The 5 Rules of Commenting

Canary in the coalmine


In an effort to curb the trend of removing comments from blogs, here are a few tips on comment leaving to share with your readers.

I know that you all are busy and deterred from commenting because of:

  • Multiple mediums. If you just posted a twitter feed, a Facebook update, and responded to some texts to organize the evening outings or after-school events, you certainly don’t have the time to read an entire blog (or news article *ahem*), let alone the time to formulate a thoughtful response.
  • Fear. We’ve all heard all the horror stories about employees getting fired for posting negative statements about their job or customers. Or of those people that get caught up in a tit-for-tat argument that goes viral and ends up following you for the rest of your internet ‘life’. In fact, we teach our kids now the maxim that “when it’s on the internet…

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My Writing Soundtrack – Part 4

Leona's Blog of Shadows

Here comes the long awaited part 4 of my writing soundtrack -after an awfully long time! Sorry about that- featuring some gems from Faun as well as more game soundtracks and instrumental collections.

Part 1 can be seen here.

Part 2 can be seen here.

Part 3 can be seen here.

Steampunk & Victorian Music Collection

Lindsey Stirling – Dragon Age

I’m a big fan of Lindsey Stirling’s music, it got me through awfully boring night shifts for months back int the day. This is from her official channel, I ordered some songs from her new album from itunes and I highly recommend checking it out. She makes amazing melodic songs which make great background music for writing sessions.

Faun- Ne Aludj El

I wrote many a chapter with this haunting Hungarian song in the background.

Faun – Arcadia

One of my all-time favorites, this Faun song is in Finnish…

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4 Ways to Increase Your Chances of a Book Sale

A Writer's Path


by Kelly D. Smith

When you publish your book and you want to make an income off your writing, it’s important that you get your work out there and find ways to increase your chances of sales. So I wanted to offer a few quick tips on how to get more sales, and coming up in the next couple of weeks I will be offering a list of more (less detailed) ideas to increase chances of getting your work out there and that should help increase sales.

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Guest Post by Rob Hayes: It’s Not Steampunk. It’s Alchemypunk

Leona's Blog of Shadows

Hailing from all over England; north, south, and everything in between, Rob J. Hayes is the author of the dark fantasy series The Ties that Bind and also the steampunk caper series It Takes a Thief… He’s also an avid card gamer, reader of books, watcher of things, and player of video games.

The second book in the It Takes a Thief… series, It Takes a Thief to Start a Fire, is available October 25th from Amazon. You can find out more at


It’s Not Steampunk. It’s Alchemypunk

I’ve now written 2 books in my It Takes a Thief… series and I’ve noticed something. They invariably get lumped into the Steampunk genre. Why? Because they have airships and folk who talk fancy and wear nice clothes. That’s actually about where the similarities end.

A brief search for the definition of Steampunk comes up with this:

Steampunk is a subgenre…

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How to Write Male POV Stories

A Writer's Path

male man

by Teagan Berry

Writing is difficult. The carefully crafted plot, the perfect climactic moment, the creation of three-dimensional characters. All of these and more are required to make a believable and plausible novel. And then there’s the point of view (P.O.V.). I’ve already written here about the different points of views out there for authors, along with their benefits and drawbacks, but then the gender of the character speaking plays a role as well.

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13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Today’s post is a repeat because I am scrambling to get ready to fly to L.A. for the Writers’ Digest Conference, but I think this is a truly fun post that is perfect for Halloween and also get get you guys fired up for NaNoWriMo. Writers really are a strange breed and just so y’all know? The normal ship sailed without you a long time ago so relax. Your family or friends might not “get” you but we do.

I love being a writer. It’s a world like no other and it’s interesting how non-writers are simultaneously fascinated and terrified of us. While on the surface, people seem to think that what we do is easy, deep down? There is a part that knows they’re wrong. That being a writer, a good writer, is a very dark place most fear to tread.

In fact, I think somewhere at the BAU…

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