When I daydreamed as a child – I imagined myself as a skater wearing fanciful sequined skirts with colored laces. I would be the best ice skater there was. During the 4th grade, I told my mother that I wanted to cut my long hair – to be like Dorothy – Dorothy Hamill. “You know, …

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Shirley Jackson, a short story author, died at an early age of 45. We celebrate her birthday this month with a tribute to her achievement in writing stories that deal with abnormal psychology and levels of horror. I love her take on life and on the craft of writing. She wrote, “I can’t persuade myself …

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Shopping online is one of my favorite pastimes – I love things unique and different.  Here are several items I think that are especially cool.  I’d love to see what you’ve found. YOU’VE CREATED A MONSTER!  The power to create your own little monster. http://www.philosophersguild.com/Youve-Created-a-Monster.html BANNED BOOK MUG – boldly displayed.   http://www.philosophersguild.com/Banned-Book-Mug.html COMIC BOOK NOTEBOOK – Pocket-sized …

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Sometime it’s hard to finish a book especially one that grabs you picking a new one to read has its worries. What if that new one sucks? What if it’s so bad… argh – it drives me crazy. I have book piles aligning my stairs, they’re stacked by genres. Whenever it times to choose a new …

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Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright by Tam Francis Tam Francis writes “vintage romantic fiction” – a collector of anything vintage including patterns, clothing, swing dancing, cooking, sewing, and antiques. “She has published, contributed to and been Editor-in-chief for two indie magazines – From the Ashes (Arts & Literature in the Greater Phoenix area 1990-1994) …

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National Short Story Week starts November 17th to the 23rd in the UK with an aim to promote short stories, both the stories and the authors. In honor of the short story, I’m printing the classic Shirley Jackson’s, The Lottery in duplicate and leaving anonymous copies on my fellow cohorts work desks with glorious post-it notes exhorting the …

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By my front door, hangs this quote by Michelangelo, “I am still learning”.  I learn by reading and some of the best reads are speculative books – speculative fiction by female authors. I’m also a creator of lists and my most recent list is a collection of last lines from speculative fiction.  I think authors …

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I was reflecting back on speculative fiction and women author’s in particular and discovered Joanna Russ’s story of When it Changed, a winner of the 1972 Nebula Award for the Best Short Story. At the time of it’s writing not many women were writing speculative fiction and the treatment of women characters within science fiction …

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Courtesy of Ryan McArthur entitled Books I like to think that everyone has piles of books – so many books piled high that they begin to slope slightly to the right with the top one that titter slightly whenever you walk by and sometimes at night you here one of those piles crash to the …

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Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 94, July 2014 I’m still on the folktale mythical search of short stories and came upon The Contemporary Foxwife by Yoon Ha Lee a few weeks ago. Yoon Ha Lee is a Korean American who grew up in Houston, Texas and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s written over 40 short stories, …

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