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Writing by the Water

For Writers

Workbooks, Planners, Resources, How-to, and more!

We all have the curse of a story that yearns to be written.

The Writer's Bane is a curse and passion, both a want and need to tell a story. In this volume, discover ways to use research to help creates and enrich your characters, world, and plot. Join me as I share my passion for research for creating my work and how it can aid you with your own. Whether you need help with character development, worldbuilding, and making that plot turn in the direction you need it to go, there's a little something in here for everyone.

This volume covers many topics of research including:

  • How to keep organized

  • Types of research

  • Resources to consider

  • Breaking down how to use it for:

  • Characters World Plot

  • Several activity sheets

  • Countless examples from the author's own work and existing work

  • What to do with leftover research to benefit your author journey
  • Writing Prompts from her "Fact Inspiring Fiction" workshop

  • Articles from author's own leftovers for real life examples


We all have the curse of a story that yearns to be created.

The Writer's Bane is a curse and passion, both a want and need to tell a story. In this volume, you will learn the importance for prepping a book (picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction) for layout as well as laying it out in a way that appeals to your readers. Book design has advanced; with the aid of new software, print-on-demand, and eBooks, accessibility for authors of all levels has gotten easier. Discover your options and get ready to make a checklist! This volume covers many topics of research including: 

- Glossary & terms
- Anatomy of book interior
- Software & Program Options for Digital Typesetting 
- What CMS formatting means  
- Industry standards & reader expectations 
- Prepping text for format 
- Picking the right trim size 
- Formatting for print and/or eBook 
- Do’s and Don’ts for formatting 
- Step-by-step formatting guides 
- Layout recommendations 
- Storyboarding for Picture books
- File preparation for vendors 
- How genre and audience change formatting

If you are looking for accounts and retelling of encounters with werewolves, this is a great starting point.

Be mindful these stories were published in 1865 and the content will have “current” events the author had encountered as well as mythological findings in terms of what was known and understood at that time. From the legends of using magical wolf skins to the terrifying accounts of lycanthropy, you will find both known and forgotten accounts, including a variety of content ranging from Greek and Nordic Mythology to superstitions in a variety of cultures like were-beavers, were-bears, were-birds, were-hyenas, accounts of lycanthropy, serial killers, and even a in-depth account of Gilles of Rais (Joan of Arc's companion and child-killer) and his accusations, trial, and execution. It is amazing to see the variety of cultures covered side-by-side as the author takes us to North America, Africa, India, France, and even Iceland and Russia.

There are overlaps in vampire lore, especially midway as he ventures in the real-life accounts, men and women both abandoning their humanity and indulging in horrific actions. From eating people to mauling them, you will find names, dates, and information forgotten. This includes stories involving Elizabeth Bathory and Jean Grenier.

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A Collection of Fairy Testimonials, Studies, Mythology, and Science: Fairies and the mysterious world of the fae have been tied into mythology, legend, superstition, fiction, and even our history.

They capture the mischief and wonder of the world we live in, especially life in the forest or the garden. This book is a cornerstone in discovering testimonials, beliefs, roots, and even the science of fairies. Originally published in 1911, there are legends and stories within this tome you can’t find anywhere else.
This illustrated version showcases artwork from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, John D. Batten, and William H. Robinson. This book focuses on the Fairy-Faith phenomenon unfolding in the ‘Celtic Countries’ such as Ireland, Scotland, Britanny, Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Wales. Stories inside are about a large assortment of fairies, witches, and magicians.

Discover tales about changelings, pixies, fairy dogs, sidhe, Corrigans, Danaan race, and many tales who have songs sung in connection to misadventures such as Crodh Chaliean. Magic users like witch-doctors to Merlin are mentioned often as well as the practice of exorcisms by Priests.

This is a cornerstone piece for anyone wanting to dive deeper into mythology of various kinds.

Mr. Bulfinch does a wonderful job in making a collective account of stories for most of the entities he covers, including several excerpts from poets, historians, Milton, Homer, as well as his own brother and many more. Traversing from Greek and Roman to Hindu and Celtic and beyond, this is a great book for any mythology lover.

If that wasn’t enticing enough, we added in the volumes of “King Arthur and His Knights” and even “Legends of Charlemagne” to give you an unforgettable resource and collection. This contents of this book were created in the late 1800’s and thus, the wording and spelling of many of the deities, places, and beyond are vastly different from their modern versions. In an attempt to bring this up to speed, while still maintaining its original state, Battle Goddess Productions has replaced the spellings that may hinder someone’s ability to discover more research on the stories and mythology found within.

This includes the spelling of names, such as but not limited to, Corea – Korea, Thibet – Tibet, or in some cases we added the alternative spelling “Halcyone/Alcyone” in order not to lose the original grip it holds. Another change we did was break out the dialogue and excerpts so that they may stand out clearly and be easier read or found. we hope these extra efforts involving the textual content make this a more pleasant experience for discovering mythology.

The artwork found within is a collection of work from a mixture of artists from over a hundred years ago and older. A listing of artists can be found in the back matter so you may search for more of their work within our edition. Not all of the public domain images had the artist labelled, but we felt the “unknown” deserved to be shown off right along with the more well-known artists. The collective was known for illustrating fairy tales, mythology, or even prior versions of Bulfinch’s own publications including Arthur Rackham, a personal favorite. If you have ever wondered where and how so many authors tie mythology into their work, then this book may be the key you were looking for. Within this piece are many stories both familiar and lesser known.

There will be information discovered in here that may shed light on modern retellings and inspired work like “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman to our very own “Cedric the Demonic Knight” by Valerie Willis. By no means is this a complete collection of all things mythology, worldly, or monsters. Though, as a complete geek for mythology, it is a must-have as part of your at-home collection. There are several other up to date sources, but this is a flavor you will not, cannot, find.
If you wish to research these further, seek out other books such as J.A. Coleman’s “Dictionary of Mythology,” “The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore” by Patricia Monaghan, “Norse Mythology A to Z” by Kathleen N. Daly, and even Carol Rose’s “Giants, Monsters, and Dragons” – all of these are found in our very own arsenal of go-to books for research.

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