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The Cauldron of Ideas

What most people do not understand is that a wrinter can’t not get ideas. Whether consciously or unconsciously, the tiniest sliver of a snippet of a fragment of a writer’s life is categorized and jealously hoarded until the day it finds its way to the page.

“This had better never end up in a story,” a very private friend said while cutting her husband’s hair. “I mean it.”

I assured her that it wouldn’t, at least not in any form she would recognize, and to this day I don’t know if she realizes I was serious.

We can’t help it. Everything a writer [Read More]

Hear That? #20: Flinthart & Haynes

Welcome back to another edition of HEAR THAT?, a quick look at some fine audio fiction on the internet. It’s been a while since the last post, so let’s jump right into the stories.

First we have Podcastle #256, “The Red Priest’s Vigil”, written by Dirk Flinthart, read by Graeme Dunlop. An Australian writer, Dirk [Read More]

Hydra House Books – The Small Press That Could

With the ever changing face of publishing these days, publishers must learn to embrace different avenues to reach their audiences, and one publishing house in Seattle, Washington, is not afraid to do just that.

Brought to life June 22nd, 2011, Hydra House Books is a small imprint dedicated to working with writers to give them the best experience possible, and to exploring the multifaceted world of publishing.

“By the time I entered Clarion West, my [Read More]


First came “The Rhinoceros and the Unicorn” by Diana L. Paxon in Shadows of Sanctuary.

Then: [Read More]

Hear That? SPECIAL EDITION: Rainforest Writers Village

Welcome to a special edition of HEAR THAT?, a look at some of the best audio fiction you’ll ever hear on the internet. This is a longer post than usual that focuses on some of the attendees of the Rainforest Writers Village on the south short of Lake Quinault in Washington state. There are a greater number of links to some fine stories, and while I may not be able to give an in depth review of each story rest assured that you’ll like what you hear.

The brainchild of Patrick Swenson, author of the forthcoming [Read More]