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SHOWCASE

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Interviews

NONFICTION

FIGURE, FOREST GROVE, OREGON. Photo by AUSTIN GRANGER

Boogaloo Too
by Matthew James Babcock

In the high school cafeteria, I body-locked and sugar-popped to the gap Band’s “Party Train,” whipping up a whooping hullabaloo…

The Camper
by Bob Ritchie


Ex Inferis
by Michael Davis


Meaningless (Times Three) Online Soon
by A. Loudermilk

“It’s so good to see you, Button,” she murmured before stepping from the foyer into the living room. She unbelted her coat and started to cry.

Pomegranate Hotel
by Maja Lukic


Artwork by Georgi Tandashvili

INTERVIEW

Mad for ModPo: How the Top-Rated MOOC Makes Poetry Irresistible
Ann Cefola interviews ModPo founder Al Filreis
Coming Soon


 

Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer Holding Neanderthal Skull Photo by Carolyn Clink

Robert J. Sawyer
Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer Shares His Process and Writerly Wisdom Interviewed by Gene Wilburn

“…the tiny, character-driven bits,
the quieter scenes, the epiphanies,
are often what the reader remembers most;
they’re the heart and soul of your writing…”
—Robert J. Sawyer

NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty was inspired to start Chris Baty Studios, which makes posters for writers, after a trip to London, where he found the city covered with incredible posters and signs. Chris said that he comes up with a tagline or concept, then hands it over to his illustrators and designers who transform it into something “a thousand times better than my original idea.”

Creative Catalyst: NaNoWriMo founder
Chris Baty 
talks to SPM

...the impulse to create...waits, patiently, for us to find a way back...For me, it was through NaNoWriMo. However you get back there, it just feels pretty incredible when you arrive.
—Chris Baty

A Wee Bit Supernatural:
Scottish Novelist Regi Claire

interviewed by Ann Cefola

I tend not to analyze my work because I am a bit superstitious: too much awareness might interfere with my imagination, kill it stone-dead.
 —Regi Claire

CONTRIBUTING
PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS

Valda Bailey
Martin Cauchon
Kirsten Chursinof
Carolyn Clink
Christina Frost
Austin Granger
George Gray
Karl Hurst
Tetyana Kovyrina
Anne Lau
Yvon Maurice
Jeane Myers
Alexander Miroshnikov
Ian Muttoo
Saihou O. Njie
O. Norton
Redroom Studios
Rovingmagpie
David Rockwell
Jorge Villaplana Sanjuan
Harriet Taylor Seed
Georgi Tandashvili
Veronica Webber
Gene Wilburn
Benoit Wittamer
Dawn Marie Jones, Stoyanov & Jones

 

Flowers & Drawings v.2 by Alexander Miroshnikov

Good Morning
by Cameron Morse

Astrocytoma
by Cameron Morse

Concord
by Elizabeth Crowell ONLINE SOON

I Can Say Now That Things Are Not What They Seem
by Marie Kane

Permission
by Marie Kane

Old Year Psalm
by Calvin Ahlgren

Lupine Field: Moosehead Lake
by Kevin Casey

On the Fern Canyon Trail
by Peter Serchuk

Part-Time Resident in Maine
by Howard Winn ONLINE SOON

Supermarket on the Edge of Casco Bay
by Howard Winn ONLINE SOON

RESOURCE

Book Reviews, Tool Review & Resource, Craft Articles, Craft Books, Links for Writers, Self-Publishing

Book Review

Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Reviewed by Raymond M. Wong
online soon
 
The Lifespan of a Fact
by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
Reviewed by Raymond M. Wong | online soon

StoryCraft

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart
Reviewed by Raymond M. Wong

Tool Review & Resource

Scapple: The Software You
Didn’t Know You Needed
by Gene Wilburn | online soon

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Tablet Writing: iPad & Android
by Gene Wilburn
Distraction-Free Editors
by Gene Wilburn

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What is Markdown?
by Gene Wilburn

"Markdown is easy to learn and to use. For instance, surrounding text in asterisks *like this* will produce like this in the converted document. To bold text an entry you use two asterisks, e.g. **bold text**. Other attributes are similarly easy.
For those of us who like writing with a minimalist editor, Markdown and MultiMarkdown provide the best of both worlds—plain text with word-processing attributes when needed."
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Craft Articles

JORQUERA (ALBACETE) ESPAÑA Photo by Jorge Villaplana Sanjuan
Your Most Important Character
Developing Place in Fiction
by Denton Loving
From ‘Good Enough’ to ‘Amazing’
How to Become a Better Editor of Your Own Work
by Robyn Ryle
A Short Course in Structure
Writing Tips for the Committed Novelist
by Jack Remick
7 Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Robyn Ryle
Notes on NaNoWriMo
by Margaret Fieland
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