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(Not Really) Weekly Flash #8 – Running Dark

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 | 1 comment

More flash fiction! I know you’ve been waiting for it. I have too. I really can’t emphasize how much I’ve grown to love this form over the last few months. There’s something appealing about having to work in a confined space and still get a meaningful story. This was actually a class assignment where I was supposed to put a twist in a work in progress by point of view and putting the character in a strange situation. Lock is a character I’ve struggled with for several weeks now. I enjoy writing him, but he’s the type that just won’t cooperate. He has...

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Desperately Seeking Inspiration

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 | 3 comments

This idea comes to me from another student in a Seminar in Fiction class I’m taking right now. She asked her Facebook friends to give her starting lines for stories and I thought it was an amazing idea to get a huge variety of starting points. So here is me asking you for first lines. You can make them as mundane or as crazy as you want. Use any sort of literary device that strikes your fancy, or none at all. Tell me what you had for breakfast or invent a horrific, previously-unheard-of-and-unpronounceable monster, it’s up to you. I commit to writing a story–no length or...

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Guest Post by Ashley M. Christman

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Guest Post by Ashley M. Christman

For your reading pleasure today, I have a guest post by Urban Fantasy/Paranormal author, Ashley M. Christman. Here’s the blurb for her newest offering, Nightingale: Being Sidhe is hard, but a Sidhe without a heartbeat? Life is lucrative and easy for Dr. Grace Caldwell–daughter of vampire father and fey mother–until her ex-boyfriend, FBI agent Jack Montgomery, blackmails her into helping him solve a prostitute’s murder. If only she wasn’t as attracted to Jack as ever, she could concentrate on finding the murderer and get back to her regularly scheduled life. And...

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Review of Await Your Reply

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | Comments Off on Review of Await Your Reply

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this book for a fiction seminar class. It was readable, and not much more than that. The bad: First, I found the constant, nested flashbacks extremely annoying. Half the time I forgot what was happening in the timeline of the book because I was buried in some flashback that went on for a chapter and a half. Second, I had the “twist” figured out by the time I finished chapter four. For a book that had the twist so hyped, that’s a letdown. I kept waiting to be amazed by some huge revelation that just never came....

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Author Interview with Erik Lynd

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Author Interview with Erik Lynd

I’ve got an interview today with an author by the name of Erik Lynd. He’s got a book out right now called Asylum. Here’s the description: “I am going to tell you the story of how and why I killed my brother.  You can think what you want about me afterward, but I want to tell you the whole thing.  Even the things I didn’t tell the police, the things I didn’t tell my own family.  I am going to tell you what really happened, the truth.  But then maybe it is a fiction . . . perhaps a truth existing merely in my head.  Truth or fiction, I don’t know, but...

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Art Feature: Afterlight: End of the World

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Art Feature: Afterlight: End of the World

Something a little different for you today, an art feature for a fantasy graphic novel. Mostly, I talk about words here, but images can relate a story just as powerfully. I got this request and I was so blown away by the artwork that I just had to show you guys some of what this artist, Joseph Corsentino, had to offer. Here’s the description: Time of the Faeries: Afterlight is a four-part graphic novel series that explore the origins of the Faeries, the evolution of Angels and Vampires from a common Fae ancestor, and their own unique adaptations to the modern world. It follows the...

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