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bob-mustin's picture
Sep.05.2011
This essay is particularly relevant to me, in that there are genre elements in what I write, although when you view a complete work of mine, you don't see a mystery, or a thriller, or a clean-cut accounting of history. I think neither of Kim Wright's propositions are completely true; most of us...
david-alderman's picture
Jul.20.2011
When I originally started writing the first book in my Black Earth series, End of the Innocence, I vaguely referred to it as a Christian sci-fi/fantasy novel. In the book, some of the characters are of the Christian faith and there are some faith-based themes that run throughout. After a...
jason-quinn-malott's picture
Jun.02.2011
“The demands of the publishing business are a fetish that must not be allowed to keep us from trying out new forms.”  - Italo Calvino "Six Memos for The Next Millennium"   Every time I write a post like Gestures at Something I get a comment from an old friend and self-avowed “cham-...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.28.2011
  Penguin Launches Book Country, An Online Community for Genre Fiction  By Calvin Reid   Looking to support and develop writers of genre fiction, Penguin is launching a public beta of Book Country, a free online writing community and publishing services venture. In development for more than a...
bob-mustin's picture
Apr.28.2011
The missus and I met with two other couples yesterday afternoon for a neighborly chitchat. It didn't take long for the conversation to drift toward end-of-life issues. Not that any of us suspect the end is in sight; it's just that another, older neighbor does feel so, and he seems bent on drawing...
pat-bertram's picture
Apr.07.2011
“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” –Diane Arbus, noted American photographer Out walking the other day, I noticed an incredible shadow of a tree on the sidewalk, and I had to stop and take a picture. I happened to pass at just the right time. In a few...
enoch-john's picture
Mar.10.2011
A large cruise ship lumbers in.A high ranking government official with full security detail greets the tourists:''Welcome to the Banana Republic of Tipsy and Turvy.We want you to enjoy your Carnival, but please remember we can't guarantee your personal safety for the highly paid foreign police...
alexander-zoltai's picture
Feb.12.2011
“Genre” simply means a kind or type of writing. Some folks have even criticized the whole concept of genre. If you look the word up in Wikipedia, you’ll see a questioning of the genre of the very article about genre: “This article is written like a personal reflection or essay and may require...
pat-bertram's picture
Feb.06.2011
I received several rejection letters from publishers and editors over the years saying they liked Light Bringer, that the story was unique and well-written but they’d have to pass because they didn’t know how to sell it. My reaction each time was, “What????” I mean, it’s a book — you put it in a...
barbara-mountjoy's picture
Nov.08.2010
I tried something new today. I opened myself to semi-public criticism at a site called The Page99 Test. I know a lot of writers who regularly post work at Internet writers' spaces for critique. They seem to be pleased with actual reader feedback, so it must work for them. Me, I have a small group...