Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

I can't tell you all how happy I am to be hosting today's guest. We've been friends for years and have had stories published in the same anthologies, but I don't think we've ever released novels so close to each other before. Today, let's celebrate Joan Hall's latest release, Unknown Reasons, and welcome her back … Continue reading Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

City Sidewalks

♩  ♪  ♫  ♬   City sidewalks, busy sidewalks...  ♬  ♫  ♪ ♩ That's all I feel safe in saying. That's a common enough phrase, but beyond this could be copyright issues. Still, if you want to hear the song and get in the mood, here you go: Okay, so what's the point in all this? Well, … Continue reading City Sidewalks

Writing Inspiration Comes from the Strangest Places

I was diagnosed with a congenital back condition when I was eighteen. I'd been having more and more pain, and finally I had to undergo a series of tests to determine the problem. One such test was the dreaded MRI. To the average observer, it looks like a medical machine. The knocking sounds it makes … Continue reading Writing Inspiration Comes from the Strangest Places

Do You Believe in Curses by Mae Clair

I'm thrilled to welcome friend and fellow writer Mae Clair back to my little slice of the blogosphere today. She just released book three of her Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour, which I reviewed not long ago. Today she wants to discuss curses, and I can't think of a better person to dive into … Continue reading Do You Believe in Curses by Mae Clair

What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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My Grandfather and My Inspiration

February 7 is a difficult day for me. My grandfather—my hero—passed away on February 7, 1986. It's been 31 years, and I have long since come to terms with the loss, but in some ways, the pain is still raw. Memories of him usually result in smiles or laughter, but sometimes they still bring tears. … Continue reading My Grandfather and My Inspiration

It’s Element-ary, Watson!

Okay, I admit it. The title of this post is hokey. Way hokey. But in honor of my dad’s peculiar sense of humor (Bob jokes are bad enough but his puns are dreadful), I had to do it. Today I’m talking about elements. Not the metals and noble gases that gave us all headaches in … Continue reading It’s Element-ary, Watson!

Two Mythologies, One Post

As you know by now, Love Set in Stone deals with the mythology of the gargoyle—the stone creature who perches on the tops of buildings and watches over humanity, scaring away evil and protecting the innocent from any harms that might come their way. But there is another mythology referenced in my novel, one that … Continue reading Two Mythologies, One Post

Oghmaniac Blog-a-Thon Post on Writing by Staci Troilo

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Today’s post is by Staci Troilo. Visit her website or click the link to visit her blog: How Embracing Family History Can Result in Poignant Stories (reproduced below).

How Embracing Family History Can Result in Poignant Stories

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The Italian-Americans.

There’s a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh right now about a PBS special called The Italian Americans. It’s not just running in Pittsburgh; I was able to watch the series here. I just don’t think people are talking about it here like they are at home. (Probably because my family and I are the only Italians in Arkansas. Hyperbole, anyone?)

My husband and I watch the History Channel a lot, so watching a documentary on PBS isn’t much different from our usual viewing. What was different, however, was my visceral response to the program. I was…

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I Was Invited Out… Come Visit Me!

An online friend, Laura Hedgecock, kindly invited me to write a guest post on her blog. She writes primarily about sharing memories, so I shared—what else?—a memory about my Italian heritage. Please join me over at her blog to read about Easter bread and Easter pizza, and what that means to me: http://treasurechestofmemories.com/2013/03/20/recipe-for-posterity/