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Poem of the week – ‘January Train’

January Train Fields of trees encased in frozen dew. The sun a sullen distant heatless disc. Tractors in a line retired between cold foreground and an almost lost horizon. A smattering of slick and sharded ponds. Sheep, a flock of huffing moving heat. Buckled fence...

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Should You Follow Fiction Writing Rules?

as suggested by Susan Uttendorfsky. All writers are aware of some of the most common rules in writing – don’t use too many adjectives or adverbs, don’t rely on passive writing, use nouns and verbs for stronger narrative, don’t overuse ‘ing’ words, don’t overdo he...

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Literary Agent Interview: Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency

Adult and YA literary agent Heather Flaherty is accepting submissions. Learn what she’s interested in and how you can submit. Originally from Massachusetts, Heather Flaherty is a literary agent at The Bent Agency . She began her publishing career in the editorial...

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Journal’s bright birthday bullets hit the target

Sally Rooney stepped into the role as editor of 'The Stinging Fly' magazine, hailed as Ireland's foremost literary journal. Photo: Tony Gavin Ireland's foremost literary journal, The Stinging Fly, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and this special...

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How Would Humanity React If We Really Found Aliens?

An invasion of Earth by alien flying saucers is a trope of science fiction. But what if aliens really did find us? If aliens reach out to us, what would happen first? It's a question that has puzzled science fiction fans and scientists alike for decades, and we...

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10 Audio Drama Podcasts to Get You Hooked on Fiction

+ When most people think about podcasts, they think NPR, 99% Invisible , or Hardcore History –nonfiction shows meant to be an engaging form of education. Sometimes, though, what you want is to dive into a good story that nonfiction just can’t provide, but where to...

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Hume and the Paradox of Fiction

The paradox of fiction is the apparent inconsistency that occurs when you try to combine three commonly accepted claims: that it is irrational to have feelings for what does not exist, that we reasonably have feelings for fictional characters, and that fictional...

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Tales through his lens darkly

ANALYSIS/OPINION: THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN: STORIES By Denis Johnson Random House, $27, 207 pages He wrote directly too, and his readers, his peers, and the literary establishment loved the gritty talk and the grittier characters. His 2007 novel “Tree of Smoke”...

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Lisa Genova hopes new novel gets people to say “I love you”

Lisa Genova is back with a new novel titled Every Note Played. Author Lisa Genova wants you to understand that life is short. Her new novel Every Note Played is the story of an internationally renowned pianist with ALS and his care giving ex-wife. “We all think we...

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