The holidays are upon us, and whether we’re traveling to see family or enjoying some nice time at home, the upcoming weeks are an excellent time to write. For many of us, we have off from our day jobs during part of this time and that means more time for writing, and more time for …

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Getting Real

I used to write a lot of crime and horror fiction and the horror, especially, was pretty dark. While there were often supernatural elements involved, much of the horror was derived from human behavior. These were not cheery little stories. I placed a lot of these stories in anthologies—almost none of them offering pay—and then …

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Son Goku. Batman. Slade Wilson. Aragorn. Nightcrawler. Felix Harrowgate. If I were to assemble a team of my favorite fictional characters, I would have an army of men before me. Aliens, mutants, wizards, royalty, they are all male. As a feminist, I am ashamed that the characters who I identify with, across film, television, graphic …

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Spoilers! If you haven’t read and/or seen the Hunger Games trilogy you shouldn’t read this blog post – however if you are the sort of person who doesn’t mind some pretty major plot points being given away, then go ahead and read!   I saw the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, a couple …

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I have been lucky, frankly, to be a member of a special sort of book club. It’s small. It’s like-minded. It’s opinionated. And it’s fiercely intelligent. Its members care deeply and strongly about literature. Normally, the book clubs in which I engage often operate on the following schedule: 20 minutes of book talk (normally of a …

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Once upon a time, I was a huge fan of DC comics. I read anything and everything pertaining to Batman, Batgirl, Oracle, Robin, Black Canary, Zatanna, and a handful of other characters. Oddly enough, though, I had a very hard time connecting with Wonder Woman. Strange, considering that she is one of DC‘s few explicitly, openly polytheist characters …

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In the past, I’ve usually managed to read about fifty to sixty books each year, along with numerous short stories, poems, journal issues, and articles. Not a huge number compared to some folks, but respectable, I think, given that I like to give what I read its due attention. This year, it’s looking like I’ll …

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One of the nicest parts of living in the Information Age is well, the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. Though naysayers enjoy producing comics that show us all glued to our phones, ignoring conversation and refusing to absorb information due to having Wikipedia on standby, I personally think that’s a pretty dismal view of …

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I am a woman who submits. I submit to literary journals and contests. I submit to end the gender gap in publishing, especially in the realm of speculative fiction. If you are a female writer, become a woman who submits. It’s terrifying to put your work into unknown hands, but it’s worth it. You type …

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More often than not, when I tell people I am a poet, in those rare moments when I leave The Womb and actually interact with strangers, I am greeted with a polite smile, which is another way of saying, “I don’t read poetry and I have no idea why you would write it because nobody …

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