Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"The Greatest Literary Show on Earth"











by Laura Mahal













When I recently attended the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder, CO, I wasn’t expecting to take the advertising campaign literally. “Get High on Literature”? Sure. I do that all the time. 

Reading makes me happy. Writing keeps me sane. I don’t have to light anything up to feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. (No comments from the clown car.) 



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Someday I will publish a book, Or So You Want To Be A Writer










By Eleanor Shelton 








My parents are getting old and have begun minimizing their possessions. My mother recently cleaned out several plastic bins of old photos and memorabilia from the basement. 

Each of her daughters received a package of “this is your life so far” images of childhood, awkward adolescence, marriages, pets long gone, and earnest school essays. Included in my package was a handmade book I'd made in 4th grade titled, Someday.





Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Everyone Has An Angle. Is Yours Working for You?




By JC Lynne














Ergonomics. The process of designing environments, products, and systems to fit the people who use them. I've never given it much thought. Okay, not true. When the Beard and I were remodeling the kitchen, I gave it a lot of thought.



The kitchen work triangle is the unity of storage, washing, and cooking. Now that I'm thinking about it, I've given way too much thought to the kitchen and spent entirely too much time in it. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Acro-nimble








By Ronda Simmons









I have a small stone that has the word OHIO etched onto it. As much as I admire the Buckeye State, I don’t have it as a reminder of Amish farms and Rock and Roll. 


It's there because of the acronym it represents: Only Handle It Once. It’s a handy little pneumonic that I apply to mundane tasks such as sorting mail, picking up debris in my living room, hiding the bodies of my enemies, etc.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Finding Time to Write





By Brian Kaufman














Writers procrastinate. In a busy world, finding something other than writing to do is easy. Having dawdled away entire decades, I found myself without anything to show for the time spent talking about writing (most often with a beer in my hand). By the time I got serious, I was a forty-year-old man with two full-time jobs, a mountain of debt, and three children to worry over. 



That’s when I began to write my first novel.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Write Purpose










By Jason Meadors










I will never give a seminar on how to make a great living as a fiction writer. Because I don't. Now, I do make a comfortable enough living doing my real-world job. It pays the bills and allows Sherri and I to have some time to travel and play now and then.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Tools of Suspense or Veronica Goes to a Diner




By David E. Sharp








No matter the genre, suspense is a critical element of narration. It's regular a topic in critique sessions. Suspense is that enigmatic quality of writing that creates urgent curiosity in readers. We keep turning pages because we HAVE. TO. KNOW.


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