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How To Make Steampunk Goggles

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Steampunk goggles: the perfect gift for any occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, whatever.

A simple present that says, I care enough to want to protect your eyes from gas explosions, zombie claws, and wayward automatons.

Or maybe you simply want a pair for your  steampunk costume–that’s certainly why I set out to make mine (seen in the photo right).

The best part of these “brass goggles” is that making them is cheap (<$20 if you spend wisely) and easy (unless you’re clumsy like me–then it just takes a little extra care). (Read more…)

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How I Got My Agent (Part 1: The Parts of a Good Query)

So, it’s been a while since I signed with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation, and I’ve yet to explain how it all happened.  One of the main reasons I waited was to prevent hurt feelings or coming across as rude, but…  Enough time has passed now that I think the rejected agents have forgotten all about me. (Read more…)

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LTWF: How to Write A 1-page Synopsis

One thing writers hate doing but will inevitably have to do (one day or another, at least) is the Dreaded Synopsis.

Specifically, the 1 or 2-page synopsis.  It’s hard to boil your whole novel into a few key sentences.  To convey the depth, the emotion, the literary power of your novel in 500 words or less — ce n’est pas possible!

Ah, but is possible my friends.  It’s possible and even fun if you’re like me.  For The Spirit-Hunters, I had to provide several agents with synopses, so I took workshops, read books, and wrote a few drafts until I had a gleaming 1-page book summary.  And after all that practice, I realized I had my own method (built from the methods of my various teachers, of course).

SOOOOO….  To use this worksheet, fill out the questions in sentence form. Though your story may not follow this exact format, try to find some critical event in the story that can be placed in that space.  You will likely notice that the worksheet is very similar to the Hero’s Journey (because most stories follow that format!), an I have filled out the questions using my All Time Favorite Movie as the example. (Read more…)

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