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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

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Writing Historical Fiction: Mistakes (Redo)

There is little worse in the world for an author than to spend months or years laboring over a work of art, going line-by-line, removing every fleck of metaphorical dust, giving everything the white glove inspection, only for some douchebag on some no-account forum somewhere to point out a mistake i…

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Writing Historical Fiction: What (Redo)

Again I apologize for my terrible, distracted writing from before, so here is the redo for WHF: What.  Seeing how it is New Year's Eve, I decided that this would be an excellent launching point for the (new) piece.

The "what" of your historical fiction piece refers to what your character or cha…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Mistakes

Now we get to the part of the WHF series no one likes to admit: mistakes.  No matter how thorough you research, no matter how many times you go back and assure yourself that all the dates, all the names, all the details are right, sometimes you get the final product and discover a glaring error.  Yo…

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More New Things

Minor announcement that there is a new blog on the Timekeeper website.

The difference between the author blog and the TC blog is that the TC is for fun stuff.  For example, the first series going up is going to be on the Borelian language starting most likely after the new year.  Fun stuff, and n…

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Announcement of Impending Changes

I don't get on Facebook normally.  I don't get on my personal account, and I pretty much only get on my Author page when I have something to announce.  So I totally understand when people don't know what's going on with me, and I understand that I probably miss a lot of things going on with other pe…

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Christmas Contest

Looking for a simple, easy, free gift for yourself this season?  Need something to listen to while you're driving, flying, or otherwise stuck in with a group of people you don't want to be with?  Well, one simple entry is all you'll need to get started.

The Backstory

So, if you've been to

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Writing Historical Fiction: What

In this installment, we're going to discuss the what of historical fiction.

By this time, you have decided who your main character or characters are, their sphere of influence and other people they are likely to encounter.  You have decided the when and where, and you should have done some rese…

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New Addition to the Family!

The family of publishing and book formats, that is.

If you were paying attention to the Facebook page, then you may have seen the poll asking for your opinion on sound effects in audiobooks.  In a stunning landslide, 5:2, you voted for sound effects.  To be fair, seven is hardly a fair sample num…

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Writing Historical Fiction: Who

In this installment of WHF, we're going to discuss people, characters and historical figures.

Your first instinct might be to include as many famous historical figures as possible.  Civil War?  Not without Honest Abe.  World War II?  Need me some Churchill and Eisenhower, right?  Not necessarily.…

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Writing Historical Fiction: When and Where

In this first developmental installment of WHF, I'm going to cover the when and where aspect of writing historical fiction.  In elementary school, you probably learned that this was the "setting" of the story.  In the real world, there is so much more to it.

When considering historical fiction,…

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