Have Yourself a Draconic Little Holiday


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Chanukah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa – the next few weeks are rife with reasons to celebrate and exchange gifts. When better to spread a little draconic cheer – and wisdom. But what to give the dracophile who has most everything?

For the Dragon lover on your holiday list – modesty be damned – I recommend:

The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook

Including the Myth & Mystery, Care & Feeding, Life & Lore of These Fiercely Splendid Creatures.

Llewellyn Worldwide
Available from
Llewellyn, Amazon,
and Local Bookstores Everywhere


Here be Dragons.

…Not the slavering, whimsical monsters from childhood fancies, but real Dragons – fierce, complex, wondrous, and wild. They do not require our belief; they never have.

With hard science and myth, empirical wisdom and original line drawings, The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook is the draconic enchiridion for the modern world, providing everything you need to know about these extraordinary beings. From disparate theories of Dragon evolution and the golden geometry of their form to modern conservation efforts and how to release a well-weaned orphan back into the wild, this book answers all your questions, even those you didn’t know to ask. From awe-inspiring Cosmic Creators to wee pisuhänds guarding hearth and home, discover the habits and habitats of Dragons and pseudo-dragons both familiar and rare.

The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook shows us how human and Dragon lives are bound together and why Dragons are now – and ever will be – relevant: In their wildness lie lessons for us all.

Dragons for Beginners 

Ancient Creatures in a Modern World

Llewellyn Worldwide
Available from Llewellyn, Amazon,
and Local Bookstores Everywhere.

DfBcoverWelcome to Dragon Country!

Here Dragonfire sears the grass and the wind dances with Dragon-song. Here you’ll find true Dragons, real flesh-and-blood creatures that are as fiercely alive and majestic as they were thousands of years ago.

  • Learn about the three true species: Eastern, Western, and Feathered
  • Explore how Dragons evolved and the various types of pseudo-dragons
  • Study the science of Dragons: size, diet, temperament, habitat, and more
  • Discover how Dragons impact religion, art, literature, and occult studies
  • Find out how to safely interact with Dragons


This essential, comprehensive introduction to Dragons is filled with what everyone must know about these extraordinary creatures. Whether a casual dracophile or a dedicated Dragon keeper, come explore what Dragons have to teach us about the world and ourselves. Discover how, with care and devotion, you can help save them from extinction.


Editor’s Corner 101.4


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Shawn MacKENZIE:

For the writer in all of us….

Originally posted on the secret keeper:

Written by Shawn MacKenzie

Music to the Ear.

“Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it …” … Virginia Woolf

Always remember, never forget: As much as there is rhythm to life, there is rhythm to writing.

shawn scribe-small dragon at deak

In preparation for the challenge of the Editor’s Corner, I have, much as time and stomach allow, perused a cross-section of blogs and self-published novels and short stories. While there are sparks of brilliance out there, I am amazed by the amount of clunky, tin-eared prose out there, replete with stilted dialogue, baroque narratives, and lurky-jerky labyrinths of bad grammar and even worse punctuation. It’s enough to make this editor weep – or at least tear her hair.

‘Can’t these people hear what they’re writing?’ I ask myself. Such…

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Editor’s Corner 101.3


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Shawn MacKENZIE:

Catching up… For those of you who have missed it.
Thank you, Jennifer for keeping EC alive.

Originally posted on the secret keeper:

Written by Shawn MacKenzie

You Gotta Have Style

“Fashion fades, but style endures.” …Coco Chanel

Scribe smallNow, I assume that everyone has done their homework and brushed up on their grammar, punctuation, and all the other pesky elements of our craft.

Which brings me to the second part of William Strunk’s treatise: style.

What is literary style and how does it play into a writer/editor’s labors? Can we even discuss style or is it like Potter Stewart’s obscenity, we simply know it when we see it? Perhaps it’s a bit of both.

Curiously, over this past week my thoughts veered away from the world of letters and into – for me – the unfamiliar world of haute couture, specifically the wit and wisdom of Ms. Coco Chanel. One does not usually put Strunk and Chanel in the same breath, and yet, when it comes to style, they actually have a great…

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Editor’s Corner: 101.2


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Shawn MacKENZIE:

What goes around comes around. Thanks to The Secret Keeper for reissuing my Editor’s Corner posts…Hope they are helpful.

Originally posted on the secret keeper:

Scribe smallElements of Style: A Guide to Wowing on the Literary Runway

Let us now praise little books.

Well, one particular little book.

I don’t know when I got my first copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. The fluid fiction of memory tells me it was in my distant tweeny past, around the time I decided to be a writer. That original volume, spine-cracked and finger-stained, has been swallowed by the years, replaced and swallowed again. And, no matter how many pages I’ve written myself or edited for others, time after time, I still take EofS’s current, dog-eared incarnation from the shelf and go back to basics.

For, like all art, writing begins as a craft and any craft takes time and work to learn well. Before we graduate to the swish-and-swirl aspects of literary style, to voice and hue, meter and pitch, we need to…

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Thoughts On Writing – Susan Sontag [Series Pt 4]


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Shawn MacKENZIE:

Wise words from a brilliant woman. One may not always agree with Sontag, but one can never say she’s uninteresting.

Originally posted on the secret keeper:

a writer's word new 14th june 2014Thoughts on Writing

A Multiple Part Series – Part # 4

“Think With Words—Not Ideas”

by Susan Sontag

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 16th November 2014

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The solution to a problem — a story that you are unable to finish — is the problem. It isn’t as if the problem is one thing and the solution something else. The problem, properly understood = the solution. Instead of trying to hide or efface what limits the story, capitalize on that very limitation. State it, rail against it.

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Talking like touching
Writing like punching somebody

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To be a great writer:
know everything about adjectives and punctuation (rhythm)
have moral intelligence — which creates true authority in a writer

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‘Idea’ as method of instant transport away from direct experience, carrying a tiny suitcase.
‘Idea’ as a means of miniaturizing experience…

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