Preppers is a three-part short story by Rebecca Zornow. Each part is a five-minute read. You can read part one here: Prepper in Demand // Short Story and part two here: Preppers Exposed // Short Story Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash The pile of trash grew bigger each week. Flimsy plastic wrappers and empty cardboard boxes blew with the … Continue reading Preppers Without // Short Story
Anthony Bourdain taught us as much about living whole as he did about cooking.
By Rebecca Zornow Photo Credit to Tim Marshall on Unsplash I met author David McGlynn at a coffee shop close to my alma mater, Lawrence University, where he’s a professor. In my mind, professors can’t stray too far from campus, it could be bad for their health, so I suggested a nearby place. I thought … Continue reading New Book by Appleton Author, David McGlynn
This rising genre confronts established ideas of what fiction can do.
This is part two of a three part story by Rebecca Zornow. You can read Part 1, Prepper in Demand, here. Photo credit to Alex Holyoake on Unsplash.com. The tang of vinegar lingered in Frederic’s mouth. The pickled asparagus and garlic cloves were tasty, but Frederic ate more pickled food recently then was used to and … Continue reading Preppers Exposed // Short Story
The thing about comedy is that it's a form of relief.
I ran as fast as I could through the streets. My little, annoying brother and his two friends just took my best friend hostage. The worst part was they wouldn’t even have to put her feet to the flames to get at the juicy secrets. They’d just open her pages. She was my high school … Continue reading Go ahead, read my diary, see if I care
A short fable about workplace duties carried out at all costs. Heated consequences to follow.
Prepper in Demand (Part 1) By Rebecca Zornow Photo by Denise Johnson on Unsplash The granola bars were expired. Well, that was a disappointment. Many of them were a raisin variety, and, because raisins have a high sugar make up, they would have turned into energy quickly as well as provide antioxidants. Some of the bars were more … Continue reading Prepper in Demand // Short Story
How to find valuable books at garage sales
By Samantha Amenn Rebecca is in Haiti and Nicole is writing. Please welcome our first guest blogger, Samantha Amenn. Sam is an avid reader and writer currently living in Illinois. She is currently writing a fantasy novel about a revolutionary fighting for his people’s freedom and against members within his own organization that are trying to sabotage … Continue reading Creating a Great Friendship Between Characters // Craft Talk // Guest Blogger
Fourteen books and what makes them irresistible.
In this short story for weird fiction readers, follow two teenagers desperate to leave the shoddy umbrella of their lottery-winning parents. They discover opportunity in an untested piece of corporate technology and bizarre little bugs with an appetite for amusement.
A short story for weird fiction readers that follows two teenagers desperate to leave the shoddy umbrella of their lottery-winning parents. They discover opportunity in an untested piece of corporate technology and bizarre little bugs with an appetite for amusement.
The Midnight Waddler By Rebecca Zornow Shirk shirk shirk. Kyle’s eyes snapped open as if the sound was the shrill cry of an eagle rather than tiny, frantic scratching. When he heard the noise the previous night, Kyle bolted over his wife out of bed and immediately got tangled in the damn pile of throw … Continue reading The Midnight Waddler // Short Story
Plotting at the Desk of Genre. By Nicole Van Den Eng Most of us, wandering through a bookstore, know what genre we prefer; we beeline it quickly to romance, mystery, or science fiction. But what about that other section—literary fiction? Those are just the normal books, aren’t they? It often feels that way, that those … Continue reading Plotting at the Desk of Genre
You know in Jurassic Park when Dr. Grant walks into his dig site trailer to find Hammond’s already made himself at home and it was his helicopter that threatened to rebury the dinosaur skeleton? That’s the Catalyst. Once Grant and Hammond meet, there’s no going back. Only onward to the island of dinos and dangers. In Aladdin, … Continue reading Build a Dynamic Plot Using a Beat Sheet
Depth of Character, by Nicole Van Den Eng. Writing is multi-faceted and intensive and takes a lifetime to cultivate. It’s difficult and is a continuously evolving learning process. Most of us write because we are driven to; the end result drives us to learn the details and the how-to. Pursuing improvement, I'm constantly trying to … Continue reading Depth of Character
Story by Rebecca Zornow Photo Credit to Nolan Issac on Unsplash I hope you enjoyed the first installment of The Manors last month. Part 2, the final piece of this story, is posted down below. Before you start reading, I want to congratulate Adriana M. from Wisconsin on winning the signed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective … Continue reading The Manors, Part 2
By Rebecca Zornow In a different life, I lived at a rural school with the birds and the honey badgers. I spent my days operating a library and teaching art to students who had never reached beyond doodling before. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Swaziland. I was incredibly passionate about … Continue reading In A Different Life + Signed Book Giveaway
CANINE REPENTANCE By Nicole Van Den Eng I opened the front door because something was scratching at it. The sensor light on my porch flicked on. I opened my door to the twilight. Over my front lawn, across a lonely country road, the distance was quiet. My brow creased. Something brushed over my calves. I … Continue reading Canine Repentance
Books are a means of escapism, but also of change in our society.
It was a Sunday afternoon in deep summer and Minnie just finished describing how she French kissed Benjamin last Friday night, a boy we’ve both known since second grade. I thought about what she said for a moment, then asked, “Don’t you remember the time Benjamin superglued Mrs. Harmon’s stapler to the bottom of her … Continue reading The Manors, Part 1
The writer sat at his mahogany desk, smoking a cigar. The house was quiet. Outside the large bay window the sun was shining, but our writer didn’t think twice about going outside. “Hmm…” he thought. “I had better fix that plot hole today. And kill off….Estella! The cook’s lover who took her love of gossip … Continue reading The Write Life: Word Counts and Work Places
The foundation of poetry is recognizing the power of words. ‘Storm’ is a good example. And we put powerful words together to illustrate messages: ‘a storm opened up and drowned the city.’ Those are words with heavy meaning, figurative or not. But still, poetry is word play. There’s not an official way a poem must … Continue reading Wintertide and Eve