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steven-belanger's picture
Mar.05.2014
 Photo: Cover of the book, from imagesbn.com (bn.com; Barnes and Noble)   My friend Sheryl Sorrentino has crafted a sort of unique novel in a style that she calls "real fiction."  In an Afterword, she describes "real fiction" as "...provocative, culturally-inclusive stories that...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Feb.16.2014
"What's the point of human existence?" "Why did people actually show up on earth?" "What is the point of human creation?" "What is the point of YOUR life?" These are big questions and not easily answered. Anyone who answers them quickly is only admitting they have not explored them deeply. I was...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.16.2013
It takes as much effort for me to create an imaginary location as a setting for a novel as it does to follow down those true and established paths of reality. And I can't say either is more difficult than the other. Of course it helps if I have actually been to the real place (such as Prague for my...
cynthia-brian's picture
Aug.08.2013
  Reviewed by Cynthia Brian   Love is Forever   What would you do if the mythical creature that you’ve always believed was real showed up at your window one evening?  Invite him in, of course!  In Jerry Ackerman’s young adult novel, a little girl contently draws dragons at...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.11.2013
Photo: Norman Rockwell's "Merry Christmas, Grandma!" at addictinginfo.org (Not my kinda site, but it had a good photo of this painting).  Is Christmas ever this old-fashioned and homey?   "So Many Reasons to Celebrate the Season," my most recently-purchased story, about how a best-...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.23.2013
Photo: movie poster, from its Wikipedia page _____ [Note: The word "Crazies" here is used to denote the categorical, but not universal, behavior of the characters described, and the behavior of their real-life counterparts.  Never doubt that these behaviors cause these victims to suffer--...
thaisa-frank's picture
Dec.03.2012
I've had a lot of interviews but Yuvi Zalkow, who interviewed me for The Rumpus this week, has a special quality--as a person, a writer, and an interviewer. His own writing scrapes the heart with authenticity. (See A Briliant Novel in the works at http://tinyurl.com/bqq9nwu)  As...
priscilla-hodgkins's picture
Nov.12.2012
Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of …” series feature women who live in opulent houses, have housekeepers, nannies, make-up and hair stylists, expensive cars, and their own charitable foundations.  They spend their days having lunch, planning charity events to promote their products, and...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Jul.04.2012
Real, Feel, Heal I have a philosophy about dealing with life’s problems. It’s called Real, Feel, Heal. Let me give you some background on that. No one can avoid adversity in life. I don’t care who you are or what you do, one day you’ll lose a job, have marital problems, experience the death of a...
steven-belanger's picture
May.15.2012
photo: Jackson the Greyhound, happy to be out for a walk   A short nonfiction piece, titled "Someone to Come Home to," about how my life improved when I adopted a greyhound, was published recently in an anthology, now available on Amazon at this link.  If you're interested in real...