Review: Utter Fabrication

Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures is a collection of twenty-two light horror short stories published by Mad Scientist Journal. The stories run from flash to the upper end of short stories at 8000 words. Of the twenty-two authors twelve self-identify as women.

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Visual and Auditory Prompts: Extraordinary Inspiration

When facing the blank page, many authors resort to prompts to get both the creativity and words to flow. There are dozens of prompt books available such as Fred White’s The Daily Writer and Sexton Burke’s The Writer’s Lab: A place to experiment with fiction. But nothing helps a writer incarnate better than to experience a visual or auditory prompt.

If you have a favorite artist, do a Google image search and scan what comes up. What draws your eye? What story or character does the painting or pot or sculpture bring to mind? When inspired, free write. The point is not to write the next blockbuster, but rather to make writing fun again, to nurture the inner creative.

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Things We Love: bookriot’s list of 100 Women SF Authors

As the author Nikki Vanry states in the article, she is only listing one work from each author so this is a great resource for finding speculative fiction writers with whom you might not be familiar. I might quibble with the order or the representative work, but not the resource itself. Enjoy!

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What We Love: An essay by Dawn Xiana Moon

Kathy Kitts (Northern Illinois University) in the GSECARS research station at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, mounting a Genesis Probe sample (under the yellow plastic cover) prior to data taking. Image credit: Richard Fenner, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

Sometimes we see something so good out in the Interwebs, we have to share it too. Here is an essay by Dawn Xiana Moon on being the other, being a geek, and art as both refuge and resistance. Check it out over on Uncanny.

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Confronting The Tornadic Winds of Rejection: How To Keep The Faith

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Yep. It’s spring. Today it snowed, rained, cleared up and then hailed. I’m waiting for the dark of night so I can claim I’m a postman.

Spring is like that, a clash of two forces: Winter and summer. The metaphor reflects the hardships of writing as well: a winter of rejection versus the summer of a sale. Continue reading “Confronting The Tornadic Winds of Rejection: How To Keep The Faith”