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Jan.26.2013
Written by Laurel on January 27th, 2013 Made in the USA   I was a Luddite and proud. No iPhones, iPads, Notebooks or Smartphones for me. My cell phone was too ancient for texting. I preferred Windows XP. I’d bought a flat screen TV only after my twenty-year-old monster died. And my bread...
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Dec.20.2012
Written by Laurel on December 21st, 2012   Get ready to shelve the dragon and uncoil the serpent. The Chinese Year of the Snake slithers into the 2013 waiting room. As you can see, David and I are trying to get a grip on what sort of luck Snaky might bring. All because we’ve “cashed in”...
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Dec.12.2012
Got steam? How about clockwork and goggles? Shanghai Steam, the recently released anthology from Absolute XPress, has all three and way, way more. Qi powered machines and flying monks. Philosophical automatons and paper lantern revolutions. Shanghai steam—a mashup of Chinese wuxia fantasy and...
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Dec.07.2012
I finished writing my annual Christmas letter a few days ago.  For at least 35 years (I've forgotten how many), I've sent out creative "letters" during the holiday season--and have received rave reviews.  The theme of this year's letter is the approaching Chinese Year of the...
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Dec.05.2012
 GUEST POST 12/6/12 BY AUTHOR WENDY D. WALTER.     I’d like to extend a warm welcome to   Wendy D. Walter. Wendy is a fellow member of California Writers Club, San Francisco/Peninsula Branch. Be sure to enter her contest for a free copy of Ambril’s Tale: Return of the...
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Nov.28.2012
Horror Addicts Writer’s Workshop Announcement! Posted for Emerian Rich on November 28, 2012 Horror Addicts Writer’s Workshop Announcement! Deadline: December 31st, 2012, 11:59pm PST. This is an opportunity for aspiring horror or like-genre writers to have their work critiqued by...
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Nov.23.2012
        The Life of Pie Out of the oven Flaunts its flaky crust, Tinged with golden brown. Pumpkin, chocolate, pecans or apples, The siren on the countertop calls. Oven-baked pheromones entice, Satisfaction a mouthful away. On the dessert plate Feigns such...
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Nov.15.2012
Okay, I've created my second book trailer using Animoto.  This trailer is for "Fault Zone: Over the Edge (Sand Hill Review Press).  "Fault Zone: Over the Edge" is an anthology of stories due for release in December 2012.  My short short, "Unsettled," will be included in the book. An...
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Nov.10.2012
Five years have passed since KOMENAR released my award-winning debut novel, "Heroes Arise."  Today, I chanced upon a lovely book review for "Heroes Arise" on the Colony Library Lady website. To read the review, go to: http://colonylibrarylady.com/2012/10/29/heroes-arise To view my book...
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Oct.25.2012
"Names are humanity," posted Rich Maggiani on his blog in 2009.  "Names create a connection that moves beyond the mundane, the everyday transactions of life." I agree.  Few of us would prefer being addressed as "Mr. 2271" or "Ms. H7m4Y."  Our traditional surnames and given names...
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Oct.13.2012
Great news!  I’ll be moderating the steampunk panel at the upcoming World Fantasy Convention in Toronto.  This is an honor and I thank the WFC 2012 Programming Committee for including me.  The panel description is as follows: Friday, Nov. 2, 5:00 p.m. STEAMPUNK  (York B&C)...
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Oct.08.2012
This was Hispanic Heritage Month? Already? Well, that’s what the TV news guy claimed.   I sipped my claret.  The guy kept on talking.  Oh, yeah. September 15 to October 15.   Man, but this past year had sailed by fast.  My brain grew too old to keep up with my...
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Sep.25.2012
Hi all, Today I created my first book trailer using Animoto and I'm happy with the result.  Most of the work was done beforehand collecting royalty-free pictures and music.  Making the actual video was pretty fast, all things considered.  Authors out there should give it a try. Go to...
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Sep.25.2012
  I stare at the crimson printing on my computer screen.  Crisp black lines frame electronic words of caution.  What is this, anyway?  The 1877 U.S. Senatorial report on Chinese immigration I Googled?  Or the “boxed warning” for a toxic drug? The red letters form an...
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Sep.25.2012
  I stare at the crimson printing on my computer screen.  Crisp black lines frame electronic words of caution.  What is this, anyway?  The 1877 U.S. Senatorial report on Chinese immigration I Googled?  Or the “boxed warning” for a toxic drug? The red letters form an...
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