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This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Christmas Book Tree’s

My good friend found a readers’ heaven for the Christmas holiday.

The Reading Chick

I was in Columbia, TN this week wandering around their downtown and wandered my way into a bookstore. Funny how that happens!  What drew me in was this beautiful Christmas book tree in the window of the store. (I’ll be honest, the books did too!)

Book TreeI took a picture and turned to the guy at the counter and asked him how many books it took to make this tree. He said “I dunno.” Very disappointing answer! I can’t imagine I’m the first person to walk into the store and ask that question. Anyway, I took a picture and marveled at how high it stood, wondering if I had enough books at home to make one.  I probably do, but it would leave my bookshelves absolutely empty! As well as the thought of putting all of those books back on the shelves persuaded me to not build a tree quite that…

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December 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm 1 comment

Vanishing Tracks

This poem may respond to many people. Thanks for your strength for your loved ones, gone but still here to love.

Translations from the English


Doris Marie Lawson Schwaner, 7/3/1939 – 11/8/2017

I wrote this for my mother a little over six years ago. She’d been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years. I heard her voice yesterday afternoon and she heard mine, thanks to my sister. 

Vanishing Tracks (II)

What is resilient in us is resistant to memory
When the memory goes she will be some other self
Still resilient to the sailing light and shadow
And hungers and exhaustions of love
Made maybe even more immediate

When the resilience goes what is that then

When the resistance goes what is that

Just outside her heart she hears a sound in the night
I am out there knocking on the dusty porch
I have brought a friend with me
When she opens the door will she see herself
Holding my hand?

Do you remember when the car door opened up
As you drove and I…

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November 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Science and Magic are Two Sides of the Same Coin

I thought some of my fellow writers would enjoy this post.

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Decaria

After much contemplation about writing magic systems, I’ve decided on a new writing philosophy. These guides work for me, but should in no way be considered “writing rules”.

  1. In fantasy, I’m going to treat my magic systems like a science
  2. In science fiction, I’m going to treat my “pushed” science like magic

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November 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

when we forget….

I have been following this poet for years. I feel we are friends although separated by 3000 miles and never met.
I wanted to share his recent poem, which I feel, hits close to the heart of what is wrong with this country today.

Read Between the Minds

a child
in the streets
of san juan
a father
an only son
flag draped
corporate profits
a woman’s
to death
by policies
of blind fear
are assassinated
to protect
seeking only
a better life
are torn
from freedom’s womb
broken promises
we forget
cannot become
when we abandon
made us
in the beginning

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September 27, 2017 at 3:16 am 1 comment

Creativity Without an Outline

I’ve often had discussions whether. This may help some writers on the fence.

A Writer's Path

by Leo Borgelin

Even though people have been creative for most of our existence, yet most creatives don’t have an idea of how the creative process actually works. Pretty ironic for someone who works so much inside the mind. Take this into regards to everyone who calls themselves creative. I think it’s neat and would like the field to grow as well, but with some better accuracy. So how does the creative process work?

You get rid of the outline. Your creativity should not have a structure, but rather an intended result. The whole point of taking the creative route is to bring something new and exciting to the table. So now you’re in open space with no structure and boundary. Like you’re lost in open space. “That’s great”, says the sarcastic person. “That’s great”, says the person who just awakens their imagination.

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September 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Throwback Thursday: 10 Tips for Editing Your Short Story

Most of us need all the help we can get. I hope this information is of benefit to you.

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Writer in Wedges

So you have written your short story and cannot wait to release it into the world. But before doing that, it is important to take some extra time to make sure your story is properly edited, despite the fact that editing is nowhere near as fun as writing.

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August 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Book Review: Damnation Alley, Roger Zelazny (1969)

I’m a science fiction writer and have been following this blog for some time now. In my mind, for science fiction lovers it needs more exposure.
The blog keeps alive the science fiction writers of the past, some well-known and some forgotten.
Give it a try.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1969 edition)

3/5 (Average)

As I read Roger Zelazny’s post-apocalyptical adventure Damnation Alley (1969), the relentless throbbing of Hawkwind’s 1977 song inspired by the novel along with cringeworthy lines of dialogue from the 1977 film version kept interjecting themselves into my reading experience.

First, a snippet from the song….

I’ve got the serum and I’m going to take it
All the way to Boston, oh I’ve got to get through
The going won’t be easy, but I’m going to make it
It’s the only thing that I’m cut out to do
Ride the post-atomic radioactive trash
The sky’s on fire from the nuclear flash
Driving through the burning hoop of doom,
In an eight wheeled anti-radiation tomb
Thank you Dr. Strangelove for going doolally,
and leaving me the heritage of Damnation Alley […].

Absent from Hawkwind’s interpretation that

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July 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

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