranormal? Do you believe the ghost stories you’ve heard are true? Do you search for fairies? What about monsters? Do you believe in witches and sorcerers? Do you believe in powers like telepathy, prophecy, and others? Do you believe there is some other explanation for some events that…

  • How Batman Saved My Book – And He Can Save Yours Too!

    I have been in the midst of stressing over rewriting and restructuring my book. It’s become an obsession, especially regarding the plot structure. Which is how Batman comes into the picture. You see, I took a bit of a break and watched the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy. And by the time I got through Dark…

  • Regency Cops and Robbers: Pt 1: The Cops

    While the Regency is often remembered / thought of in relation to Jane Austen, the social activities of the ton, and perhaps some connection to Waterloo and the Peninsular Wars, it’s also an interesting time socially. And it definitely has a dark side. Now, I’m not going to get into all the details about the…

  • Potential Magical / Pscyhic Abilities

    Hello there! So, thinking about gaining some supernatural abilities? Or, you know, making up a character who has them? Either way, here’s a list to choose from. Enjoy! 🙂 Astral projection – out-of-body experiences clairvoyance / future sight / precognition levitation mind control prophecy remote viewing telekinesis – ability to move things with your mind…