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How to Write Historical Fiction Without Really Trying

Today I’m excited to have a guest post on Amie Winters’ blog, the author of Strange Luck and soon-to-be-published The Nightmare Birds (available for pre-order now!). Amie and I write very different books, but we have tons in common, from collecting fun socks to being writers from childhood. In fact, tomorrow is her monthly Throwback Thursday Writer event (#tbtwriter), so […]

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YouTube Review of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart!

Yesterday, Peter Clark the Writer left a magnificent YouTube review of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. I’m so excited to share it with you! He even reads some of his favorite passages and lines, and see that in the background? That’s the wallpaper wrapping paper I used to send him his signed paperback. It’s pinned to […]

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Anatomy of a Darkened Heart Review by Darker Voice!

Yesterday I was blown away by Travis West’s (Darker Voice’s) wonderful words about Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. Travis isn’t a guy who likes any ol’ book or movie, so I was on tenterhooks as I read every word he wrote. Here’s a sample of his review: “The language is melancholy and beautiful, concise but with a […]

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19th Century Jewelry!

The website I’ve sponsored this month, The Victorian Era, has a well written and visually stunning post up about Victorian jewelry. You’ll find everything from symbolism in jewelry (you know that’s my favorite section) to styles you may not have heard of, summarized beautifully and succinctly, and did I mention the beautiful pictures? Come visit […]

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Monday Thoughts on Creativity: Ditching Clichés

Aaaaand we’re back from the weekend. Happy Monday! I think this quote is true of success in general, but creativity in particular blooms from original thoughts about the same old thing. In particular, think about descriptions. There are so many clichés out there, so many overused phrases that we accept in every single book. It’s really […]

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Alice in Wonderland is 150 Years Old!

I know I’m a few months late on this (read: 3 months late – “I’m late for a very important date” indeed), but this year Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland turned 150 years old. WOW! Even though it’s been around so long, somehow it still seems new. Maybe that’s because it’s constantly being refreshed through […]

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Character Study: Psychopaths Are(n't) Always the Same

I love studying the way different authors, filmmakers, and artists represent various kinds of characters, so why not share my conclusions with you? Sharing makes these things much more fun. Let’s start with psychopaths. There are so many to choose from, but I have two particular ones in mind, and they’re not from books. My […]

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Symbol Sample: All That Heaven Allows

From the title, All That Heaven Allows (1955) sounds a bit soppy, but there’s much more to this than the title suggests. In fact, this movie is loaded with symbolism and social critique from quite a lot of varied angles. On the surface, here’s what we see: widow Cary has two children getting ready to graduate […]

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Symbol Sample: Harriet Craig

I am a HUGE fan of symbolism in every artistic medium. I always look for it in literature and movies specifically, and I always include it in my writing, no matter how short the piece is.  Symbolism is an essential part of my work, and the great thing about it is that a reader can […]

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Literature in Action: In the Mood for Love

My latest post to the Literature in Action part of my blog is up! https://christiestratos.com/literature-in-action/in-the-mood-for-love/. Check out my analysis of the beautiful foreign film In the Mood for Love. I’ve watched it at least four times since I first discovered it and can always watch it again. It’s a fascinating study of psychology with a backwards […]

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