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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.
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
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
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
That's a picture of my bookshelf there, in my office. One of my bookshelves anyway. Why are those stacks of paper and ink so amazing? If you know me, you know I’m nuts about books. Seriously. If it were something unhealthy people would be concerned, but in this case, it’s a good addiction. I adore … Continue reading The Fuel Behind the Passion
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