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October 10, 2011

Steampunk versus Gaslight Fantasy



Steampunk is the new “it” in the wish list of agents that represent YA and MG authors.

But there is another term for a similar genre. The term is “Gaslight Fantasy,” and I learned about it today while reading Lia Keyes’ s wonderful post “A Past That Never Was” at the Enchanted Inkpot.

If you are intrigued by these terms and you want to know more about these hot sub genres of SciFi/Fantasy please join us at:


September 21, 2011

Dawn Metcalf Heartfelt Discussion on Small Heroes

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


What is it about the smallest heroes who capture our hearts? Dawn Metcalf asks in her blog at The Enchanted Inkpot. Join her at http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/102651.html to understand why we do.

July 19, 2011

Little Known Fantasy Books We Love

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

If you like Fantasy, and are looking for something new to read, you may want to check these less well-known fantasy stories the bloggers at  The Enchanted Inkpot recommend.


My recommendation is The Shamer’s Chronicles. You can read my review of the last volume on the series here: https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/book-reviews/

June 14, 2011

Writing is a Scary Business

Filed under: On Writing,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 5:53 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


If you’re a writer and finds the task of writing daunting. Don’t despair, you’re not alone.


Check what Phillipa Bayliss has to say at The Enchanted Inkpot.


May 30, 2011

Archetype vs. Stereotype at the Enchanted Inkpot

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Today Jennifer Nielsen discusses archetype vs. stereotype characters and how they impact the story at the Enchanted Inkpot.

Join us there.


April 29, 2011

Unicorns at the Enchanted inkpot

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Please click here http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/89212.html for an interview with the amazingly talented illustrator Kelly Murphy.

April 26, 2011

Not Your Typical Damsel in Distress

Filed under: On Reading,On Writing,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 8:55 am
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Tired of reading about hapless heroines in need of rescuing?

Then Bryony Pearce’s post “Subverting the Cliche: Maiden in Peril” at The Enchanted Inkpot at

http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/88904.html is right for you.

April 18, 2011

Boy Books, Girl Books

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Boy books, girl books. Are books genre specific?

Join us today at the Enchanted Inkpot (http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/62614.html) to read what Leah Cypess and other Inkers have to say on this controversial subject.

April 11, 2011

Curious About Fairies?

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

This week at the Enchanted Inkpot, Keely Parrack discuss humans love affair with fairies.

Check out her post at  http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/87737.html

March 28, 2011

When the Characters Take Charge

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


If you ever had the eerie experience of having your characters talk back to you, and want to see how other writers dealt with their rebellious creations, please come and read my post (my first ever) at The Enchanted Inkpot.


Here’s the blurb for easy tweeting / posting:  Just because you made them up doesn’t mean you are in charge. See what happens When Your Characters Talk Back To You @EnchantedInkpot

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