Writer Gripe: Standard Manuscript Formatting

If you’re a writer and have submitted pieces to publishers, you have undoubtedly come across “standard manuscript formatting.” (SMF for simplicity) This may seem like a minor gripe, but SMF seems wildly antiquated. Sure 12-point font, and New Times Roman font I can get behind. But double spaced? Really? This is the day and age... Continue Reading →

Simultaneous Submissions

I’ve written a little about my adventures so far in flash fiction.  I’ve been doing this for less than a year, meaning I’m still getting my toes wet, but over the last several months I learned a lot. The sad truth is writing flash fiction and short stories for literary journals typically won’t result in... Continue Reading →

My Flash Fiction Journey

Since summer of 2019 I started to delve into the world of writing and submitting flash fiction.  For those who don’t know flash fiction is a short story generally no longer than 1000 words.  Each publisher defines the term differently, some places take up to 1500 words while others limit submissions to 500. Flash is... Continue Reading →

Where Have I Been?

For my followers, both old and new, it may seem like I have abandoned this blog.  To be honest I have toyed with that idea.  A part of me has grown weary of the blogging sphere.  Posts are often inundated with fake “likes” and “follows by people in a thinly veiled attempt to drive me... Continue Reading →

Hurting People Part 2

In my last entry, I discussed victimhood and the culture growing around that.  Pain is a shared experience, it is one of the things that all humans everywhere face.  Most wish to avoid it, however more and more American culture appears to be embracing it, placing people into categories based on historical and emotional pain... Continue Reading →

Hurting People

I’ve said before that a big part of writing is observing the behavior of people.  This observation enables authors to be guided toward more realistic characters.  One observation that has become very apparent in recent years is hurt.  So many people appear to be defined by the past and the pain that was inflicted upon... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: Hoia-Baciu Forest

Happy Halloween everyone!  I couldn't let the day pass without another installment of "The Unexplained." You heard the mysterious tales but being a hardened skeptic yourself you ignore the warning and venture into Hoia-Baciu Forest at night.  At first all you see are trees and starlight.  These beautiful, yet mundane sights reassure your skepticism as... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: The Southend Werewolf

In England 1952, a playful nine-year-old boy is enjoying the outdoors when suddenly an icy chill grips him despite the warm summer day.  He feels an odd sensation come over him, claiming his skin was so cold that the sweat froze.  Accompanying the frigid air was a foul vomit-inducing stench.  The boy, whose name is... Continue Reading →

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