Tribute: In Memory of Sandra Seamans

I had just added the link to My Little Corner – a longstanding blog run by Sandra Seamans, where she shared information about short fiction markets for writers – when I received a text from my husband telling me Sandra had passed away. Sandra Seamans was a force within the short fiction scene. She always seemed to have a new...

Some Places To Be – PRIDE

While #PitMad dominates Twitter today, those who aren’t participating (or who need to recoup afterwards) may appreciate some of these Pride-related posts and specials to check out online. Pride Looking for some LGBTQ books to read? Two hashtags – #RainbowRoarers and #roaring20sdebut – are being used by authors with LGBTQ books due out in 2020. They’re participating in a Pride...

Reflections: The Chronology of Water

by Renee Asher Pickup “If you have ever fucked up in your life, or if the great river of sadness that runs through us all has touched you, this book is for you.” These are the first words you’ll read by Lidia Yuknavitch in her memoir, The Chronology of Water. The acknowledgements come first, quick to tell you who this...

Increasing Your Odds of #PitMad Success

Until March 7, 2019, I had only participated in #PitMad as a writer. Before participating as an editor I planned out my #PitMad day in advance, and some of my thinking was based on my experiences as a writer participant. I had no idea what was in store for me. At 8:05 am I went to the hashtag on my...

ENGO Colonial Activism that Perpetuates Indigenous Poverty

A traditional practise of the Inuit is to never waste the food or materials provided by the animals they bring home. There is a serious problem with how some organizations within the nonprofit sector have unethically attained financial stability. This article focuses on Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGO) that have raised or continue to raise money off anti-seal hunting campaigns, because...

To Prologue or Not To Prologue

Publishing trends have not favored prologues for some time. Writers who feel that a prologue is essential may opt to write one anyway and name it ‘Chapter 1’ while others still use the controversial ‘P’ word. Consideration #1: Is It Essential? Before including a prologue — no matter how it’s titled — ask whether or not it is actually essential...

A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong

Before I can begin this article on cultural appropriation, take the headdress off or stop with whatever the Indigenous fad is you have just decided to bastardize. Our identity isn’t decorative and no, you don’t get to cherry pick who we are to assist in the latest club fashion accessory. Donning any piece of Indigenous Identity without understanding which Indigenous...

Cultural Appropriation: Tomorrow’s Introduction & Today’s Confession

A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong, is a direct, unflinching look at the harm caused by cultural appropriation. It confronts with truths some may find hard to hear, but cultural appropriation is a crucial topic of discussion in the art world. Any person considering crossing cultural lines in their writing needs to read that article. This is part introduction, part...