Category Archives: Writing

Jo Received a Most Intriguing Letter Today

It appears to be from an acquaintance in California, and the contents were just as intriguing. Sounds like another young lady cut from the same cloth as Jo and Fred. She does seem to attract them. This reference to shenanigans … Continue reading

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All’s Quiet on the Conn-Mann Front

Whether Alistair is too busy in his workshop or Jo decided they would have the rest of their Honeymoon Progress alone, I haven’t had any ideas for them in ages. I even tried to write short stories for NaNoWriMo this … Continue reading

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Fashion in the Conn-Mann Chronicles

Fashion in the 1870’s was in a state of flux. (Isn’t fashion always changing?) Skirts were narrowing and the fabric was moving to the back of the skirt instead of the sides. A fashionable lady–like Leonora or Aunt Emily–would be … Continue reading

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The Next Coming Thing

It was a busy day, so this will be short. I just thought I would talk a minute about a common thread in many Steampunk properties. In fact, it is what makes some of the media “Steampunk” in the first … Continue reading

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Collaborating with Pirates…

Several years ago now, I received an email from my good friend Marc Gunn asking if I wanted to do another collaborative album after Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits. This time, it would be a collection of songs about airship … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment!

The above is an actual program from a variety show that is preserved in the Library of Congress. If Alistair and Jo get back from the Continent in time, they could actually attend this show. If you look very closely, … Continue reading

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Today’s Tour Stop–Publishing Secrets

Today’s tour stop is on Book Publishing Secrets: How to Publish Your Book. It talks about the number of publishers I’ve lost…Novel Books, Inc.; Sunnyside Up Publications; L&L Dreamspell; LTD Books…and many more. That sounds bad, but unfortunately, it’s the … Continue reading

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1875 in New York City

The Conn-Mann series is set in the 1870s in New York City. This is an important thing to remember about the books in the series. It was a time and place that I’ve taken certain liberties with, but it was … Continue reading

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Today Jo Steps Up to the Plate

The tour stop today is an interview with Jo at Pimp That Character! It’s always so much fun when she gets a chance to speak up. It isn’t the first time she’s been interviewed, but the other interviews have sadly … Continue reading

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Today We Discuss the Menagerie…

Today’s Book Tour stop is an interview at As the Page Turns. We’ve been discussing jobs that the men and women of The Conn-Mann Chronicles. There are other characters in the books that have the important job of providing comfort … Continue reading

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