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A Kiss for Luck, Author, Isa McLaren, Keep the Mark Happy -

Now that you have your basic bar set up with the necessary tools, some glassware, and a few bottles, it’s time to add more booze. As I said in the earlier post, start with the alcohol you like. Next, add what your friends like. Within reason. Just because Joel only drinks carrot-beet shrubs doesn’t mean you have to keep some on hand. Nobody likes Joel anyway. Let’s start with vodka. It’s the prime ingredient for Cosmos, Screwdrivers, Black Russians, Bloody Marys, and my personal favorite, Lemon Drops. If these classic cocktails sound good, you’re in luck. Mixing vodka with juice...

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is the last in a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. (Links to previous articles at bottom of post.) A swift summary of what I have learned from Research The main thing I have learned about research is that I have no self-discipline. I have the attention span of a kitten in a feather factory, I am easily diverted, and I take really bad notes. But I have also found that research is useful.  Any writer of fiction has to understand that research is not confined to the...

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A Kiss for Luck, Art of Lying, Author, Isa McLaren -

Imagine being able to ride a dragon. ‘Fess up. You know you’ve wanted to since you first read Dragonriders of Pern. Or The Hobbit. Or Eragon. Or any of a zillion others. Soaring above the clouds, taking that deep dive until the tips of the dragon’s wings brush across a lake, roasting the castle of that dude who uses his string trimmer at 7am on Saturdays.

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Author, King's Silver, Lyssa Medana, Out of the London Mist -

Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana and this is a series of articles with my thoughts on research and the fiction author. I hope that you can use them as a starting point for your own writing journey. When to Walk Away from Research When it comes to too much research, I am a bad example. I go down all the rabbit holes. I research obscure things that make no sense. There is such a thing as too much research and I am a living example of it. If you are writing fiction, the most important thing is the story. You want...

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A Kiss for Luck, Art of Lying, Author, Isa McLaren, Keep the Mark Happy -

“Where do you get your ideas?” This annoying question is often posed by non-writers. The answer I give them is, “I subscribe to a newsletter for them.” This is the fun part of telling lies. If you want a more profitable (yet entirely legal) answer, I offer these sites:

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