Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ride the Dragon

“Ride the dragon! Only one in a hundred can keep his seat for sixty seconds. Do you have what it takes?” The dwarf’s sweeping gesture indicated the mechanical dragon behind him, currently immobile. Jorrick’s father nodded a greeting to the

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62 Million Girls

I’m going to make one of my rare forays into something political. I’ll preface this by saying I rarely admire any politician. The very nature of their work requires too many compromises. But I believe this campaign can do only

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Interview with Colleen Story

Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer specializing in health and wellness. Her first book, Rise of the Sidenah, was released by Jupiter Gardens Press in September 2015. Her next novel, Loreena’s Gift, is forthcoming

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Is Goodreads Good for You?

This is a reblog of Ellis Schuman’s excellent post on the topic. I, too, have been puzzled as to how to use goodreads as an author. Twitter, Facebook, blog–sure, I can see how all of those work into an overall

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Twitter: Getting Over the Two Thousand Follower Roadblock

You may or may not know this, but being able to follow over two thousand people on Twitter can be a pain. According to Twitter Support “… every user can follow 2000 people total. Once you’ve followed 2,000 users, there

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Commas and Parenthetical Statements

It’s time for another fascinating episode concerning the slippery little comma. There’s a good reason it’s the most misused punctuation in the English language. The rules are many and varied. Purdue says: “Use a pair of commas in the middle

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Red Rose

I stopped at the florist on the way to the hospital. I had to wait in line, but that was okay, because I got the last red rose. Mom and I both liked them; it was one of the few

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Trojan Wargames

The beaches of Troy were finally quiet, as the sun’s last light gilded the rows of tents and ships. Warriors lounged before fires with wine cups, dining on fish and roasted goat. Slaves attempted to keep their masters comfortable, especially

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Dragon Hoard

I shifted my tail, and several coins rattled down the mound of gleaming treasure.  Heaps of glimmering gold, urns overflowing with silver, precious gems in two-handled cups–all these and more filled my cave. Impressive, in a sense. More wealth than

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Magic’s Stealing by Stephanie Flint

Magic’s Stealing has an interesting premise: that all magic is in the form of ribbons, and these can be seen by adepts as they manipulate them. The story focuses on Toranih, a young woman who has always scorned magic, in

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