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Olivia Do

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I’d like to share a writing opportunity with everyone. I had a great experience at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a six-week program for writers of #fantasy, #sciencefiction, and #horror.  I highly recommend it.  It's one of the top programs in the world for writers of the fantastic with bestselling and award-winning teachers.  It's very intensive and you'll make incredible progress.  Application deadline April 8.  http://www.sff.net/odyssey/workshop.html #amwriting #writing #amwritingfantasy #amwritingsf #amwritinghorror #writetip
Odyssey is an annual six-week summer writing workshop directed by Jeanne Cavelos at Saint Anselm College for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
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Kenny Chaffin

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Bearded Squirrel
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Kenny A. Chaffin
All Rights Reserved © 2014 Kenny A. Chaffin


            Seven years from now a bearded squirrel looking like Rasputin glares at me from atop a fence post along the canal. Yes, the same canal I walk along now. He scolds me saying, ‘Why are you here? What have you done, it’s been seven years?’ I just look at him and shake my head because I too can see the past and say, ‘You think it’s easy? You up on your high post from your future vantage point?’ I spit on the grass in front of the post to make my point. I know as well as him what the future holds and am content with it, for I will have looked back on it that seven years ago and I tell him, ‘The world will know of you!’ I turn and walk into the future.

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Prosthetic Amalgams - Kindle edition by Kenny A. Chaffin. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Prosthetic Amalgams.
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Kenny Chaffin

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Pilar
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I, an old man cast my line into the sea hoping for marlin, hoping for the best, but distracted even in this adventure by the presence beside me and those who came before. Those that died and those that wonder if death is hard. Those killed in the Spanish War and those who passed in the back of his ambulance. The bulls in the afternoon, the elephants of course and that poor, poor soul on Kilimanjaro. Death is pretty easy, but it all depends. I fight and fight until finally he helps me lash the small fish to the boat.



Kenny A. Chaffin – 1/30/2015

Prosthetic Amalgams at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TVLFTVE
Prosthetic Amalgams - Kindle edition by Kenny A. Chaffin. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Prosthetic Amalgams.
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Kenny Chaffin

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Hey all! I'm a lifelong lover of reading and fiction. Have been writing fiction and non-fiction since the late 80's when one of my first published pieces was a flash fiction called 'Spinning.'  I've written just about everything from science and technical articles to novels, but mostly poetry in the recent years which brought me round to flash again via reading and study of Creative Nonfiction Flash Nonfiction, Prose Poetry and back to Flash Fiction. 

In this process over the past couple of years I've come to the conclusion that there is only minor differences in these forms. Poetry (traditional or prose) may or may not be 'real' -- the old poetic license thing and I've seen quite a few pieces published as both prose poetry (or just poetry) and flash. These may be fiction or nonfiction, it is not always clear. 

What's your take on these forms and their relationship/overlap?
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Discuss: Does an author's bio information at all influence how you judge or respond to his/her story?

(E.g., are you kinder or more generous to someone who presents as a newer/inexperienced/possibly young writer? Are you more critical if the bio comes across as pretentious or mentions awards or an MFA?)
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I know they're probably accomplished if they have an MFA.  I like read about authors from all walks of life.  I don't have an MFA, but I like to write.  I would not want to just read about writers who have MFA's.  My favorite bios are those who say offbeat things and show a certain down-to-earth quality.  Writing snobs would be such a bore.
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Being new to the literary community, I have self published three books one is at the publisher as we speak. It's a trilogy called The Voices in My Head. My books are fiction and seem to be getting great reviews. I was wondering if I should be looking for a literary agent to represent me. I'm currently working on my 4th book and will be needing a new publisher. 
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A bit of fun for writers on a Monday night...
How do you see the literary world? How do you interact with other writers? What's important to you? ... Answer these nine questions as honestly as you can to see where you fit in. There are six kinds of writer — which one are you?
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"Discussion topic" = a link to something that isn't your own work and/or a conversation topic that doesn't involve buying or reading something you created.

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A great article for both writers (who may share many of the issues mentioned) and readers (who may be interested to know what writers go through). I know I'm going to read this one many times over.
That I'll only end up drowning in the sea of online voices. That no one cares. That I'm not interesting enough, attractive enough, young enough, clever enough, or technically adroit enough to catch...
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J.L. Herrera

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promoting my #shortstory  The Wipe
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A Google+ community for readers, authors, commenters, friends and fans of Every Day Fiction magazine — fine fiction in bite-sized doses: a new short story of 1000 words or less every day of the year, free to read online at www.everydayfiction.com. All house rules from EDF apply — please keep it respectful and courteous, thanks! This is primarily a place for discussion and community engagement, so please try to start at least one Discussion topic for every Promote your Stuff item you share.

Olivia Do

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Odyssey Writing Workshops has done so much to help improve my own writing, so I wanted to share this news with everyone. Odyssey is offering some winter classes on great topics like plotting, POV, or what to do once you've finished your novel draft. Just message me or check out the website if you'd like to find out more about the classes offered this year. 

Check out this winter's online classes from the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. Instructors include Jeanne Cavelos, Barbara Ashford, and David B. Coe. Deadlines to apply in early December! ‪#‎amwriting‬ ‪#‎writing‬

Best part: You can do this from the comfort of your own home! :)
Since its inception in 1996, the Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most highly respected programs for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the world. Through an advanced curriculum, intensive focus, directed study, and detailed feedback, students gain a much deeper ...
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James Rawbone

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THE CHALLENGE: £500 in 6 months
THE AIM: to give hope to the children of Pakistan

In July 2014 Al Jazeera reported that in Pakistan an estimated 2 million children work for 14 hours a day, six days a week in brick kilns, Sadly this is the only future most of them will have; bleak and back breaking work making bricks.

Working with Starfish Asia, a Christian charity, I have set a target of raising £500 by the 1st September 2015 by selling 250 copies of my novel ‘The Bunker’. This would fund school places for 10 children for a year and give them the future that so few of their peers can have. Every penny (or cent) I make from the sales of ‘The Bunker’, reviewed as the lovechild of Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell, will go straight to Starfish Asia, so please help these children by visiting http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006XW9OMO

For updates about how the challenge is progressing please go to www.markbarham.wordpress.com. For more information on Starfish Asia please go to www.starfishasia.com.

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Robin Leigh Morgan

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Pease feel free to share this – THANKS
You’re invited to check out the recent 5 STAR review by second book “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” has received on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/review/REAX01CS6VE0V
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The Voices in My Head. Sean Bowers is haunted by the voices in his head. He struggles to keep a grip on reality, but the voices threaten his sanity. They also challenge the law, pressuring Sean to do terrible, evil things he can't even consider. The voices continue, and he eventually loses the ...
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Commenters on today's story ("Conditioned Surrender" by Chris Sharp) are talking about the perils of apparent "first drafts" released for publication, among other things.

Now, leaving aside the dubiousness of guessing about an author's skill level or motivation (one person's sloppy first draft might be another person's painstaking best effort), this brings to mind what is always a knife-edged dilemma for us as editors: since we lose about 50% of stories where we request a revision (the author either withdraws the story or simply doesn't respond at all), should a nearly-there story be accepted with suggestions (that may not be taken) or sent back with a revision request (in which case we might lose it altogether)?

Given our hungry daily calendar and the ever-present risk of not having enough decent stories to build the next month's calendar when the end of the month rolls around, what would you do if you were an EDF editor? (And those of you who are EDF editors, feel free to share your perspectives too.)
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Joshua hampel

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My fantasy book a work in progress. Any suggestions for a place to find free / generic sci-fi / fantasy pictures to add to my chapters to spice it up a bit? Also, any suggestions of other sci-fi / fantasy blogs I should check out? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
“We are very happy you are safe!”             Leroy, holding his daughter, looked at the shadow and the fairy when the sky which was a soft white color began to brighten. Leroy squinted to still see his surroundings, but i...
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Hey Joshua,

Hit me up at my blog/FB fan page and I can run through some options for you, you can check out my artwork, and I can show you how I got what is pretty  much A-grade work for a pittance.

Also, just the thing for all you fantasy/sci-fi writers: my fantasy novel/concept is due out end August. In conjunction with the publication, we're running a contest to find and promote new writing talent. FREE to enter, CASH prizes, get published, earn royalties. The theme you'll love: "fear isn't ONLY in the mind."  What if your darkest fears were made real? What form would they take? What would they say to you? Would you listen? What would you say to them? Get over to my site http://thefantasynovelist.wordpress.com/
and register and be the first to get the full scoop! Prose/poetry accepted. Be fun!
 
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Unfortuntely, our site seems to be down this morning. We're working on it, and apologies for the inconvenience.
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Here's an interesting article over at Flash Fiction Chronicles about how authors can properly optimize their websites. But how important are author websites to readers?

Do you as a reader ever find new authors directly via their websites?

If you come across an interesting author somewhere (say, a recommendation from a friend), do you Google the name before deciding whether to read him/her?
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