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
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
October 23, 2013 | Guest Author
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
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