1. Heartbreak in Paris

    The world feels very different, depending upon who you are, and what you believe. For some, who believe in joy, and life, and happiness, this world is a gift, and our lives upon it are our contribution to the celebration of life. For others, who live in pain and desperation,…

    on Politics Terrorism

  2. The Dreaded Mary Sue: How Not To Write Like a Teenager

    What is a Mary Sue? When I started writing more seriously I heard this term bandied about, but did not know what it meant. Turns out it's one of those things that you probably recognize it when you see it, you just didn't know there was a term for it.…

    on Writing

  3. Flat Rowan

    What is this, you say? It's my son's beautiful and inspiring self-portrait, of a very flat Rowan. Also, possibly, your new travel buddy. The children will be creating their own flat people. These people will be able to travel around the United States or the world. They will arrive in…


  4. Waterfall

    WaterfallNature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work - Ralph Waldo Emerson I've been so in love with using a canvas brush so I came up with another scenery! Hope it ... Would that I could lay beside The swirling waters there Perchance I'd dream, perchance…

    on Writing Poetry

  5. Pundit

    This is how you're supposed to think. This is how you're supposed to think. Stop it, deviant, think right. You're wrong. This is how you're supposed to think.…

    on Writing Politics Poetry

  6. The Onyx Star Chronicles

    Yes, the cover is just a placeholder. I like the serial format of writing. I like knowing I have eyes on it every week, the sense of a deadline, and the realization I'm witing it for others motivates me to consider when writing what seems to be a fun read,…

    on Writing Science Fiction Onyx

  7. A New Chapter

    Iorneste and Selka by Zaina © 2015 Zaina In March of 2015 I began a writing experiment. I created a blog, posted the first chapter that had been sitting in Google Docs for months, and came up with a series of rules for myself. One chapter a week, no plotting,…

    on Writing Iorneste Editing

  8. Why You Should Create Your Own Book Cover

    I always told myself that I would make my first book cover myself. After all, I am a reader first and foremost, and I know what makes a good book cover. People pay so much money to artists to work hard on a book cover. Why bother? You have Photoshop…

    on Authors Tips Writing

  9. Blood in the Water

    Some people seem think: "Whatever you do, don't provoke the police officer. Otherwise it's your fault." Funny, I thought police were human beings, not sharks who smell blood in the water whenever you assert your rights. It does not matter what happens, what a police officer does, you will find…

    on police brutality authoritarians Politics Race

  10. Misinformation About the Confederacy Freeing Black Slaves

    Someone shared this on Facebook: Not only had I never heard this before, it seemed suspicious. Being something of a skeptic, I try to investigate all suspicious claims, because I don't want to be one of those people who shares misinformation as truth, nor do I want to rewrite history.…

    on Politics Race