Why I Like Weather – a timely poem
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
1M ago
In the San Francisco Bay Area and much of California, we’re experiencing a train of historic “atmospheric river” storms. Like a firehose pointed directly at the state’s northern region, we’re being showered with an epic series of heavy storms. Following our multi-year, devastating drought, the ground and reservoirs are not prepared to absorb this much-needed water. But as a weather geek, connoisseur of the names for extraordinary weather events, I can only wish everyone safe… The post Why I Like Weather – a timely poem appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Jane Austen Time Traveler – Bonus Character Interviews, Part 1
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
1M ago
Some authors interview their characters. I enjoy that idea, but I decided to put a spin on it, and have characters interview each other. This week: Jane Austen, 200 years in the future, interviews her host and superfan Will Fleming, while visiting his estate. JANE AUSTEN INTERVIEWS WILL FLEMING Will Fleming’s light blue eyes captured Jane’s curiosity. They widened and narrowed, gold flecks shifting like fleeting clouds, the nuances of his expressions changing through many… The post Jane Austen Time Traveler – Bonus Character Interviews, Part 1 appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Jodi Taylor’s Time Travel Series – a Book Review
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
2M ago
Review of Jodi Taylor’s Time Travel Books If you could spend an hour in another century, where would you go? Would you time travel to watch a famous battle or attend a royal ball? Would you want to solve a mystery or observe daily life in another time? And if you time traveled in history and saw unexpected events, would you then try to set the historical record straight? That’s the premise of Jodi Taylor’s… The post Jodi Taylor’s Time Travel Series – a Book Review appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Why a Novel About Jane Austen?
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
3M ago
Jane Austen Time Traveler Why make Jane Austen a time traveler? With her wit and insight, I wonder what she’d make of our century — would the 21st century fascinate or repel her, and might she find love? She was a genius at exploring the morality and heart of her characters — their self-interest or goodness. She might find people very different in our time, or  their essential strengths and frailties might be the same… The post Why a Novel About Jane Austen? first appeared on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR. The post Why a Novel About Jane Austen? appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
3M ago
The Department of Lost Hours Where do they put them, the lost hours of saved daylight? Are they stored in a dusty government office, an accidentally funded pocket of the federal budget? Stashed by clever clock drones to craft their own alternate century. As autumn hones our edges, brightens the leaves, billows the sky, the hours seem to dim, shrink, turn in on themselves. All I want to do is turn inside, switch on lamps… The post appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Haiku Poems in a Pandemic
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
3M ago
Early in the pandemic, before a vaccine had been developed, when it seemed as though death stalked the streets, many of us poets wondered how to write at such a time. Whole cities had gone silent, absent of the normal traffic rushing from place to place. Work, shopping, worship, social life, dining out, going to movies — all suspended. We dared not go out exept to walk, masked, keeping carefully apart. I wondered how I… The post Haiku Poems in a Pandemic appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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How to Self-Publish Your Book on KDP
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
5M ago
Many people ask me how to self-publish a book on kdp (Amazon). What are the steps? Is it easy? Do you have to pay someone? What do they need to have ready? This article provides some answers and links to more articles. The answer is, it’s relatively simple, if you consider making a cheese souffle simple. No, you don’t need to hire people, but I do. If you have hours of time to learn all… The post How to Self-Publish Your Book on KDP appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Mending Our Broken World with Gold
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
6M ago
Our Broken World People talk a lot these days about the divisions in our country and our world. With good reason, they lament the brokenness we see among a large swath of the population, and the despair many feel that the “normal” world will never be regained. I have a different view. I come at this chaos with the idea that we are making a hairpin turn in civilization, and won’t be returning to “normal”.… The post Mending Our Broken World with Gold appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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Children Aiding Ukraine’s Children
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
6M ago
Children Standing Together as One Family I’m always moved to see adults joining together from many countries to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russian invaders. And  when I see children moved by the plight of other children, it’s especially touching. They’re not only sympathizing, they’re taking action! This group of children got together to do something tangible to help Ukrainian kids. They raised funds with handmade goods and baked treats, sending tthe proceeds to… The post Children Aiding Ukraine’s Children appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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What I Know
Rachel Dacus
by Rachel Dacus
6M ago
Things sometimes need to be said plainly in poetry. But my pen tends toward curvature. It wants line breaks and metaphors, sometimes rhythm or even rhyme. I’m thinking about how you can say a thing with those curves while buffing its essentials to a clarity that can’t be mistaken. This poem burst into being recently, got some polishing, some additions, and probably will evolve. So I won’t send it out for publishing. I’ll post it… The post What I Know appeared first on RACHEL DACUS, AUTHOR ..read more
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