Interview with Amy Robinson, Editor at Apparition Literary Magazine

This month in the Inspiration and Perspiration series, I caught up with Amy Robinson, editor of Apparition Literary Magazine. Amy is an incredible renaissance woman with a quirky and giving soul. She also speaks 20% in science fiction and B-horror movie references. So it's no wonder she's a kickass editor for a spec fic magazine! Read …

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Top 5 Audio-Drama Podcast Recommendations

About a year ago, I stumbled on my first audio-drama podcast, a fictional story told over a series of episodes and seasons. I occasionally cringed at some awkward voice-acting, but mostly, I was intrigued by this new experiment in story-telling. Or maybe more a return to a rather old way of storytelling. It was with …

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Interview with Sarah Buchanan, Author of “That Book I Wrote about Me”

After three ex-husbands, two successful novels, and one disastrous book she’d rather forget ever having written, Fiona Fields has hit a wall. Days once filled with critics gushing over her latest masterpiece have given way to endless hours spent lying on her living room floor in Lakeview Valley, the tiny North Carolina mountain town of …

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Be the Match: My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of Be the Match: My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor (Part 1). Click the link to start there!  If my bone marrow donation felt like being carried on the shoulders of a Red Cross phlebotomist team, imagine me accidentally kicking one of them in the face and the whole team crashed to …

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Be the Match: My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor (Part 1)

When I signed up for the bone marrow donation registry in my freshman year of college, I wish I could say I did so with the noble passion to save lives. The truth is, I started following a group of girls from my dorms before I knew where they were going, then felt I couldn't ditch out …

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“Quitting” Ain’t a Dirty Word

By day, I work with college students. Often, those are students who are in academic trouble. And every day, I ask questions like, "Why didn't you drop the class when you failed the midterm?" or "Why are you so determined to stick to a major that's making you flunk out of school?" The answer, inevitably, is, …

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Turning Interviews into Kids’ Books with Erica Swallow

This month in the Inspiration and Perspiration series, I tracked down Erica Swallow, co-creator of a non-fiction picture book stemming from Erica's real-life interview with kid entrepreneurs. I met Erica at the San Francisco Writer's Conference, where, in our first chat, she asked, "Is there anything I can do to help you with your project?" I was later …

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Petty Crime and Disco: An Ode to Mariah

I once had a neighbor named Mariah. I had just moved, leaving behind a city and my roommates. The first weekend in my apartment, I was missing the constant chatter that meant no TV episode could ever truly be watched, but was excited about this new, mature stage of my life. This was my big …

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