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13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition. For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few steps of a magical journey. Show More Summary

Newswire: Brace yourself (for disappointment): George R.R. Martin’s Winds Of Winter is not coming soon

Fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series have at least another year to wait as the series’ publisher confirmed today that The Winds Of Winter won’t be released in 2015. “I have no information on likely delivery,” Jane...Show More Summary

This Week in Short Fiction: Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo

Probably more than anything else, sheer curiosity propels readers through [Silvina Ocampo's] stories.

Bestselling Author Karin Slaughter Speaks Out on Rape, the Police and Her New Book Cop Town (VIDEO)

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (Delacorte; $10 paperback) Acclaimed author Karin Slaughter has seen her 15 books sell more than 30 million copies around the world. Her latest -- Cop Town -- just came out in paperback after being named one of the best books of the year by Amazon and others. Show More Summary

Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Making Authors' Dreams Come True

It's become popular these days to badmouth Amazon, but I happen to love Amazon and their CEO, Jeff Bezos, in particular. They are what made it possible for me, a 59-year-old author/illustrator, to share her books with the world. After my children's picture book apps found an audience, I longed to see them in print. Show More Summary

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Scale, as any filmmaker will tell you, is all about the optics. And good storytelling, as any thriller-writer will tell you, is all about scale. Treating words like camera-lenses and arranging them in a specific sequence, plays directly with an audience's perception of size. Show More Summary

Meet Lean In's Big Sister -- She's All About 'Powership'

My first blog for Huffington Post was linked to the launch of Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In so it feels fitting to write a post about Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together, by Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas.Show More Summary

What's Satire Got to Do With It?

In the wake of the terrible Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, there have been many shows of solidarity with the slain cartoonists and their fellow staff members. There have also been some thoughtful retrospectives on that particular magazine's...Show More Summary

Panic at the Dictionary

In the early nineteen-sixties, a passel of newspapers and magazines mounted a cultural jihad against a dictionary. The book in question was Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, published by what was then the G. & C. Show More Summary

The Night We’re Not Sleeping In by Sean Bishop

Amanda Silberling reviews Sean Bishops The Night We're Not Sleeping In today in Rumpus Poetry.

Sexy Sex Stuff for the Ladies!

Any woman can! Love and sexual fulfillment for the single, widowed, divorced … and married Reuben 1971 Submitter: Here’s something to be a classic. Dr. Reuben wrote the classic Everything you always wanted to know about sex. Here, in Any woman can! he lets women know the secret to finding a man on page 242: milk [page included […]


In the original graphic novel HENNI, Manhattan-based writer/artist Miss Lasko Gross presents the adventures and trials of Henni, a rebellious and curious young woman who questions authority, challenges the ways of her strict religion and strikes out on her own in search of a better life. Show More Summary

The Real Christopher Robin Speaks Out

By Leslie Kendall Dye for Off the Shelf A.A. Milne wrote the first mommy blog. Nowadays all one needs to create a storybook vision of his child is an Instagram account and a smart phone. Before all of us were able to package our lives and wrap bows around them for public consumption, it required more artistry and effort. Show More Summary

A Fly on the Wall in the Last Days of Chivalry

Since my 'Anjou Trilogy' takes place at the French court in the first half of the 15th century, I thought I would try and describe what you might see, were you a fly on the wall. Despite continual small skirmishes between two opposing...Show More Summary

A Story About Second Chances: Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

Lauded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age, the Lost Generation...Phew recall that in the twilight of his life and career--when his wife Zelda wasShow More Summary

Librarians Love Clubbing

Book clubbing. You didn’t think…? Well, never mind that. I am not as well read as I’d like to be. That’s a public confession. I read a lot of poetry and short fiction. I am a slow reader. I am … Continue reading ?

Hufflepuff Pride ~ My Response to The Goblet of Fire

The Goblet of Fire brought us to and then past the halfway point of the Harry Potter Readalong Shelia at Book Journey is hosting. Reading this book was quite an experience for me. My feelings about the book and my desire to read it waxed and waned and then I couldn’t put it down to […]

Movie review: Wild

Wild is, hands down, for me, the best movie of 2014. It’s profound, filled with complex, interesting female characters, and two incredible performances that got well-deserved Academy Award nominations. Everyone knows that its true that...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Josh Weil

Writer Josh Weil talks about his novel, The Great Glass Sea, magical realism vs. science fiction, Russia’s experiments with mirrored satellites, his early days as an aspiring playwright, and how he uses fear as a fuel to accomplish his work.

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