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by Laura Preble • 11 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...
by Nina Munteanu • 22 comments
“A person with synesthesia might hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown, feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter J as shimmering magenta or the number 5 as emerald green,”
“A person with synesthesia might hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown, feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter J as shimmering magenta or the number 5 as emer...
by Laura Preble • 12 comments
Are reviews-for-hire and consumer opinions muddying the literary waters or leveling the playing field for writers?
Are we killing serious literature with all our good intentions? That’s the question posited in a recent article in the British paper The Guardian. Although Peter Stothard, who is editor of the Time...
by Nina Munteanu • 27 comments
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood tells us “why we need science fiction” in an article entitled “Aliens Have Taken the Place of Angels”.
In a June 2005 issue of The Guardian, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood tells us “why we need science fiction” in an article entitled “Aliens Have Taken the Place of Angels”. Atwood submits that “scien...
by Nina Munteanu • 7 comments
Would it smell as sweet? When Shakespeare first used that now famous line spoken by Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, he was no doubt evoking the importance of representative symbolism while suggesting that the true nature of the thing had its intrinsic value beyond its icon. Or did it?
...Would it smell as sweet? When Shakespeare first used that now famous line spoken by Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, he was no doubt evoking the importance of representative symbolism while suggesting t...
by Laura Preble • 5 comments
Rejection hurts. But finding a way to take rejection and use it as a challenge can help you in writing and in life.
I applied for this amazing writer’s retreat that happens in New Mexico every summer. It takes place at a spot called Ghost Ranch, and it’s sponsored by a group called A Room of Her Own (AROHO), a wri...
by Nina Munteanu • 10 comments
Have you ever wondered what significance the Amazon Bestsellers Rank has? Have you ever wondered whether it relates to something useful about sales through a consistent algorithm or is it, in fact, the result of some whimsical arcane card game by men behind a curtain? (It wouldn’t be women; they don’t hide behind curtains, do they?)
I’ve been writing and publishing books for a while now. Since the early 90s. It wasn’t until 2007 with Dragon Moon Press’s publication of Darwin’s Paradox that a book of mine was picked up and sold by...
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler talks shop with Scribophile!
This interview appeared in our September newsletter. You can subscribe here if you want to read more great interviews! We have a special treat for you today. New York Times best-selling novelist Scot...
by Laura Preble • 4 comments
With our instant media culture, everybody can (and does) give their opinion on pretty much everything. Is this good or bad?
My latest book, Out, isn’t published yet, but I’m receiving email from disgruntled non-readers. This leads me to my observation of the week: everybody is, indeed, a critic now. In the olden days, a...
by Nina Munteanu • 17 comments
If you haven’t yet attended a writer’s conference or convention, it’s high time you did. Because, not only are you missing out on an education, you are missing out on a sub-culture that may change your life as a writer, help feed the hungry and align the universe.
I just registered to attend (and participate as a panelist and guest author) at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto this October. And I’m all jazzed about it! Why?... Well, let me tell you why… I...
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