May 1, 2022 · 4:01 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 30, 2022
I hope you’ve enjoyed these adventures from my strange and busy life.
I want to thank everybody who has been kind enough to drop by, to leave a comment, to post a link that took me to some great blogs. I had to miss out on the Challenge for a couple of years. I am so glad to be back. The A to Z Blog Challenge rocks!
I write these posts late at night. Now I’m going to put on my fuzzy pajamas, curl up under the covers, and get some sleep.
Filed under #atozchallenge, Blog challenges, creativity, dreams, Goals, memoirs, Writing
Tagged as #atozchallenge, #fun, #ideas, #naptime, #sleep, #thankyou
April 1, 2019 · 6:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 1, 2019
Welcome to my sixth year of participation in the A to Z Blog Challenge!
How I Learned To Be A Writer
This year I’m going to share with you 26 separate moments from my writing life, moments that taught me something worth remembering. Moments that helped shape my writing style. Moments that taught me how to endure the bad days and celebrate the triumphs.
A is for Angle
“Angle” is a term used by journalists when referring to the focus of the article they’re writing. It means which aspect of the subject matter they intend to emphasize as a means of making the article more relevant and interesting to the readers.
The concept of angle is quite useful to fiction writers. As the indie publishing market has exploded and competition for readership continues to increase, it’s becoming more and more essential to find a fresh approach, some new aspect of the stories we want to tell.
In my Kyoto Steampunk series, I chose to leave Victorian England behind and take my protagonist Dr. William Harrington to Kyoto, Japan. Once the Shogunate fell and the Meiji Emperor opened Japan to the West, Japan experienced its own Industrial Revolution, making it an excellent setting for steampunk stories.
Dr. Harrington’s adventures are a mixture of historical science fiction and Japanese fantasy. When I go to conventions to promote the anthologies where my Kyoto Steampunk stories appear, people are often surprised to hear I’ve chosen Japan for my setting. This fresh angle has resulted in a total of seven short stories so far, along with the novel that is my current work in progress.
Find that fresh angle! It will help you on your road to success.
Filed under #atozchallenge, Blog challenges, classics, Conventions, doctors, editing, fantasy, Fiction, historical fiction, history, Japan, Kyoto, Lillian Csernica, publication, steampunk, travel, Writing
Tagged as #atozchallenge, angle, anthologies, Japan, journalism, Next Stop on the #13, short stories, Some Time Later, steampunk, Thirty Days Later, Twelve Hours Later, writing
March 21, 2017 · 9:31 am
by Lillian Csernica on March 21, 2017
Once again I shall be celebrating the arrival of Spring by participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge. This will be my fourth year, and I look forward to even more fun and meeting new friends.
In past years, my themes have included Travel Adventures, Unusual Items Made of Chocolate, and Bad Sword & Sorcery Movies.
This year I will be bringing you eye candy taken from another one of my secret passions:
Jewelry, housewares, and a few other surprises, at least one for every letter of the alphabet! I’ll be looking forward to your comments!
Filed under artists, Blog challenges, chocolate, creativity, fantasy, Goals, history, Lillian Csernica, romance, travel, Writing
Tagged as #atozchallenge, Art Nouveau, Erte, fashion, Jewelry