GUEST BLOG – Jennifer Macaire on the U.S. Confederate Flag

Jennifer Macaire

I hear that the confederate flag is for rebels, and for people who want to protest against the power of the government.

Without a doubt, this is the biggest lie the racists rely on to justify their attachment to the confederate Flag. It is easy to twist history—it’s in the past. As time goes by there are fewer people who were around ‘back then’ to set the record straight, and with the glut of information on the internet, it is easy to cherry pick one’s ideas from the whole picture to create one’s comfortable reality. But the reality is not comfortable, and the confederate flag is not just a hokey symbol for rebels at heart. The Civil war was, and always will be about slavery. The only reason many in the North even fought was for their ideals. The Northern army was the first army to fight for an idea—the…

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GUEST BLOG – Reggie Lutz on Rites of Passage for Writers

Reggie Lutz

So, there are a lot of things that writers go through that are shared with anyone working at other professions that kind of suck, and then there are the things that for writers feel like the end of the known universe.

Last week, I was catching up with Devon Miller, who just moved to the other coast, and she experienced the dreaded LOST BOX OF MANUSCRIPTS.

I’ve done that. Lost whole manuscripts. Once to a computer meltdown, once to wind. Yep. That scene from Wonderboys where the main character watches thousands of pages ride the wind into Pittsburgh’s three rivers? That happened to me. Except it was a much shorter piece, it was not in a major PA city, and there were no rivers. I was later able to reconstruct the story. The second version was probably better. (That particular piece was the novella, Fork You, which appears in Panverse One as well…

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The Evening Muse 1 | 24-Hour Local Public Libraries

This is a concept that should exist in the 21st century.  Like many self-respecting writers, I have  a home office/study (and naturally mine doubles as a mancave/manscape when necessary since I live with multiple double-X chromosome carriers).  However, that Chamber of Peace and Solitude – y’know, the kind a writer requires – is on the … Continue reading The Evening Muse 1 | 24-Hour Local Public Libraries

Make Them Pay

~ written 11/22/2010 ~ Just before dusk the man took a break from his work in the basement. He was not hungry, or more specifically, he had no appetite. Instead he opted for a cold beverage from the refrigerator in the kitchen to quench his thirst. Only when he popped the cap off the bottle … Continue reading Make Them Pay