marycatelli: (A Birthday)
A list of everything I've published under Wizard's Wood Press, and where to find it, in a sticky posting.

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I was reading this article on  Pottermore and thinking -- you know that's really a salesman's pitch.

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Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
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The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity by Louise DeSalvo

An uneven book.

There's plentiful information on various writing process and techniques, which can be useful.  On the other hand, there's also a definite bias toward what gets cited.  Ray Bradbury is quoted once, but not, obviously, the advice that he gives to write a short story every single week.

marycatelli: (Dawn)
Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
 The characters go from place to place.  Four significant, heavily enchanted places. . . .

Two more such places come slipping out of the imagination.  Hinting, but not actually establishing that they can be useful plot twists.

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A challenge from [personal profile] lindahoyland , from here:

http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/856012.html

My attempt:

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City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis by John C. Wright

A collection of short stories, revolving about time travel.  With links, sometimes very faint.  Then, time travel and cause-and-effect have interesting relationships here.

The first and last are told in achronic order, which suits them well.  We have mysteries, attempts at rescue, and the effects of time travel and cause-and-effect on interactions.  A private investigator who observes that, in fact, a trenchcoat and fedora are normal attire where he comes from.  A widowed bum.  The fates of those whom the Time Wardens are no longer interested in but don't let leave.  And more.
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This week's prompt is:
boil

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:
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marycatelli: (Dawn)
Jesus is risen! Let us sing!
Praise to the ever living King!
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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

The continuing adventures of a girl and her unicorn. . . .

Plans for Halloween; Dakota and her goblin friend Blaarthelomew; envy of snow; Marigold's going away with her sister for some days, and Phoebe's coping; Dakota's snide comments; interacting with her friend Max, and more.
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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Been a few years since I read this.  Still the lightsome adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger (plus appearances of Otter).

Picnic, poetry, getting lost in the Wild Wood, Toad's insane driving in motorcars, and more.

Even If I now notice that the animals' relationship to the human world is -- inconsistent.

firebirds

Apr. 16th, 2017 12:07 am
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
 I mentioned, in the first paragraphs, that there were unicorns and firebirds in the forest.  Some local color to add clues about magic.  Above and beyond the fact that the woods involved are always in dusk. . . you can't be too careful in cluing the readers in.

A unicorn has appeared.  Twice.  In plot significant ways.

I wonder if a firebird will as well.

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