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Cathleen Townsend

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Cathleen Townsend trained as a social scientist, and at various times has been a teacher, a waitress, a donut baker, and a construction worker. She's survived parenting, scuba-diving with a Mako shark, and a plane crash.

Her stories, both whimsical and serious, are drawn from the rich sources of folklore and history to inspire the belief that a single person can make a difference in the world, even if that world contains a dragon or two.

Cathleen lives in California’s beautiful gold country, and in her mind, dwarves and pixies also lurk in the oak- and pine-covered hills. She enjoys chatting with readers on her blog at cathleentownsend.com.

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Cathleen Townsend Being a writer is incredible. We get to create people and entire worlds. We can turn back the clock to right a mistake. We can do anything at all in o…moreBeing a writer is incredible. We get to create people and entire worlds. We can turn back the clock to right a mistake. We can do anything at all in our world as long as we make it entertaining. That's an awesome superpower.(less)
Cathleen Townsend Mostly I ignore it and power on through. If that doesn't work, I talk to a beta friend, and we work at jiggling ideas loose. If you're stuck, sometime…moreMostly I ignore it and power on through. If that doesn't work, I talk to a beta friend, and we work at jiggling ideas loose. If you're stuck, sometimes it's a sign that something is wrong but you can't articulate it to yourself.

Or it could just be a sign that I'm tired, creatively. In that case, I write something, anything, even if it's junk. Then I go read something that's truly good.(less)
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Dr. Metifunger’s Transdimensional Veterinary Clinic

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To say that Dr. Mabel Sassani’s first day on the job proved to be difficult was a severe understatement. Sure, she was a fully qualified veterinarian, trained to deal with any number of emergencies. But nothing had prepared her for a pug named Ernest Borgnine who’d swallowed a personal wormhole generator, a deca-dachshund with ten legs, or a weiner dog shaped like an actual penis.

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Hues of Hope is the latest volume of poetry by Balroop Singh, a work inspiring in both its diversity and sentiments.

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Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie by Cathleen Townsend
"I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only, and was keen to get into it. Being a keen consumer of updated folklore and faery tales, this felt like a particular score - and it didn't disappoint. I loved the " Read more of this review »
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"I thought I knew what I would be reading...I was wrong. A great new take on old fairy tales. The author uses modern settings tied to fairy tales we know from childhood to create new delightful stories. Fast reading so a great book for short trips or " Read more of this review »
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This book is loaded with great voice, which might be its greatest strength. It lures you right in. That’s paired with extremely lavish world building—far more than is necessary for the needs of the story.

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Veronica Dale Thanks for being my friend on Goodreads. Your blog on the overuse of certain words was right on. Even after many revisions, some great crits by my beta readers, copy editing and proofreading, I still found a repeated word that could have been changed.
--Veronica "Vernie" Dale: Blood Seed and Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow


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