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Melanie Jeschke
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Chipping Away at the Proverbial Writer's Block
     Evidently, I have not written a real blog post
since last year about this time—despite my optimistic declaration then that I was
ending my “season of silence” and beginning a season of stories. I began last
year in high hopes and actually did work on m...
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Christmas Greetings 2017
                                                                                                                                                                             December 2017                                                                  Greet...
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My Season of Silence
  Melanie, in a previous season, sitting at C.S. Lewis's desk at the Kilns I
have been off- line, off the grid, off the radar, and off my game for well over
a year now. Here’s why.      I’m a
perfectionist and can edit myself to death, but this time I will ...
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Christmas Greetings 2016
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Merry Christmas!
                                                                                                                                                       Greetings from the Jeschke clan! We send our warmest wishes for a joyous
Christmas season and a blessed Ne...
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"Getting Old Isn't for Sissies"
My mother often repeated with wry resignation Bette Davis’s famous quip as my parents faced the challenges of aging. The saying became my mom’s mantra in the early days of my parents’ move to our home over two years ago. We felt led to take them in—although...
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Digging for Details: Researching Historical Fiction
“The German planes
drone with a menacin’ sound while ours hum with their lovely Merlin engines.
But the Spitfire—ah, the Spitfire—she sings.”           Historical
fiction has to be my favorite genre. I plead mea culpa to having learned much of my history th...
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Home Sweet Home?
           This past winter, cooped up by unrelenting snow and cold, I
found myself constantly searching for a beach house where we could vacation and
lie in the sun. In fact, I obsessed on this search until I found and booked
“the one.”  I literally counte...
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Place: The Importance of Setting (Part II)
Time and place are the two aspects of setting in a work of fiction.  In this post, I will discuss the importance of “place” in my Oxford Chronicles series.  The place of a story can serve as a plot catalyst, but it can also serve as creative inspiration. In...
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Time Traveling: The Importance of setting (Part I)
Setting encompasses both time and
place. Where and when a story is set obviously has a major impact on the shape
of the plot and development of the characters. Although conflict and themes are
universal, they play out in vastly different ways in different t...
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