Barbara Barnett weaves together fantasy and scientific elements for a story rich in magic, history, and myth. The Apothecary’s Curse is grounded in reality, with their immortality based in science and nature. Science plays a large role, questioning medical science versus apothecary, with Barnett highlighting the praises and flaws of both. Simon and Gaelan are both tortured by their pasts, with Simon haunted by his wife, and Gaelan suffers from PTSD due to the Bedlam torture.
I’ll be speaking at a Chicago Writers Association Seminar August 12 at Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan, Room 401 (conference room). The Topic for the morning is Building Your Writing Confidence. CWA members Barbara Barnett and Genevieve Davis will help writers in all genres address this debilitating condition. Genevieve will walk you through the process of finding your voice as a writer.
Arvind Ethan David (The Infidel) is executive producer of the Netflix/BBC America hit series Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency, which is in its second season. But he was also at San Diego Comic-Con promoting his latest project Darkness Visible, a collaboration with comic book creator/novelist Mike Carey (Lucifer). I met up with David during Comic-Con 2017 and we had a lovely conversation that ranged from Darkness Visible to Dirk Gently and Douglas Adams to the rich tradition of British comedy.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".