Monthly Archives: May 2015

What to do after a rejection.

I’m reblogging this from nearly a year ago.

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Yesterday, I got the sweetest and kindest, most encouraging rejection letter ever. However, I’ve received my fair share of  ‘not what we are looking for’ form rejections. When I first started out as a writer, every rejection hit like an arrow to my heart. These days, I have learnt several useful copy mechanisms.

1/ They are not rejecting you as a person or as a writer. They are just rejecting the item you submitted. This could be for a multitude of reasons, and most of them don’t reflect on your ability to write or you as a person. They might have just published a similar piece. They might have limited space and just can’t publish everything they like. Yes … you might have sweated blood over that story, and chances are that they are aware of that and sympathetic, but circumstances just haven’t worked in your favour.

2/ Don’t Get Angry and…

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My latest article for Paper Droids: A Missing Link Found on the Ocean Floor

Loki's Castle

Loki’s Castle

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The Clatter of Dishes – a #FlashFriday story

Andrew Knighton writes

DSC_0152 - Copy“That was delicious.” Isabelle McNair placed her cutlery carefully on the empty plate and peered around the flat. “Should I call for a servant?”

“You’d be lucky.” Dirk Dynamo leaned back and lit a cigar off a wall mounted gas lamp. “Once they’ve experienced a couple of Tim’s inventions going wrong, staff never stick around.”

“I’m afraid Dirk’s right.” Blaze-Simms grinned as he looked at his guests. “But I have turned the problem into a solution.”

He took a box from the bureau behind him and pushed a button on the top. With a hiss of steam, a mechanical arm extended from the cabinet and took hold of the nearest plate. More followed it, grabbing wine glasses, leftover pudding and empty plates.

Isabelle applauded. It was one of the most marvellous machines she had ever seen.

“Wait for it…” Dirk raised an eyebrow.

“I don’t know what you-” Blaze-Simms was…

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The Dead Assassin (The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) by Vaughn Entwistle


1895. England trembles on the verge of anarchy, terrorist bombs are detonating around the capital, and every foreigner is suspected of being an enemy agent. In the midst of this crisis Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is summoned to the scene of a gruesome crime that has baffled and outrage Scotland Yard’s best. A senior member of Her Majesty’s Government has been assassinated and the body of his attacker lies several streets away – riddled with the bullets that inexplicably failed to stop him from carrying out his lethal mission. More perplexing, the murder is recognised as man hanged two weeks previously…

Conan Doyle calls in his friend Oscar Wilde for assistance, and soon the two authors find themselves swept up in an investigation so bizarre it defies conventional wisdom, and puts the lives of their loved ones, the nation, and even the monarch herself in dire peril…

Vaughn Entwistle grew…

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Word of the day


Steampunk – a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology; a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery; tomorrow as it used to be.

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Review: TIMELESS – Gail Carriger

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11324166The last book in the Parasol Protectorate series is a good advertisement for the rule about leaving the game while you’re winning: the story is still strong, the characters as entertaining as ever, and many new threads hint at possible developments for the future. Yet Gail Carriger decided to consign Alexia Tarabotti Maccon & Friends to history, so to speak, letting them go to make room for new players. If it was a planned choice to avoid having the characters overstay their welcome, it was indeed a brilliant one, even though I know I will sorely miss these characters and their adventures.

The action starts a couple of years after the birth of Prudence, Alexia and Conall’s daughter and Lord Akeldama’s adopted child: Prudence turned out to be a metanatural, i.e. she can acquire, through touch, the characteristics of a supernatural creature, rendering them mortal once again – only…

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Of Book Launches, Blog Posts and Radio Interviews.

News from the Antipodes…

Karen J Carlisle

What a busy week!
I sat biting my nails and refreshing the web browser, following my shipment of books as it worked its way across the entire continent of North America, the Pacific Ocean and had a little holiday in Honolulu.I prepared myself for various celebrations leading up to the weekend?s festivities.

Firstly, my guest blog post at Steampunk Coffeetime Romance or More.  The post was scheduled almost a week ago but, silly me, forgot to ask what US timezone the blog resided in. More nail biting. Eventually the post popped up on my feed.

radio interviewNext came an invitation, quite out of the blue. Did I was to be co-interviewee for the Steampunk Festival on ABC radio on Friday night ? talking steampunky stuff? Was that opportunity knocking, or what? Yes, I said. I just had to figure out to slip in a plug for my book.

More refreshing of…

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