Category Archives: Reference Material

Writing Tip: What’s Your Word Count?

Staring at at a blank page can be daunting, but remember…you don’t have to set out to write a novel every time you begin to write. There are almost as many flavors of fiction as there were of original Baskin … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Creating a Compelling Character

What makes Huck Finn someone that everyone who has ever read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remembers forever? Why were so many watchers of Game of Thrones rooting for Tyrion Lannister to make it … Continue reading

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There’s a Bad Moon in Your Eyes…

“There’s a Bad Moon in Your Eyes…” was the final story in the original batch of Bruce and Roxanne tales. The first edition of the chapbook was published in 2006, and remember, the stories were several years older than that, … Continue reading

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We Must Have Cream for Sunday

Long before I finally got to visit Ireland last August, I wanted desperately to go. This desire found its way into several stories, including today’s RieTales story, “We Must Have Cream for Sunday.” That explains the setting, but not the … Continue reading

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It’s the Same Old Story…

Today’s story is another reimagining, though not of a fairy tale. I don’t want to give away the twist, because I like to give people a chance to figure out who the characters are. I will say, that it is … Continue reading

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Today’s Story is an Homage to Mark Twain

I wrote “The Duke, The Dauphin, and the Dirigible” originally for an anthology that was doing Steampunk riffs off of literary masterpieces. I didn’t get into the book, but this story was too good to just throw in the trunk–at … Continue reading

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Tap…Tap…Tap…

Today’s RieTales post is about “Bloody Rain” (also available as a single). It is the story of a young woman in Whitechapel in the 1880s. I bet you can guess where this is going? I have been fascinated by the … Continue reading

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As Promised…More In-Depth Story Posts!

I had such a good time with the Dark Divinations series that I decided to give the same treatment to my own collection of stories, RieTales from Mocha Memoirs–which is an expanded version of the earlier collection RieVisions. (Yikes! That’s … Continue reading

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Throw the Bones…

Our final entry into Dark Divinations is “Of Blood and Bones” by Jeremy Megargee. In this haunting tale, a visionary is throwing the bones to try and solve her sister’s murder. It leads her to a terrifying encounter which must … Continue reading

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What a Tangled Web…

We are heading into the final two stories in Dark Divinations. I hope you have been enjoying this series as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. Today’s story, by Alan Fisher, is “The Moat House Cob,” and it … Continue reading

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