Tag Archives: steampunk

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Lily Marin: three short steampunk stories, by Paul Kater (1:21)

Today we see that focusing on minutia can damage the reader’s trust as much as leaving out key details. What I gleaned about the stories: If you’re a singer in…

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Squawk of the Were-Chicken, by Richard J. Kendrick (40:00)

Today we see that when your opening image is of an egg harvester invention launching errant eggs at the inventor’s mother, readers tend to stick around to see what could…

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Heaven’s Jubilee And Other Short Stories, by Faith Blum (1:10)

Today we see that readers will assume obvious differences are significant. What I gleaned about the stories: Exercise can be better for keeping warm than staying still; especially if one…

The Aeronaut, by Bryan Young (3:27)

Today we see that any unbelievable thing can happen in a story, so long as the reader is given reason to believe you did it on purpose.

Ignifer Tales, by Michael John Grist (2:16)

Today we see that if you evoke a sense of immediate and visceral horror in the reader, they will be confused if your characters then seem bored. What I gleaned…