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Milena Benini – Women’s History Month

The (not so little) Space Opera that Killed Space operas have been known to contain dangerous bug-eyed monsters, but none were as deadly as this novel! I’ve been writing since I was twelve, publishing since I was fourteen, and that’s a very long time. And in all those years of publishing, no other piece of …

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Dawn Meredith – Women’s History Month

Crazy Hummingbird www.dawnmeredithauthor.blogspot.com Last year I was like a hummingbird, frantically flapping about, struggling to fit in everything I had to do and fighting resentment of my life, my husband, my child. When I stopped sleeping I had to ask myself, was it all worth it? Maybe it was time to hang up the clogs …

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Sue Burke – Women’s History Month

Who wears the pants? When I was in grade school in the 1960s in Wisconsin, girls could not wear slacks to school except on days when we had physical education, and then only for half-days. At lunch, we had to go home and change. We also sometimes wore slacks under our skirts on cold winter …

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Isolde Martyn – Women’s History Month

EDUCATE A WOMAN AND… My Mum died just before Christmas at the age of 96 and I am so proud of what she achieved. It can’t have been easy growing up in the Depression. She won a scholarship to the town’s grammar school. It separated her from the village kids she had grown up with …

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K.J. Taylor – Women’s History Month

I consider myself a naturally lucky sort of person, and one of the many good fortunes I’ve experienced in my life is that I’ve never really had to worry about being treated differently because I’m a woman. Of course there was the usual nonsense when I was in primary school, and I’ve been (mildy) sexually …

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LynC- Women’s History Month

Once upon a time there was a child. The fact that she was female is irrelevant to this tale, but you can take is as written that she was. She started writing as soon as she could shape the letters, long before she could spell. Her early achievements included a nice little poem about flying …

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Wendy Orr: Women’s History Month

My first guest this year is the wonderful Wendy Orr. And the theme this year… well, I’ll let her explain it herself. In 1991, I broke my neck in a car accident. Actually, the driver who went through a Give Way sign at 140 km could be said to have broken it for me, but …

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Handling Writer’s Block: the needs hierarchy

A few weeks ago I taught my students how to avoid writer’s block. The fun part of the class was playing with the techniques so many people I know use to defeat the mongrel: writing prompts, everyday mechanisms for overcoming temporary silences. I spent most of the class, however, teaching my students two much larger …

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Tracing progress and telling stories: keeping readers informed

Just over a decade ago I had an intense discussion with the editor of my first novel. We were talking about The Art of Effective Dreaming, which was going to be my second novel before Rita and Ike and Katrina effected the first block of gross interference. The editor’s name was Tamara and she told …

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Some things to keep in mind when you’re writing historical fantasy

Originally posted on LJ on 22/10/2007 (mildly edited) 1. Don’t use a cuisine that comes from another continent a thousand years into the future. Don’t use tools that come from another continent a thousand years into the future. Don’t use farming or building techniques that come from another continent a thousand years into the future. …

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