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What is Steam Trains and Ghosts?

Hello. My name is Margaret Taylor and Steam Trains and Ghosts is my personal blog. I’m currently a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. I’m also an avid writer of science fiction and fantasy stories, which I publish as Smashwords books online.

This blog grew out of an effort in the spring of 2008 to publicize my first novel, Grizelda. It went well, and now I’ve caught the blogging bug. Here you can find news and information about my creative efforts, including Grizelda, The Confederacy of Heaven (2010), and my latest, Cannon Fodder.

Besides writing, this blog contains a fair bit about my other obsessions, like cooking, plants, and generalized nerdiness.  Expect me to rant about slime molds, cats, the incompleteness paradox, and Alan Rickman piloting a dirigible.

The lovely logo in the background was crafted by MN-based art student Mark Reif. You can find his website here at The Whole 9.  If you’ve got something to say about Steam Trains and Ghosts, I’d love you to drop me a line!



If you’d like to connect with me on social media, here are the places you can find me:

Goodreads is your best bet. I love to share reviews about good books on that site.

I tend to use Facebook to connect with people I already know. If you send a friend request and introduce yourself, though, then you’re somebody I know.

Finally, I tend to lurk around Reddit’s books and writing threads as four_d_tesseract.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Cameron Gemlo permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:49 PM

    I am a huge fan of “The arrival” and steampunkery in general. Keep up the good work!

  2. May 6, 2011 7:48 PM

    Hi! I just read “The Confederacy of Heaven”, and enjoyed it greatly. (Review at, if you like). I liked it enough so that I just acquired Griselda by largely-honest means.

    (I write fantasy too: my free web-serial is at

    Thanks very much!
    — Bard

  3. August 3, 2011 6:51 PM

    Just finished reading The Confederacy of Heaven a great read enjoyed it very much and think it could use a follow up as in what becomes of Nasan, Capt. Lunde. Do they get Systems Integrated working, what becomes og the 12 clans. So much more could be a couple more books in this theme after all there are still exiled Stars arouind

    • August 4, 2011 7:23 AM

      Thanks a lot, Al. I’m not sure about a sequel yet, there could be one.

  4. haley permalink
    November 10, 2011 1:53 PM

    Hello! Grizelda and the confed of heaven were wonderful! Unlike anything i have read before but they both left with such terrible cliffhangers… i hope to see much more from you in the future and really appreciate your work!

  5. April 13, 2012 11:55 AM

    Just wanted to say I love the name of your blog!

  6. The Creative Kitty permalink
    April 15, 2012 9:22 AM

    Your description of your blog is so comforting. I’m interested in so many things but always thought my blog should be restricted to just one thing. Now I see I can explore other things and be successful! 🙂

  7. Scott MacGillivray permalink
    June 24, 2012 3:36 AM

    Just got an e-reader so now I can take my e-books on the road. I have just downloaded your novel “The Confederacy of Heaven” it is a great read so far. I hope to read more of your work in the future. Thank you.

    • June 24, 2012 1:20 PM

      Thanks, I’m glad you’re liking it. And there will be more where that came from.

  8. March 1, 2013 1:18 PM

    Hey Margaret! I don’t know if you’re doing award posts or not, but I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  9. March 7, 2013 10:05 PM

    Here’s another award to think on because you definitely deserve the extra exposure: The Liebster Award is a little more involved than the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, so I completely understand if you don’t want to accept it right now. 🙂

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