Thoughts on The Myth of The Great American Novel

By Brian Kaufman Ask a published writer about a lottery-ticket sort of dream, and some will mention a best-seller. Others, a movie contract. For some, writing the Great American Novel tops the list.I know more than one writer with that secret goal. One of them might be me.

Writers Show Resilience in The Face of The Pandemic

By Eleanor Shelton We already know that writers are a brave lot. We allow complete strangers to read our creations and pass judgment on our suitability to be counted as part of this noble profession. We bare our souls to complete strangers while trying to protect the essence of our beings. Even soldiers wear bulletproofContinue reading “Writers Show Resilience in The Face of The Pandemic”

Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops

By Miranda Birt We’re more than halfway through this year and man, what a ride. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, but let’s be honest—2020 just *bleeping* chucked a Payless off a cliff. While we’ve all been ducking boat shoes and dodging stilettos (some more successfully than others), it’s got me thinking aboutContinue reading “Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops”

When Your Past Becomes History

By Brian Kaufman I’m pretty old. Time is relative. Suppose you bought a car in 1995. You can register it as a classic. Yet a 25-year-old person would hardly be considered an antique. The modern age of baseball started in 1900. The modern age of philosophy began with René Descartes in the seventeenth century. So,Continue reading “When Your Past Becomes History”

Professor Malevolent’s School For Fictional Villainy

By David E. Sharp Every Batman needs his Joker, every Cinderella needs her wicked stepmother, and every tortoise track-and-field athlete needs an obnoxious hare. Your hero is only as good as your villain. But it’s easy to get villains wrong. That’s why I have asked the advice of notable villain and nefarious schemer, Professor Malevolent.Continue reading “Professor Malevolent’s School For Fictional Villainy”

IT’S NOT JUST A HAIRCUT I NEED.

By JC Lynne Originally posted May 21, 2020 Day seventy-four, and there is still no hand sanitizer to be found. And don’t get me started on the yeast shortage. Okay, that sounded worse than it should have. Where are the jalapeños? Why isn’t there any Monterey Jack cheese? What is the attraction these gabachos haveContinue reading “IT’S NOT JUST A HAIRCUT I NEED.”

ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG WRITER

BY BRIAN KAUFMAN Originally posted May 14, 2020 When I was twelve years old, I wrote an adventure story about school kids trapped on an island, thwarting a plot to take over the world. My English teacher had me read the story to the class. I decided then that if I didn’t play centerfield forContinue reading “ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG WRITER”

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK

BY JC LYNNE Originally posted May 07, 2020 (Cue cheerful and 50s uptempo music.) Did you ever stop to think about the many kinds of living things in the world around us? There are plants and animals. On the land, in the air, and in the water, we are surrounded by LIFE. And it’s thatContinue reading “THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK”