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In the parent’s handbook for being a good example, may I offer a suggestion:  that during the Christmas season, family shopping excursions be excluded from scrutinization?

Steampunk: The Recipe
Phillipa
Ballentine

Steampunk: The Recipe - Readers and writers  would have to be living under a rock (or perhaps a cog would be more appropriate) not to notice the rise of corsets, goggles and airships on bookshelves, both real and virtual. In fact, they seem to have invaded all kinds of genres; romance, erotica, YA, fantasy and science fiction.

There's this breeze that winds it's way through trees and porches,
sometimes you can see the grass moving in a baseball field,
as dresses billow,
you turn a corner and see newspapers
caught up in this ,
as they go floating down empty streets.
Curtains roll into living rooms,where the afternoon
is trying to find a sunny spot and lie down like a cat.

Just as with music, dance, painting or any other form of art goes, once the writer decides to put the quill to the parchment, they have taken the first step out onto the stage and into the spotlight. They take a deep breath as they walk out there, knowing full well that they are putting themselves....and a piece of their soul in full view for the world to see.

The 11th Commandment: Part 4 "The Pact:  He'd not meant to reveal the truth. At least, not in so blunt a manner.

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