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New Service at Radford Editorial

  Have you ever had a short story rejected before it is even read because the harried and harassed editor has no time or patience to deal with sloppy or incorrect formatting? As co-editor of the bestselling anthology “Alternative Truths” … Continue reading

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THE LANGUAGE ATTIC: shazzing

The Word Museum by Jeffrey Kacirk, Barnes & Noble, New York, 2000 is a marvelous tool for writers of historical fiction. Not only does it help find the right word for the occasion, it is good for a laugh or … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Propinquity

by Brenda W. Clough ‘Propinquity’ is one of the first words I recall reading in which I could see myself inferring the meaning from the surrounding text. I first ran into it in Rumer Godden’s delightful novel In This House … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Thinks about Books

I’ve just re-read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. I’ve probably read it ten or more times over the years. Probably seen the movie five times or so. Who wouldn’t as a teenager be obsessed with Julie Christie and Oskar Werner? My … Continue reading

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The Language Attic

by Brenda W. Clough Our language is a treasure house. Some of its glories are well-used and well-polished, taken out and set on the table every day. But up in the attic we’ve got some thrilling long-lost terms. This is … Continue reading

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My first lesbian love story, Coed Demon Sluts: Amanda

Coed Demon Sluts: Amanda by Jennifer Stevenson

This story is less boffo than the first three Slut adventures mostly because Amanda needs to travel such a long way from numbness to love. I found myself siding with Cricket a lot, prodding Amanda emotionally in the middle of the night, tickling her sense of humor, luring her into the woods, leading by following, crashing around in her life like upbeat ball-lightning, tempting her to live a little. Continue reading

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All the sluts: the hinky side of women’s fiction

I’m so excited about this series launch, I’m squeaking like a mouse. Also bouncing. Coed Demon Sluts was conceived at the point when I realized that my last series, Slacker Demons, was leaving the lair of the incubi empty. I’d … Continue reading

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Dramatic License

Today I offer the Author’s Note from the first book I wrote as Anne Rutherford, “The Opening Night Murder, ” where I address the issue of dramatic license in historical fiction. In my associations with other authors, often I’m drawn … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #4:Why do characters love?

Love is one of the guiding principles of the human condition. Things have been done in the name of love – both great things and evil things – that defy explanation, or rationalization. Love is what love is, and when … Continue reading

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