The Publishing Roadmap Preview

That's right! October 1 I'll be releasing the third and finally installment of the author roadmap series over in my shop. The series covers everything from Nanowrimo to writing your first book on your own schedule, how to settle on and develop an idea, all the way through to picking what publishing path works best… Continue reading The Publishing Roadmap Preview


Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is one of those "old timey" diseases I've been aware of since I was a kid--not just because I read a lot of historical fiction as a kid, but also because I grew up in mosquito country. But knowing it exists isn't the same as knowing what it does. So what is yellow… Continue reading Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever


History in Pictures

Alas, I am not sharing convention pictures with you today as I'd planned. As usual, I didn't even think to take pictures while at Steampunk Symposium. I didn't have nearly as much down time this year as I usually do, as I was on a total of 6 panels, and also had to be part… Continue reading History in Pictures


Top 10 Nonfiction Books

Just a personal list of a few favorites I've read over the years. All links go to Amazon for the sake of ease, but I do highly encourage you to buy from your local indie bookstore, if possible. In no particular order: 1. The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum I love Deborah Blum; she has… Continue reading Top 10 Nonfiction Books


Book Review: The Transformation of the World

Author: Jurgen Osterhammel Genre: Nonfiction Subgenre: Wold History Page Count: 919, not counting the preface, notes, index, or bibliography. 1167 all together. Translated from German, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the 19th Century is exactly what it says on the tin: an examination of the major events and changes in thought… Continue reading Book Review: The Transformation of the World


Book Haul!

      Wow. Just, wow. For the last three weeks I've been immersed in books. When I haven't been reading, I've been writing, or talking to authors, or editors, or aspiring authors. And I've done a lot of book shopping. The last time I got this many books in such a short period of time, I… Continue reading Book Haul!


Top Nonfiction books of 2014

1. A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain by Michael Paterson If you're looking for a good general reference book for life this period, then this book is an excellent place to start. It covers everything from dinner parties to warfare, fashion to religion, calling card etiquette to modes of transportation, and it even… Continue reading Top Nonfiction books of 2014