My Manga Madness!

I found these well-preserved drawings (comics in larval form from my early teen years). As a kid I loved manga and anime. I still do. The End!

Riding the Rejection Roller Coaster – guest blog post by Daniella Levy

“Here’s the thing.
Human beings need hope.
We can’t live without it.”
Thank you for writing this, Daniella and thank you Trish for reposting it. 🙂

Trish Hopkinson

dl2I used to be terrified of hope.

Well, I was actually terrified of disappointment. But I saw hope as a seductive and deceptive force that enticed me to climb higher, making the inevitable fall hurt that much more.

I started writing novels when I was twelve years old, and have been searching for an agent since I was fifteen. After five years, a few “almosts” and a whole lot of rejections, I took a break from writing fiction and querying agents. Around six years later, my next novel smacked me upside the head and forced me to write it. (I really have no other way to put it.) And when it was done, and I finished revising it, I decided I was going to try this querying thing again. But this time I wouldn’t make the same mistakes I made as a teen. “No expectations,” I told myself firmly. When…

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Some things to understand about submitting short stories

John P. Murphy

There’s been a rash of mischief, or discussion of mischief, around short fiction submissions lately, and I find myself repeatedly saying the same things in different venues. For the sake of convenience, addressed to you, new writer, here is all my blather in one place.

The first thing to understand is the role a short fiction writer plays in the marketplace for short fiction, which is different from what many new writers think. Writers tend to be oriented around “I want my story out there in front of readers” and naturally think that because markets are a means to that end, that must be their purpose. From that line of thinking, markets provide a service to writers at best, or act as gatekeepers at worst. This is a fundamental misunderstanding.

A short fiction market – which could be a paper or digital magazine, an anthology, a podcast, even someone’s blog…

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Creativity, Covid-19, and Closure

Hello, fabulous people on a Friday! I don't know where to begin, so let's start with some good news! I'm currently reading Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. I will be writing a review and most likely publishing it as a video on YouTube (#BookTube) provided that I am successful … Continue reading Creativity, Covid-19, and Closure

Sarah Cooper Jokes about [her] Jamaican Heritage

My proud Caribbean bias is showing . . . and that’s okay. 😉

Repeating Islands

cooperThe full title of this article by Abbey White (Hollywood Reporter) is “TikTok Star Sarah Cooper Jokes about Jamaican Heritage as She Guest Hosts ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’” Not only did Jamaican-born comedian Sarah Cooper host Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but now she will also have her own Netflix comedy special, entitled “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” according to Greg Braxton (Los Angeles Times). Here are excerpts from White’s article:

TikTok superstar and famed Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper pivoted from the phone screen to the TV screen on Tuesday night, introducing her viral comedy — and self — to even more of America as part of her guest-hosting duties on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“If you don’t know who I am, that’s OK. I don’t know who you are either, so we’re even,” Cooper quipped.

In a more than seven-minute monologue, the writer and stand-up comedian balanced her trademark political…

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