Writers in Community

by Sherwood Smith I recently reread The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, by Diana Pavlac Glyer, leading me to a question. Without any academic snarkiness, Glyer thoroughly dismantles Humphrey Carpenter’s assurance in his … Continue reading

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Questions from a hopeful Neo: #1

I recently had a series of dialogues with some new writers about subjects of the writing life and craft and I thought. Heck, why not blog about it? So here, without further ado, are some questions about an important facet … Continue reading

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The blurring line between adult and young adult novels

by Sherwood Smith When is an adult book not an adult book? There have been various discussions around the topic of What-is-YA-and-what-is-not,  including here. The line blurs for some of us oldsters when books we were told as youth were … Continue reading

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Lost Books You Should Find: The Annie Szabo Series

I used to think that I was a jinx. If I loved a series of books, it would go out of print and the author would disappear. If I loved a TV show, it would be taken off the air … Continue reading

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Escapism? Yes, Please! by Deborah J. Ross

One of the criticisms of genre fiction that amuses me most is that it’s escapism, as if that’s a bad thing. I think just the opposite. Nobody, except the unbelievably incompetent, escapes to jail. (I’m not talking about the chronically … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing: Worldbuilding

by Sherwood Smith I asked recently on my blog for suggestions of topics, and someone mentioned worldbuilding. Though worldbuilding has been a lifetime project (I got serious about it at age eight, and I just turned sixty) my approach has … Continue reading

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