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Inspiration for Writers: Rebecca Miller

I find this video of Rebecca Miller, author of ‘The Secret Lives of Pippa Lee’ completely inspiring.  Not just for her eloquence and openness in talking about her creative process but also for the beguiling wall behind her in the video. 162 more words


Endangered Speechies: D

So how on earth it got to Tuesday again, I have no idea.  My only excuse for being such a shockingly irregular blogster is that last week I really pulled myself back into my writing.  728 more words


Eat MORE Science Fiction -- Any Fiction At All, Really

     In my last post, EAT SCIENCE FICTION (link opens in new tab), I discussed the role of food in fiction, especially science fiction. I focused on the social element of eating meals and the way food and smells of food can evoke memories and feelings in us and in our readers when we include food in our fiction. 644 more words


Building Blocks (HoJo dumpster diving)

On warm summer nights in 1961, the kids would gather on Reisterstown Road in the upper northwest area of Baltimore, Maryland.  Sure the pinball machines in the bowling alley were fun, and, of course, so was a game of duckpins.   204 more words

Steven S. Walsky

Layer Cake

Cake baking has never been my thing. Too fussy. The ingredients make it look deceptively easy—butter, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and Bob’s your uncle. 768 more words


Featured From the Archives: The Terrifying Subgenres of Horror

We’ve nearly completed our re-visit tour of the literary subgenres, but there are still three more: Horror, Mystery, and the grand finale — Science Fiction.  So, just like last week, let’s not waste time chatting and get right down to business, shall we? 1,651 more words


Defining Characters

Defining Characters

By Tessa White

Defining, developing and structuring strong characters can be a long and tricky process. Even so, it is actually one my favorites to do when it comes to writing a story of any kind. 789 more words

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