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  1. My Writing is My Life

    My Writing is My Life

    by Laura Preble10 comments

    It's good to remember why writing matters, and why we do it.

    My writing is the part of me that lives. Despite hardships, despite obstacles, despite cruel days and lonely nights, writing continues. I’ve done it since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I hav...

  2. Reconciling Yesterday’s Future with Today’s Past

    Reconciling Yesterday’s Future with Today’s Past

    by Nina Munteanu5 comments

    Our predictions and visions of the future are certainly predicated on our perceptions of the present and the past. So, what happens when yesterday’s “future” collides with today’s past?

    Yesterday The Canada Writes Sci-Fi Twitter Challenge occurred. Writers had from 9 am to 9 pm ET to teleport themselves 100 years into the future and Tweet back the most profound, funny, prescient or d...

  3. The Gritty Pearl and Financial Freedom

    The Gritty Pearl and Financial Freedom

    by Laura Preble10 comments

    A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write.

    The following is actually an essay I am writing as part of an application for something called The Gift of Freedom. It's a grant awarded to female writers annually to financially make it possible for...

  4. Walking the Tightrope Between Innocent and Cynical

    Walking the Tightrope Between Innocent and Cynical

    by Nina Munteanu8 comments

    The writer’s journey from the passion and vulnerability of innocence to the wisdom of experience can be a dark and twisted road. In fact, if you are a writer of any merit, I guarantee you that yours will be too. Think Dante…

    The writer’s journey from the passion and vulnerability of innocence to the wisdom of experience can be a dark and twisted road. In fact, if you are a writer of any merit, I guarantee you that yours w...

  5. Detaching from the Outcome

    Detaching from the Outcome

    by Laura Preble1 comment

    Writing conferences are a lot like speed dating. If you expect to find Mr. Right Agent, you might be disappointed. Go with the flow.

    The first time I attended a writing conference, I was nervous. Actually, I was scared. I truthfully got to the hotel and contemplated hiding in the bathroom. (Which isn’t a bad place to hide, really;...

  6. What Did You Do Before You Were Famous…?

    What Did You Do Before You Were Famous…?

    by Nina Munteanu10 comments

    You have a following…Fans who “stalk” you at the writer conventions you participate in. Fans who want to co-write the sequel to your current bestseller with you, because they understand your universe—and your characters—so well. You discover that some fans have gone ahead and written fan-fic about your main character and universe on the Internet—a sign of adoration. Really.

    So, you’re a famous author now… You’ve published several books and they sold more than a dozen copies each. In fact, a few have been translated and are in second printings. You’ve received some recog...

  7. The Mind Palace

    The Mind Palace

    by Laura Preble5 comments

    Our minds keep all of the information we ever heard, saw, or experienced. If you know how, you can access all that information and use it.

    One of my latest obsessions is BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Okay, so I kind of cyber stalk him. It’s harmless. One of the reasons I love the show (other than my Benaddiction) is th...

  8. Writing About Truth…and Other Lies

    Writing About Truth…and Other Lies

    by Nina Munteanu16 comments

    Whenever an issue of importance arises, the truth reveals itself. And sometimes in the oddest way. It often slides in through a back door in nuance, motion, color.

    Some of you may be aware of the still running commentary on my previous article here entitled “Angels, Aliens, Atwood and other Archetypes”. The topic of ‘what science fiction does best as literature’...

  9. A Piece of my Heart

    A Piece of my Heart

    by Laura Preble11 comments

    Newspapers have been our country's thread through history. The thread is breaking.

    Allow me to grieve for a moment or two. I just canceled the subscription to my local newspaper. This may seem like a fairly trivial thing, but to me, it marks the end of an era in my life. I gre...