Month: November 2018

Write Small

A good tip shared by C. S. Boyack today on Story Empire along with a new term.

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Hi again, gang. Craig here, and it’s time for another one of my rambling analogies. A few years ago, my wife and I went camping at Craters of the Moon National Monument. This place consists of about a hundred miles of broken lava fields. If you thought of Gimli’s line about miles of razor sharp rocks, you wouldn’t be far off.

Let’s start with this photo. It shows the lava field running off into the distance. It doesn’t do anything beyond prove that I was there. There is no interest, no focal point, nothing. I can be critical, I was the photographer.

When I wrote about it on my blog, I used the line “Look Small.” I don’t know why it stuck with me, but I knew it meant something at the time. In the case of Craters, it means things are very interesting right under your feet. Here is…

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Friday Book Share: The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

Mae Clair shares a book I’m sure inspired some of her work in her latest book today on Story Empire. The cover has a hidden gotcha!

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Happy Friday, SEers! It’s time for another book share. As always, when my turn for this post surfaces, I agonize over the choice.  I have so many favorite books, and the number continues to grow as I devour new novels.  Today, I’m sharing a non-fiction book I read in June of 2016. It’s stayed with me that long.

The Witch of Lime Street:  Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World was the catalyst that inspired me to write Cusp of Night.  

book cover for The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher has cameo style photos of Harry Houdini and psychic Mina Crandon on black background

Set during the 1920s, David Jaher’s impeccably researched account brings Harry Houdini’s obsession with exposing sham mediums to vivid life.  The reader is treated to the glitz and glamour of 1920s America, Houdini’s difficult friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Doyle was a staunch believer in Spiritualism), and Houdini’s efforts to expose popular psychical medium, Mina Crandon, as a charlatan.

Book  Blurb:

History comes alive in this textured…

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