The desire to write gnawed at me for years. My closest friend was writing a book about her life in India, and I was inspired by her persistence and enthusiasm. She encouraged me to put pen to paper and begin!
I was halfway through my novel, following my character descriptions and intricate outline to a T, when I realized I had the wrong hero.
The coronavirus pandemic didn’t cause the problem, but it’s forced us to the reality that our health care system is failing and crying out for reform. Die-hard conservatives have dug in their heels to resist any changes, but how long can they persist in… Continue Reading ““The American Healthcare Mess” by Gilbert Simon”
An excerpt from South Africa Diaries by James King Shattered dreams When I heard the news, on 11th November 1965, that Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) had declared UDI (unilateral declaration of independence) I was devastated. I had just been selected to represent the combined British… Continue Reading “Why it took 25 years to get to South Africa by James King”
Why would anyone want to put in print some of the most embarrassing moments of their lives? Why bare your soul, sharing your secrets for anyone to see?
Many fantastic fantasy novels have been created by one author, Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide is the first to be created by 40 co-authors. The idea for such a significant and ambitious project was realized on ForgeFiction, a platform dedicated to collaborative writing.… Continue Reading “Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide, a Fantasy Novel Created by Over 40 Co-authors”
OK, let’s get it out there. Research for a novel can be a chore. Those heavy reference books, that dry-as-dust internet browsing, that trawling through ancient cuttings, they’re just not me. I write comedy, you see. For years, I was a BBC TV and… Continue Reading “Research can be fun! by Sue Clark”
What do crystal balls, funeral parlors, haunted houses, and tarot cards have in common? The classic imagery we associate with these things comes to us courtesy of the Victorians. The people of that era were fascinated with the occult. Victorians threw Halloween parties at… Continue Reading “Victorian Divination and Tales of Horror by Jon O’Bergh”
Autistic Fantasy? What’s that? Is that a thing? I didn’t know it existed! Well, that’s because I just invented it. Allow me to explain. Awhile back, I read a journal article entitled “Diagnosing Fantastic Autism: Kafka, Borges, Robbe-Grillet” (Olsen, 1986). It was extremely interesting.… Continue Reading “Autistic Fantasy – A New Literary Genre by Cameron Straughan”