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Book Rec from Geonn Cannon: The Stepsister Scheme

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From time to time, the Supposed Crimes blog will be linking to offsite entries in SC’s authors’ blogs. First up is a book recommendation from Geonn Cannon. To be quite honest, after reading what he had to say about it, I ordered a copy right away. I’m excited to read the book!

The cover of the first book is misleading. It looks sort of like something a high school girl would tote around in her bookbag (not to badmouth high school girls, but they ARE partially to blame for the Twilight nonsense). But like The Princess Bride, which was disguised...

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For the editor

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As soaps die and web series make money, this article about Morgan Spurlock and advertising-financing seems pretty relevant.

My mind has really been on editing. I need editors. I need editors I pay, because I need them to be rigorous and hard on me.

Otherwise, I think I give up on my stories too easily. I get exhausted. After 50,000 words and months of re-reading and re-writing, I declare something “done.” But just because I’m done doesn’t mean the story’s done. The editor’s job is to point out the holes I know are there, the holes I don’t know...

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More research in maps

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Even for draft one of the western, known as The Women That Don’t Fit In, the Texas General Land Office was a huge help. Railroad maps were the best and most period-specific, but even later maps showed me the evolution of a city. Like the Nevada Digital Library, it is slooooow.

“West of Here” by Jonathan Evison is an epic story that switches between the settlement of a small town in western Washington state and it’s current-day travails. The novel alternates between the two time zones until developments near the end bring the two settings together in unexpected ways.

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On a mission

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Friend eLibrary has a tiny little listing called California Missions (2004). The mission features oh so minorly in Filaments, and yet has been the easiest thing to find information on. Sketches of the mission building and floor plan accompany a brief history, timeline, and statistics. This can be cross-referenced with the Wikipedia maze. Check out Mission San Francisco de Asis.

-C. E. Case

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eLibrary research and a friend’s recommendation

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For Filaments the Western I’ve been working my way through eLibrary. eLibrary bills itself as a primary source collective, but my best success has been through the History Society journal archives. I like Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Justice [as an Afterthought] by Ellen Baumler (August 2008) is a fascinating look at how female criminals were treated and imprisoned in the late 1880s. Not exactly relevant to Filaments, but I have been studying the Texas prison system to know what my black- and grey-hatted characters are up against. And I always like reading about fallen women.

This week’s...

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