Ways to Jumpstart your Creativity By: Anne Marie Lutz It’s not uncommon for writers to have ups and downs in their level of creativity. Maybe you can’t come up with any good story ideas. Maybe you feel like your work-in-progress is missing something essential, and you can’t decide where to go from there. Maybe you’re in a place where you can’t start that next story at all. This has happened to me — sort of a lot! Usually, for me it means there’s something wrong in my story that I haven’t identified yet. My subconscious mind knows...Read More
Month: August 2019
When Angels Fly By: S. Jackson and A. Raymond There is no doubt that life is full of trials and hardships. Throughout their existence, each individual will face their own obstacles and troubles. Nobody is immune to this as it is a natural and unfortunate part of life. Nevertheless, the degree of suffering- and how they react to it- will vary from person to person. They may give up completely on life and waste away… or in some cases do the complete opposite. Rising above their struggles to embrace the good they can find. This is certainly not an...Read More
Writing an Effective Short Story By: Paul Blake A short story can be a wondrous thing. The paucity of words allows the writer to focus on the story, rather than on the nuts and bolts of world-building, character development, and backstory vital in longer work. A short story is usually centred around, or focused towards a single event, concept, or message, whereas a novel has subplots, minor character arcs, etc. For a writer, a short story allows for experimentation in voice, perspective, genre. This experimentation can be very freeing and productive in letting the creative brain play. An...Read More
Suburban Gangsters By: Michael Dineen Many a poor soul has been led down the tangled path to riches and glory. A temptation which is just too hard to resist. This is often due to the unbearable nature of their own life, and the illusion of easy wealth which may lie just around the corner. They will choose to abandon all they once knew to secure a better position in life, and grasp onto the materialistic benefits which such wealth can bring. Fast cars, designer suits and life in the fast lane! And one of the most popular ways to...Read More
The Bastard From Fairyland By: Phil Parker “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will. Either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” (Paulo Coelho) Life can be tough. There can be no doubt about that! It will knock you down to your knees so many times that it may seem almost impossible to get back up. Choosing instead to retreat into the darkness and escape the daily struggles. However, those who can rise above such isolationist temptations and instead face challenges head on are the ones who will ultimately...Read More
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And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not…
If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived? Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself? What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …