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#Ghosts and Ouija Boards: The #Spiritual Telegraph #Paranormal #Romance #Halloween

In part-one of last week’s column about the Spiritual Telegraph, we learned that the Fox sisters, who lived in New York, were able to communicate with disembodied spooks through raps, finger snapping, and voice commands. In this post, which concludes the series, we learn how séances and Ouija boards became popular conduits for mediumship in the […]

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Rapping with #Ghosts: The Spiritual Telegraph #Paranormal #Romance #Halloween

Ever wonder if Ouija boards and Mediums really speak to spirits? While researching the séance scene in my #1 best-selling Romance novel, SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE (which is currently on sale!), I read about the Spiritual Telegraph, which was a popular way for Victorian Americans to contact their Dearly Departed during an intimate gathering of friends around a parlor table. […]

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Writers Block: Tips for Overcoming the Blank Mind Syndrome

Writers Block: Tips for Overcoming the Blank Mind Syndrome Howdy, fellow Procrastinators! Yes, I am writing blog posts instead of my novel. ::Eh-hem:: Thought you might enjoy these words of wit and wisdom from famous authors. Norman Mailer, The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing: “Over the years, I’ve found one rule. It is the only one […]

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Writers on Writing: The Hardest Profession in the World?

Writers on Writing:  The Hardest Profession in the World? I don’t know why fiction writers seem so eager to express angst.  It seems like the lion’s share of wit and wisdom expressed by authors, who are writing about their profession, focuses on one primary theme:  that writing novels is HARD. For example: “Writing is so […]

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Writers on Writing: Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

Writers on Writing: Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain As a child, I was familiar with Tom Sawyer, but I didn’t fall in love with Mark Twain until my high school Language Arts class. We were studying The Adventures of Huck Finn, which begins with the following warning to the reader: “Persons attempting to find […]

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Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway

Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway If you’re going to listen to writing advice, you might as well listen to the most acclaimed authors in the world, right?  That’s why I’m featuring this series of posts based on fiction-writing tips from literary masters.  Today’s tip for writing great fiction comes from Ernest Hemingway:  “To […]

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5 Ways to Get a Good Review

5 Ways to Get a Good Review [Note from Adrienne deWolfe:  Please welcome back guest columnist, Carrie Slager, who reviews books for The Mad Reviewer blog. This is Part II in Carrie’s series. You’ll find more  tips in Part I of her series, Tips for Dealing with Book Reviewers.] Last week I touched on the […]

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Tips for Dealing with Book Reviewers

Tips for Dealing with Book Reviewers:  From the Trenches Note from Adrienne deWolfe:  Please welcome guest columnist, Carrie Slager, who reviews books for The Mad Reviewer blog. Carrie has agreed to write a behind-the-scenes, 2-part series on reviewing books for “fun” and maybe even profit.  Have you ever wondered how somebody gets to hang their […]

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Ghost Hunters Investigate Haunted Pizza in Austin, Texas

  A couple of years ago, word got out around the Austin freelancing community that I “dig” paranormal stuff, like crystal balls, psychics, ghosts — and especially — magic.  That’s when the editor of a small town newspaper, the Oak Hill Gazette, gave me a call.  He told me I would be the ideal reporter […]

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Networking for Writers: Conference Etiquette (Part 2)

Networking for Writers:  Conference Etiquette (Part 2) Networking is a form of word-of-mouth marketing. At a writing conference, you must learn to market yourself in ways that make you memorable –- but for all the right reasons.  This article is Part 2 in a 2-part series that shares networking tips for writers who plan to […]

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