Category: Guest Blog

WRITE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. Seriously. by Gillespie Lamb

What is a “serious” novel? Some writers need to know so they can be seen doing “serious” work. My advice: Don’t think in such terms. Tell a story honestly and well and the coveted “serious” appellation may well find its way to your book.

Interview with Lynette Bacon-Nguyen

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I didn’t realize I wanted to be a writer, I just started writing things. I have a heavy background in roleplaying games both tabletop and text base, and I consumed a ton of media… Continue Reading “Interview with Lynette Bacon-Nguyen”

Two Memories Are Better Than One: The unique experience of writing a memoir with my husband

In our book The Backpack Years, my husband James and I wrote two parallel, intertwining memoirs. After hearing about our project, many people jokingly ask if we are still married. Yes, we are still married, and it was an amazing experience. The process of… Continue Reading “Two Memories Are Better Than One: The unique experience of writing a memoir with my husband”

My Book by Sherri Moshman-Paganos

In Step Lively: New York City Tales of Love and Change, I wanted to paint a picture of New York City back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, a time still so engraved in my memory. Against the backdrop of Manhattan, a young… Continue Reading “My Book by Sherri Moshman-Paganos”

Go Deep By Cathryn Vogeley

“I can’t publish a book. I’m not a real writer,” I said to my peers when they pushed me to publish. I discovered a passion for writing after retiring from four decades of nursing. Classes for beginners such as Bones of Storytelling with details… Continue Reading “Go Deep By Cathryn Vogeley”

I Write to Right my Mind By Eleanor Amicucci

All art forms are for two: the audience, and the artist. As the artist, one seeks to create something that will move the audience, teach them, humor them, or simply make them think about a topic in a new way. At the same time… Continue Reading “I Write to Right my Mind By Eleanor Amicucci”

Balancing business and family in Allison Pearson’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It” and Iris Novak’s “An Independent Woman in Yugoslavia”

Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It and Iris Novak’s An Independent Woman in Yugoslavia were written in two different countries and describe different times: the first speaks about the U.K. in the 21st century and the second about the ex- Yugoslavia… Continue Reading “Balancing business and family in Allison Pearson’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It” and Iris Novak’s “An Independent Woman in Yugoslavia””

How did The Short Story Collective come about? by Andrew Innes

The greatest trick the writer ever pulled off was to convince the reader that the worlds and images painted within the mind through the written word are real. Perhaps the second greatest trick was to convince them that this all came about through some… Continue Reading “How did The Short Story Collective come about? by Andrew Innes”

THE PATHS OF GLORY by Mary M. Schmidt

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r,          And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, Awaits alike th’ inevitable hour.          The paths of glory lead but to the grave.                               …Thomas Gray    November 22, 1963:  I was all of 17, a… Continue Reading “THE PATHS OF GLORY by Mary M. Schmidt”