Flash Fiction Challenge: It’s X Meets Y Again!

I did this challenge back at the start of the year and kinda adored it. Therein I described it as follows: I love that some writers describe their stories — usually in an elevator pitch or to sell the story to an agent, editor or reader — as “THIS STORY meets THAT STORY.” Right? “Oh,” the writer says, “It’s like CATCHER IN THE RYE meets SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.” And you’re like, whoa, what the fuck does that even mean. Today, we are going to find out. Below, you’ll find two columns,... Read The Rest →

Bryon Quertermous: Writing Without Fear

HEY GUYS IT’S BYRON QUARTERMOUSE — *checks notes* — okay, that’s maybe not how you spell his name? Whatever. Point is, he came to me and wanted to talk about guest posts here. We kind of ping-ponged some stuff back and forth and what resulted was this idea of “writing without fear.” It’s a vulnerable post, a post about vulnerability, which is interesting, I think — vulnerability is sometimes a virtue for writers, but it’s also a difficult one to manifest. If only because we don’t really like to be vulnerable, do... Read The Rest →

“Just For Girls?” How Gender Divisions Trickle Down

I’ll say up front I am genuinely happy that DC is going to put forward their girl superheroes for kids. If the writing is great, this’ll be good stuff. Kudos. Huzzah. Hurrah. A PARADE OF PONIES AND GLEE. *flings ponies into air with catapult* *explodes ponies with cannons* *glitter everywhere* *also sequins* *also ice cream sprinkles because why the fuck not* I’m happy anytime any publisher, creator or company thinks: “Hey, weird, maybe we should be talking to everybody, not just this one group who has dominated the conversation for a good... Read The Rest →

Peter Newman: Five Things I Learned Writing The Vagrant

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. What little hope remains is dying.... Read The Rest →

Christopher Irvin: Five Things I Learned Writing Burn Cards

Mirna Fowler believes she has been cheated in life, growing up in a broken home alone with a drunken and gambling-addicted father. Now she works at a small hair salon in Reno, doing her best to survive while she saves money for school. Hoping to get a degree that will take her places.  But in the wake of her father’s death, Mirna inherits his extravagant debt, an amount of money she can never repay. As her fractured world begins to crumble, the search for the truth sets her on a... Read The Rest →

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