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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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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Online Resource Guide for Aspiring Authors

This past week I spent four amazing days at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Everywhere, groups tucked into corners between panels to help each other get ready for the great and scary pitch sessions. Someone mentioned feeling intimidated to come to their first conference, ready for battle in the Hunger Games of aspiring authors. Instead, they found themselves wrapped …

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Why I Write for Kids and Teens

Sometimes, when I tell people that I write for kids and teens, they respond with something along the lines of, "Oh that sounds fun! Do you think one day you'll be good enough/serious enough to write for adults?" I then launch in to all the reasons I love writing for young people. The challenge of …

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Where do ideas come from?

“Where do you get your ideas?” I’ve noticed that fiction writers tend to answer this question in a tone I’ll call…cutsey sarcastic. “A unicorn brings them to me every full moon.” Cool, cool. The wisdoms of the masters—always super helpful… Don’t get me wrong, I get it. It’s a weird question for fiction writers to …

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Create the World You Want to See

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past couple weeks about the subtitle I chose for this blog. Why not, "Story time!" or "Who brought the marshmallows?" or "Why to be careful checking out a stack of books about witchcraft because a student might think you're trying to summon the devil"? (Another story for another time.) See, …

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“If you are a dreamer, come in…” -Shel Silverstein

I am a risk-taker. In college, when there wasn’t a book club on campus, I signed the papers to create one. When I couldn’t afford to join an amazing-looking writers retreat, I gathered together a group of local creatives and planned one from scratch. In my job as an academic advisor, when a panel of …

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