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Off-site pages I enjoy. Updated as more are found; check back frequently!
         I've been an active blogger since 2010, and as you might imagine, I have encountered my fair share of websites. These are some of my favorites, run by interesting and/or delightful people, many of them writers, reviewers, or editors. Over on Blogger, I kept a running index in my sidebar. Can't do that here, but I can do this. Here, then, in alphabetical order, are some of the very best.
         Note that there is nothing here to rate. This is a list for you to enjoy, so, enjoy!
         Cover photo © Richard Schulte, https://coolsandiegosights.com/

AGING DISGRACEFULLY: Conversational journal by a lady "growing up" in Newfoundland. Cooking, canning, exchange students, domestic issues, and all around, fun to read.

AIDANA WILLOWRAVEN: An excellent cover artist (she also makes maps and illustrations) with very competitive prices, and a whole schedule of discounts, from volume to veterans. She made the logo you see at the top of the page. Definitely a good contact for any author to have!

BOOKS ANONYMOUS: One of my oldest friends on the web, this Australian's blog looks at all things literary.

BRYCE RAFFLE'S BLOGSITE: Steampunk, gothic, Victorian fiction, or the assembly of anthologies, Bryce wears a lot of hats, and all of them are stylish!

C.P. LESLEY, NOVELIST: Established author who keeps this insightful journal of her craft.

C.W. HAWES - AUTHOR: The blog of a serious author who pontificates on matters literary.

COGPUNK STEAMSCRIBE: An Australian steampunk author and costumer shares her experiences in the genre.

COOL SAN DIEGO SIGHTS!: Photo blog of a San Diegan who walks his city looking for interesting items to photograph. It's on my list, as I'm a San Diegan, too, but it's really worth a look, even if you aren't.

CREATIVITY HACKER: A fabulous site for writers with in-depth analysis of the reasons that some techniques work and others don't. Be sure to check out Immerse or Die, a feature in which an indie's book gets three strikes, meaning errors, and if it strikes out before the 40:00 minute mark, its score is the length of time it lasted. Includes valuable analysis of what went wrong.

DAVID LEE SUMMERS' WEB JOURNAL: A professional astronomer and sci-fi author discusses his writing, and how his profession intertwines with it.

EASY READER EDITING: A professional editor discusses her craft. 'Nuff said!

A FINE GOLD CHAIN: A recent discovery, this little delight is a steampunk story being constructed in blog form.

FOR WHOM THE GEAR TURNS: Steampunk inspiration and resources by author Phoebe Darqueling.

GAS-LAMP FANTASY: A rather mysterious site with no author bio or "About me" page, this huge blog reaches back years to talk about the philosophy and mechanics of writing, and also contains several novels in its posts. Incredible body of work.

THE HOME OF LORNA LOCKHEED: Where C.W. Perkins, writer and reviewer, talks about his craft.

JAZZ 88.3: Live-stream some of the world's greatest music on San Diego's commercial-free jazz and blues station.

KARA JORGENSEN: HISTORY AND HORROR WITH HEART: A young teacher who fills her spare time with writing projects blogs about her experiences here.

KAREN J. CARLISLE: An author and artist in the steampunk genre, Ms. Carlisle discusses her views on the subject here.

LIFE'S LITTLE MYSTERIES: Answering fascinating questions about the world around you.

METAPUNK: A European blog that looks at all things -punk, Cthulu, science, and coding. Mostly print, but includes some videos and podcasts.

MICHAEL MAY'S ADVENTURE BLOG: Michael writes the comic Kill All Monsters, and blogs about everything pop culture. A stimulating and entertaining read.

MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING ARTISTS: These paraplegics are the best artists you'll ever meet!

NERD LUNCH: Some of my oldest friends on the web, C.T., Pax, and Jeeg combine to tag-team pop-culture icons in their weekly podcast. One of my favorites.

N.O.A. RAWLE: THROUGH THE EYES OF A STRANGER: An English transplant to Greece, "Lady N." brings her unique view to the page in her journal.

THE OLD SHELTER: An aspiring and very talented (I've read her drafts) author from Italy, Sarah Zama chronicles the many lessons she has learned on the journey.

ONE STOP FOR WRITERS: From tools, to templates, to tutorials, the name says it all.

THE ORIGINAL DRAGON MOTHER: A mom with grown sons discusses parenting and her ongoing struggle with RA. Sometimes poignant, sometimes sarcastic, always a good read.

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY: The site of historical novelist James Mace. Rich, nuanced novels set around great events of history.

PRIMORDIAL SOUP BY ALICE E. KEYES: Wife of an American diplomat in Haiti, this steampunk author blogs about her methods and philosophies, and living life in strange culture.

THERAILBARON'S BLOG: Author of the Rail City series talks about his work, and that of his friends.

SHORT STORIES BY RICHARD: The photographer of Cool San Diego Sights is also a purveyor of short fiction, most of it inspired by his photographs. It can be read here.

STEAMPUNK CAVALIERS: Thought-provoking essays on the fascinating field in which I write.

THE STEAMPUNK JOURNAL: An on-line gazette containing everything steampunk the staff can track down. Huge and comprehensive.

STEAMPUNK'D: Comprehensive list of terms and tropes, and a small jewelry shop.

STEPHANIE KATO: Stephanie is a young, enthusiastic steampunk author and blogger with tentacles in a variety of activities, and very much worth a visit.

TARA SPARLING WRITES: An accountant with plans for the future turns her caustic Irish wit on the business of being a writer. One of my favorites.

WOELF DIETRICH: An author who blogs about his experience, and also offers a weekly feature on The Art of Fantasy.

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS: Literally too much fabulous material here to summarize, this site gives tips on everything to do with story construction. Site holds the Writers Digest seal of approval.
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