Lords of Chaos

When I started this series, back in July of 2018, I had no idea that I’d be finishing it up in late October of 2020, a year later than planned.

I couldn’t have imagined that my parents’ health would take a nose dive with E.coli, heart attacks, and a stroke. Nor that the world would be dealing with a rampaging virus and all the associated anxiety. Who knew that Chaos would become the order of the day – on and off the page?

But writing is about perseverance, determination, patience. Those who’ve finished books, regardless of the everyday chaos in their lives, know what I’m talking about. There’s no easy path up the mountain, and sometimes the journey becomes strenuous. There are cramps. There are blisters. We’re grubby and worn out when we get to top. But what a breathtaking view!

So here I stand at the top of my little summit, enjoying the sunshine and leafing through the latest book. Lords of Chaos finishes up the Unraveling the Veil series. I wonder what awaits me on the other side.

The Blurb

In this thrilling conclusion to the Unraveling the Veil series, tensions mount and war looms.

After saving the changeling queen from a savage death, a second sworn oath sends Naj, Alue, and Talin to the mine where the first disappearances set the wheels of anarchy in motion. But it’s not the renders of Kalann il Drakk, the First of Chaos, who confront them in the blackness of the collapsed tunnels. It’s another foe, no less deadly.

When brutality strikes in the stone cells of the Authority, accusations and blame splinter trust. The fragile threads of loyalty that once bound the companions together on an impossible mission fray. The alliance finally breaks.

Naj, a goblin mage and traitor, returns to Jad’ra, determined to defend his home. With nothing to lose, Talin retreats to the changelings’ jungle to find his queen a stranger and his city on the verge of burning. Alue journeys to the Riverlands on a hopeless quest to enlist the aid of the elfin king.

All the while, the First of Chaos gloats. For only as allies will his three adversaries prevail. Above the hall of the First, the Veil vanishes before the truth. The hordes of chaos descend on the known land, and the final battle begins.

Review of Book 1: Liars and Thieves

Thank you to Cathleen Townsend, author of Twelve Tales of Christmas.

Goblins, elves, and changelings—they’d lived together for ages in an uneasy peace, in a world where only a Veil separated them from their gods. They’d successfully shared their world, but it was unclear if they could continue to share its resources.

All of them desired crystals. The goblins mined them, elves needed them to power their weapons and homes, and changelings used to them to shift shape. Goblins trusted no one—they carefully rationed the crystals available to their rivals. Elves knew better than to trust the lesser races—goblins were grasping and changelings were nothing but thieves. And changelings knew better than to trust either of them. Elves collared changelings and prevented them from shifting shape, and goblins were a humorless lot who cared only for amassing wealth.

But now their world is literally coming apart. A rash of earthquakes causes losses from all three races, and all of them are certain that one of the others is at fault. Alue, an elf, the goblin Naj, and the shapeshifter Talin all try to solve the mystery and save their people. But what hasn’t occurred to any of them is that someone beyond the Veil might be responsible. And if they can’t see past their own prejudices to figure out how to defeat an immortal, the Lord of Chaos may well defeat them all.

Fantasy readers sometimes argue over the most important elements of a good book. Is it unique world building, characters who seem to live and breathe of their own accord, or a plot that just never lets up? Snappy dialogue, intense action sequences, and characters who struggle to grow—these are all elements that writers labor to incorporate into their work.

Fear not. Liars and Thieves has all these things. As a first book of a trilogy, it’s a solid, compelling read—highly recommended.

Happy Reading!

The Spinner

I’m finding myself at a loss for words lately, so I’m surrendering and sharing this sublime poem by Sue Vincent.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The Spinner by Thomas Eakins

She sits and spins,
A tapestry of wonders taking shape and life
Between her vision and her words.
Her mind a world away
From errant children setting out
To carry the spark of life
To a new dawning.

And yet, within that spark
Her fire blooms.
A wildflower sown
And rooted in their souls.

Planted with love,
Watered with tears,
Nurtured with laughter
And cherished wisdom.

Looking back as the tide takes them,
Her children see only the distant beacon
Of a mother’s love.

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WINNER of the A Mused Poetry Contest 10/16/2020

For years, Chelsea Owens hosted a weekly Terrible Poetry Contest. It was hysterical to say the least. This year, the Terrible Poetry Contest retired and Chelsea replaced it with the highbrow A Mused Poetry Contest. My silly limerick won top honors this week. Take a peek for a quick laugh, and think about joining in the weekly fun.

Chel Owens

Ah, the classic comeuppance due to the deserving braggart; the fall after the pride; the karma to one’s hubris -this was the theme for this week’s amusing writers.

Only one rose above the rest to claim the dubious honor of funniest, and that was:

Untitled, by D. Wallace Peach
When the fireworks failed to ignite
The smoker asked for a light
With a big inhale
The swaggering male
Set off to light up the night

He applied his cig without care
Smug when the fuse caught and flared
An arrogant rube
He peered down the tube
And the night lit up with his hair

Congratulations, D. Wallace! You are the funniest poet for the week! I would be outright lying if I didn’t say that several of these poems made me laugh out loud. The illustrious Madame Peach’s poem won for her hilarious imagery, excellent vocabulary, and humorous…

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Songs of Heartstrings Trailer Produced by Diana W. Peach

As a thank you to all the bloggers who helped me with my launch, I drew a name from a hat and offered to make a trailer for the winner. Miriam won. Pop over and check out the new trailer for her book Songs of Heartstrings.

We’re having link problems, so you can get there Here.

The Showers of Blessings

A little less than two years ago, I clicked “publish” for my poetry collection Songs of Heartstrings. It was beyond exciting to me. Today, I’m sharing something as exciting as publishing my book.

Here’s the back story: WhenDiana W. Peach had her book launch of Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1), there were many bloggers/authors on board the train hosting her launch. It was gracious of her to reward one host by drawing a name. The prize was to produce a trailer for this winner.

Guess what? I was the winner. Hooray!

Diana is a perfectionist with literacy, writing, and visual production! She sent me a website to pick a soundtrack and asked for some images. I used my photography and paintings to illustrate the poems, so it was easy for me to select the images. She asked me to pick my favorite poem to…

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Welcome Teagan and her latest book Hullaba Lulu

I’m so pleased to welcome Teagan to the Mirror to share her latest book. I haven’t read this one from end to end yet, though I caught a lot of episodes on her blog. Now I can read the whole novella without interruption! Teagan has a wild imagination and this one promises to be another zany, fantastical read. Take it away, Teagan:

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Hi, Diana. Thanks so much for hosting me to announce my novella, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure. I know you already have a lot on your plate. Congratulations on a superb launch for your latest, Liars and Thieves.

Even though this story was a blog serial in 2018, it will have a different “feel” to sit down and read it as a book. Plus there are plenty of people who weren’t on the dieselpunk train back then.

What is “dieselpunk” anyway? Hullaba Lulu has a 1920s aesthetic with retro-futuristic technology, a dash of magic, and some creepy settings, along with a crew of misfit characters. Lulu is a snarky, but good-hearted flapper. She and her friends get into all sorts of trouble (often due to Lulu’s clumsiness). They travel on a magical train to a lot of “sideways” places.

At the back of the novella I included a list of Real-World Things. The one I’m sharing here is the Tesla Coil, which was also known as a lightning machine. I’m including a related snippet from the novella.

Real-World Thing

Tesla tower. Image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Tesla tower. Illustration by Teagan R. Geneviene

Tesla Coil (Lightning Machine) is an electrical resonant transformer circuit designed by inventor Nikola Tesla in 1891. Tesla used these circuits to conduct innovative experiments in electrical lighting, phosphorescence, X-ray generation, high frequency alternating current phenomena, electrotherapy, and the transmission of electrical energy without wires. Tesla coil circuits were used commercially in spark-gap radio transmitters for wireless telegraphy until the 1920s, and in medical equipment such as electrotherapy and violet ray devices.

Snippet

The Tesla coil comes into the story several times. Here’s a snippet:

I moved to a device with a sphere and lightning bolts that ran steadily to another machine.

“Hello, Miss. Your friends are looking for you,” an angel-bot commented as he entered the control room. “Do be careful. All the instruments are precisely set and require delicate handling,” he added in the typically matter-of-fact way of the clockwork creatures.

“What’s this thing?” I asked of the lightning bolt device.

“Ah! The Tesla Coil. It was made by Nikola Tesla himself and gifted to Valentino,” the angel-bot explained with a tone of awe.

I had heard of Nikola Tesla. He sounded like a real grouch. No wonder Valentino knew him. Grouches of a feather… Maybe Tesla wore those pointy toed shoes too. Those dog kennels would make anybody grumpy.

“Something seems rather off about the devise,” the angel-bot said with an inquisitive tilt to his bluish gold head. “I should—” he stopped talking and blinked at me as if I were suddenly the object of his curiosity...

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Video Book Trailer

Diana, thanks again for letting me visit. You’re the caterpillar’s kimono!

Here’s the rest of the information for Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Cover and Blurb

Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story. Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose. My Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water. She snores and burps and says whatever she wants. Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper. The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.

Travel with Lulu and her friends on a magical, dieselpunk train that belongs to the smolderingly handsome and enigmatic man known only as Valentino. They get into all sorts of trouble, usually due to Lulu’s clumsiness. It’s an intense ride through a number of pos-i-lutely creepy settings, including “sideways” versions of Atlantic City and the Cotton Club. At every stop and in between, Lulu ends up creating chaos. There’s no telling where they’ll end up. No, Lulu! Don’t touch that!

Lulu’s the kind of smarty, breaks up every party,

Hullabaloo loo, don’t bring Lulu,

I’ll bring her myself!

Purchase Links

Throughout October, Hullaba Lulu is at an introductory price. The eBooks are only 99¢. For those who boycott Amazon I made a Kobo eBook too.

Kindle: Click this universal link

Paperback: Click this universal link

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hullaba-lulu

Hullaba Lulu promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Also…

While it is not exactly a companion volume to any of my Roaring Twenties stories, I’ve written a 1920s slang dictionary. I’m careful to use slang in a context that makes it understandable, but you might enjoy having Speak Flapper. It debuted at #1 in its category at Amazon. Here’s a review from Annika Perry at Goodreads.

Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes one kind of fantasy or another, including the “Punk” genres, like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no extremes in violence, sex, or profanity.

Her talents also include book covers and promotional images. She makes all of her own. Teagan is currently exploring the idea of offering that service to others.

All of the books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene are available at her Amazon Author Page.

Amazon Author Page Universal Link

Her latest release is from the punk genres, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Social Media Links

You can also visit me at:

Blog: www.teagansbooks.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/

I Miss Summer

I have another post scheduled for tomorrow, but even if only for a day, this one is worth sharing. When Lenora let’s her words fly, they soar. Enjoy some exquisite writing. ❤

Ocean Bream

I miss summer, with its sudden thunderstorms and endless light.

Hot, silent, still.

The grass crackles and folds and pales under the glare of a ferocious sun.

And then the rain gushes down in a torrent akin to a waterfall. As quickly as it started, an invisible tap turns off, clouds scudding away to reveal the bluest skies.

Endless deep contemplation in the vast azure.

Stretching over the world and into the distance.

Paling even as it speeds away, until it dissolves into ethereal nothingness.

Hours seem endless, meditation and reflection come with ease. Welcoming atmosphere. Gentle breeze.

I suppose there is a beauty to autumn too. Summer has to burn itself out, and bow to the change in season. Accept the rain, accept age. Accept that life must stand still after months of ravenous growth.

There is a beauty to lashings of endless rain, droplets light enough to dust…

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Gratefulness, a Winner, and an Autumn Reading Challenge

Gratefulness

The brakes on the goblin railship squeal. The crystal-powered engine rolls into Ka Radiff in the Borderland. I clomp down the stairs to the dusty platform, the first to disembark. It’s the end of the tour through the known world beneath the Veil.

I wait at the bottom of the steps, smiling, grateful, so amazed at your kindness and enthusiasm. From beginning to end, I had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those who traveled with me, hosted the parties along the way, and stopped by to cheer my book on. As you descend to the station, I smile and wish you amazing adventures ahead.

A Winner

As part of hosting my official tour, I offered to draw a name from a hat (plastic container). The winner would receive my very best effort at a book or blog trailer. My husband did the honors. These terrible blurry photos are:

Randy’s hand in the container

Randy opening the crinkled paper

And the winner is:

Miriam Hurdle

I’m so excited to work with Miriam and create a trailer for her book Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. Yay! Congrats to Miriam.

 

 

An Autumn Reading Challenge

My kindle overfloweth. One of the surprising results of a book tour is how many books I purchased from hosts and visitors. OMG! A clear consequence of unquenchable book-enthusiasm. Lol. To whittle down my pile, I’m challenging myself to read 60 books this season. No writing, no silly games on my phone, no mindless TV. Just lots of reading on the treadmill while trying not to trip! Wish me luck!

Thanks again to all my tour hosts, to everyone who visited and commented and visited and commented and visited. Lol. I’m so grateful all the readers who picked up a book and to the generous souls who provide the world with reviews. Happy Reading!

 

Liars and Thieves – Book Launch Central

Welcome to Launch Central for Liars and Thieves, the opening book of the fantasy series: Unraveling the Veil.

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who offered their support and encouragement, and a special thank you to everyone who agreed to share the news on your blogs. I am overwhelmed by your kindness.

First, a little Happy Dance from your hostess:

Then help yourselves to some refreshments:

And hop aboard the goblin railship.

Below is a list of tour locations. Click on the blue link to get to the blog site and learn a unique tidbit about the book.

And while you’re there, I hope you’ll take the time to visit the posts of these generous and talented bloggers and writers.

Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

August 29

Jacqui Murray – Worddreams

Check out: A First Review of Liars and Thieves!

Jacqui’s Book: Against All Odds

 

 

August 30

Cage Dunn – Cage Dunn: Fibber, Fabricator, Teller-of-Tall-Tales

A Post from Cage: Diaballein 

Cage’s Book: Diaballein

August 31

Kennedy j. Quinn – Miss Liv Adventures – A Journey through Time… and Time Again

Q&A: Does Liars and Thieves have a map? 

A Post from Kennedy: The Lost Train Anthology: New release

Kennedy’s Book: Miss Liv Adventures Book Series

 

September 1

Kayla Brown – A Couple of B’s

Q&A: Your goblins aren’t stereotypical goblins. How did that come about?

A Post from Kayla: Top Ten Tuesday: Kayla’s Top Ten Audiobook Pick 

 

Staci Toilo – Staci Troilo: mulitgenre author also writing as DL Cross

Q&A: Which character was the most interesting to write?

A Post from Staci – Five Cover Reveals

Staci’s Book: The Gate: An Invasion Universe Novel (Astral Conspiracy Book 1)

 

Kim Laettner – Peace, Love and Patchouli

Q&A: Fantasy is a broad genre. Can you narrow down the description of this series?

Kim’s Book: Diary of a Middle-Aged Mermaid

 

 

Miriam Hurdle – The Showers of Blessings

Q&A: How do changelings shift into animal shapes?

Miriam’s Book: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude

 

A.S. Akkalon – Fantasy Author – Fantasy books, terrible advice and random silliness

Q&A: Do you have an image that shows a goblin city?

A Post from A. S.: Why I haven’t read your book

September 2

D. L Finn – Author D. L. Finn

Q&A: On and off, Talin spends a decade as Slink, a marten. What’s a marten?

Book: Just Her Poetry: Seasons of the Soul

 

 

Elizabeth Gauffreau: Elizabeth Gauffreau

Q&A: This series took almost 3 years to write. Why?

A Post from Liz: Where the Story Wants to Go

Liz’s Book: Telling Sonny

 

September 3

acflory – Meeka’s Mind

Q&A: Do you create the plot to suit your characters, or do you create the characters to drive the plot? Or a bit of both?

Andrea’s Book: Miira (book 1 of Innerscape)

 

Jan Sikes – Writing and Music

A Post from Jan: Sunshine Blogger Award!

Jan’s Book: Flowers and Stone

 

 

Elizabeth Merry – embookstuff

Q&A: Do you write for a specific audience?

Elizabeth’s Book: We All Die in the End

 

September 4

Robbie Cheadle – Robbie’s Inspiration

Q&A: What kind of magical skills do the elves in your story possess?

A Post from Robbie: Covid-19 twisted fairy tale cake

Robbie’s Book: Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

 

Teri Polen – Books and Such

Q&A: What kind of magical skills do the goblins in your story possess?

Teri’s Book: Subject A36 (The Colony Series Book 1)

 

Debby Gies – D. G. Kaye, Writer

Q&A: Author Chat with D. G. Kaye

Debby’s Book: Twenty Years After I Do

 

 

Pete Springer – Pete Springer

Q&A: Why does shape-shifting cause the environment to heat or cool?

A post from Pete: A Funny Memory

Pete’s Book: They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher

 

Dawn D. – Dawn’s Nights

Q&A: Do you have an image that shows your inspiration for the Borderland?

A Post from Dawn: Black Lives Matter

 

September 5

Sue Vincent – Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Q&A: What draws you to the fantasy genre?

A Post from Sue: France and Vincent… Finding Don and Wen

Sue’s Book: The Initiate (Triad of Albion Book 1)

 

Marjorie Mallon – MJ Mallon YA Author and Poet

Q&A:What prompted you to write in your chosen genre?

A Post from Marje: A Warm Welcome to Kyrosmagica – Crystal Magic – The Magical Home of Books, Writing, and Inspiration

Marje’s Book: A Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

September 6

Jina S. Bazaar – Jina S. Bazaar – Author’s Inspirations

Q&A: Naj’ar’s weapon of choice is a glaive. What’s that?

A Post from Jina: About Heir of Ashes

Jina’s Book: Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files Book 1)

September 7

Tessa Pulyer – Tessa Talks Books

Q&A: Why are you releasing the whole trilogy within 60 days?

 

 

Felicia Denise – Felicia Denise, Author

Q&A: Which character was the hardest to write?

A Post from Felicia: #Teaser, “Malice and Forethought: Short Stories of Malice and Murder”

Felicia’s Book: Malice and Forethought: Short Stories of Malice and Murder

September 8

Trent McDonald – Trent’s World (the Blog)

Q&A: In the Unraveling the Veil trilogy, what skills does a mage possess?

A Post from Trent: Embers – Short Stories 

Trent’s Book: Embers: Short Stories

 

Julie Holmes – Facets of a Muse

Q&A: How did you come up with the titles for your books in this series?

A Post from Julie: It’s Here! #mystery #aviation #amreading #newbook #releaseday

Julie’s Book: Murder in Plane Sight (Sierra Bauer Mystery)

 

September 9

Bette Stevens – Bette Stevens, Maine Author

Q&A: Why are changelings vegetarians?

A Post from Bette: Happy Birthday Maine! + #Writing Challenge

Bette’s Book: My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons

 

Audrey Driscoll – Audrey Driscoll’s Blog

Q&A: What was the biggest challenge in writing this story?

A Post from Audrey: New Book: Tales from the Annexe

Audrey’s Book: Tales from the Annexe

 

September 10

Mae Clair – From the Pen of Mae Clair

Q&A: At one point the story suggests that all people are changelings. What does that mean?

A Post from Mae: New Release: Murder They Wrote

Mae’s Book: Murder they Wrote: An Anthology of Short Fiction

 

September 15

Leonard White – Len’s Diary

Q&A: What part of writing is easy for you?

A Post from Len: In Between

 

 

September 16

Gabriela Marie Milton – Short Prose

Q&A: How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite of your books and if so, why?

A Post from Gabriela: Moonlight Love 

Gabriela’s Book: Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

September 19

Steven Baird – Ordinary Handsome

Q&A: How do you define success?

Steven’s Book: Ordinary Handsome

 

 

September 22

Jessica Bakkers – Jessica Bakkers Creator of Speculative Fiction and Dark Fantasy

Check out: A Review of Liars and Thieves

Jessica’s Book: Guns of Perdition

 

 

Book Information:

Title: Liars and Thieves

Series: Unraveling the Veil, Book 1

Genre: Fantasy

Kindle Global Link

Soon available in Paperback

Pondering Time Zones

All images from Pixabay

Andrea (acflory) from Meeka’s Mind and I were emailing about time zones relative to my launch. Our discussion made me think of this old post from the archives. I hope it gives you a smile. 🙂

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No stranger to discussions of the fluidity of perception, I’m often pondering the different ways we interpret events, places, and people. I include myself in the mix. Who I am is entirely based on a host of perspectives, mine and others, and it changes minute by minute.

Even the date and time of my birth is subject to interpretation depending where you and I live relative to the International Date Line. Time is real, I suppose, but it’s also invented. When my brother used to fly back from Guam, he would arrive in Seattle an hour before he left Guam. Weird, huh?

When I started blogging, I became more aware of the play of time zones. I’m closer to the time-flip than quite a few readers so while I’m posting over a coffee and buttered bagel, some of you are slipping into your pajamas after a long day. If I post in the afternoon, you’re snoozing or rushing off to work… tomorrow.

WordPress occasionally confuses me. My stats show views on Tuesday while here it’s still Monday. My posts are time-traveling into the future! You’re commenting into the past.

Then it gets more complicated…

According to Kiss Metrics timing is everything and knowing when to post is “mandatory” for any successful blogger.

  • The highest percentage of bloggers read posts in the morning. Therefore, I should post occasionally at night?
  • A higher percentage of men read blogs in the evening and at night. Oh, so perhaps I should post in the morning…
  • The average blog gets the most traffic on Monday.  So, now and then I should post on Sunday which is Monday in half of the world.

To be fair, these recommendations are based on Eastern Standard Time, so it shouldn’t be all that muddling to me. Yet I care about my readers across the oceans and continents, and I think about them and where they are in their “times,” so near and yet thousands of miles away.

To finish off the stats here are the rest (based on EST):

  • The average blog gets the most traffic around 11 AM.
  • The average blog gets the most comments on Saturday.
  • The average blog gets the most clinks on Monday and Thursday.
  • The average blog gets the most clicks at 7 AM.

According to that round up, the best time for me to post is just before 4 AM on Saturday morning. Not gonna happen.

I’d love to hear about your slice of agreed-upon time. What day and time is it for you? When you blog, do you pay attention to time zones?

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries 2020- Pot Luck #Writing – Why to avoid “ing” words in fiction by D. Wallace Peach

I’m over at Sally Cronin’s today with a reblog of a writing post about why to avoid “ING” words. If you missed it, stop by for a gander. And while visiting, be sure to browse Sally’s smorgasbord of offerings. Happy Friday and have a glorious (and safe) weekend!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the first post for Diana Wallace Peach and this week some help when navigating the grammar rules regarding the ‘ing’ words..

A few weeks ago, I had a blog-conversation with Jacqui Murray of Worddreams  about editing out “ing” words. I’ve heard many times that these words should be avoided when writing fiction but never understood why. While some writing no-nos stab me in the eye every time I read them (such as filter words words), “ing” words never really bothered me.

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