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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Mistakes, Missing Links, and Other Wonderful Problems

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on September 18, 2014 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Oops! 

 

I was carving a linoleum block at a summer art class. Everything was going great, but suddenly the knife slipped and I made a mistake. An unfixable mistake.

 

Ugh! Now the whole thing was ruined! 

 

Then my instructor hurried over with some words of wisdom-- words I’ve turned to again and again in my writing life. 

 

The mistake, the problem, doesn’t ruin the work of art, she said. In fact, addressing the problem is what art is all about. The problem is the art.

 

At the beginning of the project that became my book, We Are Here, I interviewed my uncle Will about his experiences in a Lithuanian ghetto during the Holocaust years. When my…

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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Genre

Posted by Evette Davis on September 17, 2014 at 8:00am 11 Comments

Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous behavior. 

How would you describe that book to a friend? Is it a paranormal romance? An urban fantasy? Vampire romance? Or would you call it plain old fiction or literature? The answer, it turns out, is it depends . . .

As writers, genres matter. They’re meant to serve as guideposts to help readers find us. For books that are traditionally published, …

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[The Art of Submission] What We Can Control

Posted by Emily Lackey on September 17, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list accumulate. I entered my submissions on Duotrope. And for a minute I felt proud. For a minute I felt like I used to feel when I would go back-to-school shopping and would line all of my items up on my bed when I got home: shorts, t-shirts, folders, and crayons.

 

It felt like possibility. It felt like hope.

 

And then I spent the rest of the weekend obsessing over my submissions. It’s like going back to school, too, in that…

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"Myself" Is Not a Substitute for "I"

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.

This is a correct usage of "myself"

Following are some common examples of how I hear "myself" used incorrectly:

 

WHAT THEY SAY:

  • He met with George and myself (INCORRECT)
  • George, Harry and myself went to the movies (INCORRECT)
  • You can give the form to Susan or myself (INCORRECT)

 

WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:

  • He met with George and me (CORRECT)
  • George, Harry and I…
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Ali Maier’s Award-Winning Children’s Book Captures the Essence of Sibling Relationships

September 19, 2014 (CLEVELAND, OH) – Ali Maier’s new children’s book Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer inspires kids to read and journal and highlights the importance of sibling relationships. The title just received the 2014 International Book Awards recognition as the winner in Children’s Fiction…

Two Book Giveaways this week: An Inspirational Romance and a Cozy Romantic Mystery!

Two Book Giveaways this week: An Inspirational Romance and a Cozy Romantic Mystery!

 

1. Book Giveaway and Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Regina Andrews

 

Book Giveaway Sept 19 – 25: Win an Inspirational Romance, The Perfect Proposal. FREE EBOOK TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTS! What’s the catch? We would appreciate a simple review and spread the word. That’s it. Just leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail.

 

THE…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

In the spotlights: 'Six Drawing Lessons' from William Kentridge, 'Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names', knitted glass by Carol Milne, and glass human figures by Eric Franklin.

The roundup is devoted to Washington, D.C.-area exhibitions, including shows at Goethe Institut (wood- and paper-cuts by Franca Bartolomani), Art Museum of the Americas (photography of Natalia Arias), Sackler Gallery (Chiharu Shiota's installation of…

FoodFic Look at "Noggin"

Noggin starts with Travis Coates waking up. Not from something as simple as a nap, nor as extensive as a coma; Travis has been cryogenically frozen for 5 years. More specifically, his head has been on ice all that time, waiting for a donor body (and medical advances) to…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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