Evelyn Chartres Author
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Interesting Research

It’s astonishing what people will research! I was looking for a common Chinese restaurant names for my current work in progress and came across this article on the Washington Post.

Now I can cobble up together some popular words to make a fictional restaurant name feel authentic! Chang’s Lucky Wok anyone?

Clara Meets her Designer

Yay! My cover designer Re Moran also got her signed copy of the Van Helsing Paradox.

You too can get a copy of this historical dark fantasy in print or for free as an eBook.

Of note, she recently adopted a haircut similar to Clara’s in the cover. While she says it’s a coincidence, I remain unconvinced. 😉

Clara’s Ferry Ride

A friend of mine just got her signed copy of the The Van Helsing Paradox! What a wonderful way to spend a foggy ferry ride.

You too can get a copy of this historical dark fantasy in print or for free as an eBook.

It’s interesting that this shot was taken on the same ferry that Clara would have taken on her way to the Terminus! That part was a complete coincidence.

Life Through a Stereoscope

I just received this quirky little anachronism that I found through Etsy. Featured in the image is a streoscope, a contraption that allows the viewer to see images in three dimensions.

I’ve seen these items in museums throughout the years, and found them to be fascinating. What did people do before television, the radio and the internet? Well some looked at foreign scenes and women in their three-dimensional glory. All with the help of a bulky viewer.

In the Van Helsing Paradox, Clara has referenced these devices when describing what she saw. In that situation, the world was frozen in time, depth remained, but the world looked like an aged photograph. In many ways, it was satisfying to see the world through the streoscope, and see just how close that description worked when it came to this piece of history!

Yes this device works perfectly, impressive for something that was patented in 1895.

The Truth About Writer’s Block

An interesting take on writer’s block and how to deal with it. The article, written by Steve Turnbull, an author I follow on Google+.

He is a frequent voice in many of the groups that I frequent, and he always has an opinion to share. In this case he encourages writers to find the root cause and offers tricks that may help an author get back to writing!

Worth a read!