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…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,…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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Spider Valentine

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Won’t you step into my parlor?


All my guests sit here.


Never fear–


It doesn’t matter if you wipe your feet.


A more engaging hostess you’ll never meet.



Do you prefer cream or sugar?


No honey I fear–


No bees here.


I have other amusements sweeter by far,


Better than anything found in a jar.



What do you mean you’ll be going?


Sit down, I insist–


Don’t resist.


The pain will last but a minute or two...

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Jacqui Murray has released another book in her prehistoric man series: The Quest for Home. With this volume she’s managed an extremely difficult trick—a sequel that picks up where the last book left off, and yet a reader who’s new to the series can ...more
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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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