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bookfront1Hello Everyone,

Sorry I’ve been AWOL on my posts of late – other than “Word of the Day.” I’ve been working my bum off on a special project.

Introducing: A New Look at Old Words

When I was working on Lady Blade I bought a reprint of  A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words written in 1860. I was so excited. I thought it would be perfect for adding some salt to the dialog of my pirate characters.

Problem was, since it was a dictionary, I needed to already know the slang word in order to look it up. I knew the bookfront2definition, not the word. For example, if I wanted a slang word for a black-eye I’d have to read the whole book to find one! Basically the book was no help at all, until I reorganized it.

I typed in each word and then grouped all the words into categories such as Body Parts, Insults, Professions… so that I could find what I was looking for quickly and easily. And I couldn’t help adding a bit of artwork and commentary. The result – a 700 page book full of all the wonderful words you’ve been enjoying each day, laid out by topic.

Now the book is ready to go to Kickstarter – after some final edits.


And here is where I could use your help. I’ve created 3 versions of a cover, and I want to see which is the most popular.

So vote away! I want to hear from you. Which do you like best?



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