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Free Web Fiction: More from Steampunk Nell

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP, Past Worlds, The Lock Smith's Secret. Click on the link above to read the previous parts of  this story. Bert burst into [...]

How much description in a novel?

  Last Wednesday I talked about how to  integrate descriptions into your story; this week I'm looking at - using the kind of phrase authors might search in Google -  how much description in a novel? When I was a reviewer for the Awesome Indies, I often saw books that either had too little description or [...]

Are video games dangerous? What do you put in your mind?

Medical research has proven that patients who engage in positive visualisations heal better and faster than those who don’t. It has also been shown that someone who visualises exercising while lying down gains 20% of the benefits, in terms of muscle tone and increased fitness, gained by someone who is actually doing the exercise. (Sorry [...]

Cat Diaries: Cat Friday & Cat Cradles.

My daughter Rose and I recently attended a two week meditation retreat and left Prince George with my husband Chris who is unused to having to attend to his needs and keep him entertained. During this time, Chris wrote the Cat Dairies and emailed them to us each day.     2015-01-16 CAT FRIDAY Cat [...]

Friday Free Web Fiction: More from Steampunk Nell

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP, Past Worlds, The Lock Smith's Secret. Last week I introduced you to Nell, this week I have the second edition in her [...]

Writing Descriptions in fiction: How to integrate them into your story.

Writing descriptions in fiction isn't as easy as you might think. It’s important to set each scene with some description, but that doesn’t mean that you start each scene with paragraphs that do nothing other than tell the reader what a place looks like. Check for this and if you find it, break up the blocks [...]

Monday Mindfulness: Happiness Hint – Have a Sky Inside You

On a rainy day, we might say that the sky is grey. Actually,  it’s not. The sky is always blue. It’s the clouds that are grey.  If you fly above the clouds you’ll see that the sky is blue. It’s also clear and endless. Spacious. Clouds don’t stay in the sky.  They hang around for [...]

Cat Diaries. Day two.

My daughter Rose and I recently attended a two week meditation retreat and left Prince George with my husband Chris who is unused to having to attend to his needs and keep him entertained. During this time, Chris wrote the Cat Dairies and emailed them to us each day. 2015-01-14 CAT WEDNESDAY So the furry [...]

Sacred Striptease & Other Stories FREE until the 17th

Would you like to taste some of my latest writing for free? Now is your chance, and if you've already read it, please share the link to this post with your friends. A striptease artist that will challenge you to re-think your assumptions, a Tibetan yogi whose powerful story will move you to the depths [...]

Free Steampunk Web Fiction: Introducing Nell

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP,  The Lock Smith's Secret. One strand of this book is a steampunk novel that Ella is writing. The protagonist in it is Nell.  Nell [...]