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A Visit from Papa H.

By Rob Wilstein
(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)


Twas the night before deadline, coffee shops all abuzz,

Grubbie creatures were writing, as most of us does.

Hi-test lattes were lined on the counters with care,

In hopes the muse Calliope soon would appear.


These scribes were ensconced, some off of their meds,

December 24, 2013 | Guest Author

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The Affordable Care Act and You: How Can Freelance Writers Benefit from Health Care Reform?

By Michael Cahill

Self-employed people such as freelance writers often lack the cushy benefits packages enjoyed by their salaried counterparts at traditional employers. This ends up translating into big monthly expenses that add up down the road. Thankfully, one of the biggest of those expenses, health insurance, looks to be becoming a bit easier to manage with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

October 31, 2013 | Guest Author

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Kate Asks Barb about the Grub Street Launch Lab

Originally posted on October 21, 2013 on Maine Crime Writers

Recently, Kate Flora asked Barb Ross about what she learned being a part of the Grub Street Launch Lab pilot. We thought you might like to listen in on their conversation.

October 23, 2013 | Guest Author

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Novel, Inc.: News from the Novel Incubator: Q5: Bring on ‘da Quiet

I once had a writing teacher who advised us to begin the first draft, not with writing, but sitting.  Specifically, we were to descend to the basement and sit cross-legged on the damp floor.  Preferably we would be wrapped in a sleeping bag.  The basement, as I understood it, because we were meant to draw on our deepest subconscious.  The sleeping bag, to protect our quivering writer egos.

October 10, 2013 | Guest Author

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Novel Inc, News from the Novel Incubator: I Do History

By Hesse Phillips

Hilary Mantel has called writing historical fiction “an obsession—a dangerous obsession.” Whenever I’m in the throes of writing a historical novel, I experience rare, luminous moments in which I’m dead certain that I’ve touched some sort of infinite and universal truth, one so immense that it could swallow me whole. Some people do drugs to get this feeling. I do history: not only do I write historical fiction, I also went and got my PhD in Drama, with a focus in Elizabethan theater

September 25, 2013 | Guest Author