On The Subject Of Cultivating Empathy

Predictably, Facebook is pretty much a shit-show after last night. Of course, that’s a glimpse of the privilege I possess, isn’t it? That for me, Facebook is a failed, unreal, intangible place — and I can turn it off, or I can filter out the conversation and look at funny Buzzfeed articles instead, or I can wall myself off and post pictures of my kid and my dog. Ferguson, though, isn’t like that. The rest of the real world isn’t like that. Some folks — again, not me, because I’m white... Read The Rest →

NaNoWriMo: One Week To Go

So, those of you doing NaNoWriMo — how’s it going? Still in? Not in any longer? What’s the scoop? Is there anything anyone here can help you with to get you past this last week’s worth of feverish squirrel-bitten wordsmithy? Also, feel free to take a favorite sentence or even a paragraph from your work and drop it into the comments below. Swing into the comments space and talk it out. Ask questions. Yell at the clouds. Drop some mad rhymes. I mean, if you have mad rhymes to drop. With one... Read The Rest →

I Am A Racist And I Am A Sexist And Probably Some Other -Ists, Too

This is one of those posts I’m a little bit afraid to write, which at least is the sign of an interesting post, and occasionally the sign of a post that needs to get written. I’m hoping — ha ha heh heh ahem gulp fingers crossed — it’s the latter. (It’s also a way long post, so, erm — sorry?) Hi, I’m the Internet’s Chuck Wendig, and I’m a racist. And also a sexist. And probably a handful of other “*-ists,” too. I know. You’re saying, “Chuck, but you’re a feminist. And... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Superheroes Plus

Last week’s challenge: Oh, We’re Gonna Use These Photos, All Right. First up — a point of administration. I never picked the random winners from the three-sentence challenge, so I’m doing that — *checks watch that doesn’t exist on my wrist* — right now. Three winners: Brenda (sleepingseeker) mandybroughton Taylor Johnson You three — email me at terribleminds at gmail dot com. Now, onto this week’s challenge. I want you write a superhero story. Except — then I want you to mash it up with another subgenre. You can choose... Read The Rest →

Jessica Leake: Five Things I Learned Writing Arcana

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.... Read The Rest →

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