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Whose Passion For Black Rock City Inspired It, And Whose Last Name I Do Not Know by Johnny Eponymous Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Have you been to Burning Man? Content continues after advertisement My fears: the scents favored by those who dance for twelve hours straight on the playa to stay warm while listening to the freeze Nightdesert. I don’t shy from Daydesert’s heat, the stinging rash that makes an umbrella penicillin, nor …

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Say A Little Less, Mean a Little More

photo adapted / Horia Varlan Understatement. Sometimes, it’s just the thing. At certain points in your novel, in an effort to be explicit, you might be creating barriers of words that keep the reader from fully entering the story. They shouldn’t have to sift through the rubble of your exploded …

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Don’t Confuse the Map with the Journey

I’m writing on the same day that Don posted his wonderful piece on journeying cross-country with his family. (What Makes a Journey.) He described how much of the trip was enhanced by the people they met—something that can’t be predicted by AAA, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, or any other supplier …

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Your Pub Date is Not As Important as You Think

Today’s guest is author Tabitha Lord, whose debut novel Horizon won the 2016 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize Winner for Self-Published Fiction. A Pushcart nominee,Tabitha’s short story “Homecoming” was published in the anthology Sirens.  Her second novel, Infinity, the sequel to Horizon, released in June of 2017. Tabitha holds a degree …

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The Effect of Classic Treasures

Each year, in both adult and children’s fiction, tens of thousands of new books come out, and to keep up would tax the powers of even the most voracious reader. So why should we bother with the classics, books that first saw the light of day decades or even centuries …

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What Makes a Journey

Photo by Donald Maass Since late July, I’ve been on a road trip with my family.  Me, my wife, two kids and our dog.  We drove across the northern tier of States.  Fifteen of them.  From New York to Seattle, then on to Vancouver for a family visit.  As you …

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