Author Archives: Marion

When Characters Wander Off

I don’t mean in the literary sense, where you the writer, on impulse, let the characters turn down that narrow lane, or jump on the bus to Ithaca, New York even though that’s nowhere in the plot, or even on … Continue reading

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Let’s Do a Writing Exercise

First of all, a quotation: “He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89. I was a kid then, barely topping the backboard of father’s old chuck-wagon. I was on the upper rail of our small corral, soaking in … Continue reading

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Television Tuesday: The Iron Baby

(These shows have been cancelled on FOX, and I watched them On Demand. I think Netflix has cancelled them too.) I’ve now watched Iron Fist, Season One and Marvel’s The Defenders, Season One. there is no escaping Danny Rand, aka … Continue reading

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TV Tuesday: Pandora, on the CW.

Pandora airs on the CW at 8:00 pm Tuesdays. It’s aimed at a younger demographic than the CW’s DC Comics Universe Shows, Roswell, New Mexico, or those tween/millennial remakes of nighttime soaps like Dynasty. I’d guess that Pandora’s target age … Continue reading

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Readers’ Favorite

Readers’ Favorite gave Aluminum Leaves a 5-star rating. The reviewer said it was a fantasy “of majestic scale.” Overall, I’m pleased by the generous review, given by a reader who clearly “got” the story. Readers Favorite exists to connect readers … Continue reading

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The Wand That Rocks the Cradle Available for Pre-Order

The fantasy anthology The Wand that Rocks the Cradle will be out September 15, but it’s available for a Kindle pre-order now. Mine is one of eight stories about families and magic. Families; they can be your bedrock and your … Continue reading

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The Circus Came to Town

Flynn Creek Circus gave several performances at the Sebastopol Grange. This small family circus works closely with youth circuses and non-profit circus camps. Like most small venues, the focus is on tumbling, ropes and rings, juggling and magic tricks. No … Continue reading

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So, What is Bookscan, Anyway?

When I set up my author page on Amazon, I discovered that one tool I can now use is NPD Bookscan. Bookscan is an arm of the Neilsen corporation, the same people who used to do television rating (I guess … Continue reading

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Girls Burn Brighter, by Shobha Rao

The heart of Shobha Rao’s debut novel is the friendship between two girls, Poornima and Savitha. That friendship and the memory of it nourishes them and gives them dreams. The question is whether it is enough to ensure their physical … Continue reading

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The Launch Party, Thoughts and Photos

I am overcome with appreciation and gratitude for the number of people who turned out for the launch party on Sunday, August 11. It was literally standing room only! While I knew nearly everybody there, three young Coast Guard members, … Continue reading

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