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Free LGBT Science Fiction Story

As a teen, it mattered to me, and still does, that I found books with people like me in them. Books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender variant characters gave me a sense of connection and affirmation that was rare growing up in a small town.

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Vampires for Adults

The release of my Madam Vampire: Shifters in Ripper’s London collection and reflections on vampires, Jack the Ripper and sex.

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Story Submission Mania: Rejection Meanings

This is another resurrected post about story submissions and rejections from when I expected this blog to be a success story about my fiction adventure. Last week I figured I’ll just tell the truth. This has been a bruising ride

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Crazy Hope & the Submission Numbers Game

Now that I’ve been winging out stories for months in this latest round of publish or perish, I’m in some ways more obsessed with numbers than ever, and in others, letting go of supposed signs that used to get my

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Originally posted on Joseph A. Pinto:
I could easily give you the statistics about pancreatic cancer. Face value, they’re pretty grim. For all stages of pancreatic cancer, the five-year survival rate falls between 5 and 6%. There is still no…

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Vignettes From the End of the World: Apocalypse by Apokrupha

Shrieks, excoriating agony, mind-shattering abasement, irredeemable loss, vaporization. Okay, curling up with 53 visions of the end of the world isn’t everyone’s idea of entertainment. Yet there’s something compelling about going head-on with anxiety and even outright terror. The need

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Gothic Horror Novel in Progress – Preview

Excerpt from Chapter 2 The carriage jolted along the rough lane. Fog covered the way, and the driver’s lantern turned the mist solid, gray as dirty linen. Branches struck at us before we could see them, scraping the carriage in

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Resurrection: Failsafes for Drafts and Manuscripts

Most writers have lost work one way or another. Physical manuscripts, computers, backup systems and many components of our tools are vulnerable to damage, theft and loss. Many, although not all, manuscript mishaps are preventable. I seem to have lost

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Coffee, Writing and Royalties

It’s possible that not all writers are caffeine addicts. Yet I suspect I’m not unusual in being able to tell you the best coffee venues by the cup and for whole beans in bulk within at least an hour’s radius

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First Blood in Microfiction: Specklit Acceptance

Maybe there’s magic in telling the truth. Today brought a new acceptance. My stories “The Unexpected Suitor” and “The Cabin Boy on the Widow’s Walk” will appear in Specklit: A World of Wonder in 100 Words. Alex F. Fayle edits

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