Jean Marie Ward

fiction, nonfiction and all points in between

Blogging at History Hoydens today

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Thanks to the kindness of Diane Whiteside, I’m blogging at History Hoydens today. The article covers the joys and frustrations of building a fantasy world set in Ming Dynasty China. If you’re working in that period, too, maybe the links will help–or maybe you have better ones to share. ;-)

Posted 6 years, 7 months ago at 10:02 am.

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New Year blogging at Samhain Publishing

Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

For reasons beyond human ken, the good folks at Samhain Publishing thought I’d be the perfect person to open the next decade of the company blog. You can read the damage here. One thing you can be sure of, it fits right in with the Cartoon Network’s New Year Looney Tunes marathon. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone the best of the New Year!
Cheers and cyber-confetti,

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 5:15 pm.

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The DragonCon Report, 2009 Edition

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Claudia (from Interview with a Vampire)

Claudia (from Interview with a Vampire)

Want to see–and read–more?  It’s all at Beyond the Veil.  Enjoy!

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago at 3:12 pm.

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Forget Necessity

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog, DragonCon | Comments Off

Desperation is the mother of invention in this house.
I was trying to line up the August blogs I owe to blog sites other than my own. The goal was to get it all over with now, so I’d have more time to write next month. They were all playing nicely except my August 22 Samhain blog. Given the date, I’d be a fool not do something related to DragonCon, but what? The program schedules are almost never finalized until the week before Labor Day, and I was pretty sure I’ve written everything there is to write about the con.
Should I do something about the balls? The Masquerade? The guests? My costume changes?
Then it hit me: Sixteen Ways DragonCon Is Like a Regency Country House Party.
The weird thing is, it works.
‘Til later…

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago at 1:49 am.

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A little blog, but mine own

Saturday, March 14th, 2009 | Author: admin | Blog | 1 Comment

Posted my latest blog at Beyond the Veil.  This time I tackle caffeine and ghosts. 
Hmm, caffeinated ghosts.  Now there’s a story idea!
Cheers and grins,

Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 10:26 am.

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This blog is live

Sunday, March 1st, 2009 | Author: admin | Blog | Comments Off

After a very scary two days without any web site at all, I managed to figure out how to save the site and get my blog to show.  It was all about the Reader Settings.  Who knew?  Certainly not me.  Now to get back with the serious work of rearranging the columns and adding plug-ins.

Color me relieved.

Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 12:04 am.

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April Foolin’

Saturday, April 7th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off


That pic of the Japanese maple on our deck wasn’t taken last fall.  It was taken twenty minutes ago.  If you squint hard enough you can even see the budding azalea budding behind the fence at the far right.
Told Greg it was his fault for getting all emotional about Karl Muck’s version of Parsifal last night.  Some things are just wrong.  Like snow in April in northern Virginia.  Or like a left-leaning Valentinian gnostic loving Wagner.  (Have I mentioned his cartoons lately?)  He still didn’t get it.  LOL
Not too much else to report.  Been burrowing in what one of my fellow Samhellions calls “the writing cave” all week.  I’m going to finish Highway from Hell by next Saturday if I have to write non-stop.  Well, starting Monday.  Still have to survive Mom’s Easter plans first.  ;-)
Also joined the Fantasy and Enchantment blog with a great group of Samhain fantasy writers: Jennie Andrus, Bianca D’Arc, Dayna Hart, Carolan Ivey, Melissa Lopez and most especially Gia Dawn–who will kill me for that when she finds out I wrote that.  Heh heh.  The group blog is just getting started, but we plan lots of great things, including a regular Thursday Thirteen and a newsletter.
And not a minute too soon!  The prospect of filling a regular mailing all by myself was giving me chills.  My life’s boring.  That’s why I became a writer, after all.
Wishing you lots of chocolate and the best of the season, however you celebrate it.  Cheers!

Posted 10 years, 1 month ago at 8:18 am.

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Happy 2007!

Monday, January 1st, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Wishing everyone, myself included, a much better year than 2006.  May you and your loved ones stay healthy, happy and read lots and lots of good books.
And blogs.  *g*  Don’t forget to check out the Samhain blog, live every day except Sunday…and New Year’s.  LOL  The schedule starts again on Tuesday.  And on Friday, Twelfth Night (trumpet fanfare, please), yours truly will try to come up with something amusing.  
While you’re waiting, you can rev up with some of those good books I was talking about.  Kate Johnson’s “The Twelve Lies of Christmas” is already available for download at My Bookstore and More.  On January 2, yaoi fans can revel in Soul of the Night by Ann Cain and Barbara Sheridan, and on January 16, Ann Vremont’s luscious erotic historical novel Sacred Heart Diaries hits the electronic stands.  Enjoy!

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 2:06 am.

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