READ KURT'S FIVE-STAR REVIEW OF LARRY'S THRILLER: USA, INC. GREED AND THE CONSTITUTION A Novel Pair By Larry Kahaner I enjoy writing about greed. It's an emotion that intrigues me because I'm not a greedy person, so I'm fascinated by those who are. I want to understand it, and, for me, this … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author Larry Kahaner
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By Abigail Gilson
There is a reinvigorated cultural response to the current political dysfunction on the rise. Artists from around the world have mobilised together to troll Trump by creating controversial protest paintings, sculptures, and murals- and they’re holding nothing back. There is no limit of political satire nor hues of orange in these depictions of the U.S president however their outright messages have provoked censorship across social media sites (so much for free speech, eh) and even the administration has threatened particular artists with litigation. Alas, all is not lost with this dose of cultural reassurance: here are five distorted versions of D.T that are sure to make protest-art great again.
Emotional Downloads by James Ostrer
(Donald Trump), ED 213M
This grotesque rendition of Donald Trump is not for the soft-stomached as it is curated completely from raw meat, fish, chewed up pieces of croissant and drizzled in…
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I was considering writing a satire post (i.e., FAKE Post!) with its premise being our so-called president writing it as a Guest Author.
As I was getting set to channel Trump for the writing, I got cold fingers, so to speak, from the damage the channeling might do to my so-called brain; so, I backed slowly away from the keyboard, thought about it for a minute, then made the decision to search around to see if anyone had already done something similar.
I’m happy to have lost my courage to allow my brain to think as a non-reading Trump would and I am awe at the courage author Dave Astor possesses and the risks he was willing to take to share his brain and blog with him, for his sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy this reblogged post of his.
If you’re a reader of such things as “books” that are written with more than 140 words and that may contain troubling brain hurdles such as nuance and non-linear plot and plotless constructs, then you must check out Mr. Astor’s witty and wise blog.
This blog will be different today, because Donald Trump demanded to write a guest piece. I told him he doesn’t read literature or know much about it, but he insisted. Anyway, things will go back to normal next week, but until then…herrrrrre’s the illegitimate president:
The Donald (me) doesn’t read novels, but I do read the backs of cereal boxes. Lots of back story, ya know?
Actually, I know a yuge amount about fiction. Not the literary kind — the “alternative facts” kind.
I can’t deal with The Wings of the Dove. Why didn’t Henry James write The Wings of the War Hawk? Sad.
The Red Badge of Courage? Stephen Crane — what a loser. Believe me, I showed more courage getting Vietnam War deferments for alleged bone spurs in my heels, even though I played a ton of sports at the time with no problem. They…
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In Sam's world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once. The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The … Continue reading RISE OF THE CHOSEN by Guest Author Anna Kopp
Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.
Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems. Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.
Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…
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Calling all fans of creepy suspense, small-town horror, and dystopian fiction! My name is Timothy G. Huguenin (but let’s cut the pretense here—just call me Tim). I just launched When the Watcher Shakes, a dark suspense novel about a mysterious religious sect hidden in the isolated mountains of West Virginia. It’s such an important story … Continue reading Calling all fans of creepy suspense… | A Guest Post by Author Timothy G. Huguenin
NOW ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE! Made for Me, a Sci-fi romance novella by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, takes the awkward first date story to the extreme! What happens when an indecisive girl uses a 100% guaranteed website to find the man of her dreams? How can they truly guarantee happiness for Abrielle, who can't even decide … Continue reading ENTERTAINING THE WHAT-IFS | A Guest Post by Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa
With pleasure and gratitude, it is my honor to share with you a Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin. As April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Sherrie's post, and her books, are timely, important, and educational, as, sadly, the exploitation and abuse of women only seems to be worsening. Obviously, we must do … Continue reading INSPIRATION IN THE WORST OF PLACES | A Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin
Well, as grand, collaborative endeavors often do... we've run into a few delays in our effort to launch our Indigogo campaign to raise funds for our short film LEAVE. Fortunately for us the delays are good problems to have because it may allow us to have an even stronger team and announcement once we do … Continue reading So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #2
I love caustic writers. They write how I think except they're more witty. And incisive. And, um, better writers. Here's an example of what I mean. Check out Chuck Wendig's piece called Dear guy who is mad because I wrote a gay character in a book. Or try John Hartness, entitled: Why your self-published book … Continue reading I HAVE NO VOICE AND I MUST WRITE: A Guest Post by Author K. D. Rose
NO RACE TO CALL HOME newmommytesla I have no idea what race or culture to identify with. My blood is mixed. I don’t fit into any one category. I’m Aztec, Spanish, Scottish-Irish, English, German, and little slivers of many more. It was difficult growing up, not being able to relate to one side. Not … Continue reading NO RACE TO CALL HOME: A Relating to Humans Race Issue by newmommytesla
Last spring a friend in my wine tasting group, who is also a certified specialist of wine, asked me if I would be interested in co-authoring an introductory wine book with him. After thinking about it for roughly three seconds, the amount of time it took me to consider how much I love wine and … Continue reading TALKING ABOUT WINE WITH EASE: A Guest Post by Author Linda Foxworth
It's been a while since I have shared a submission from the Relating to Humans feature and I so pleased to get things started again by sharing this hauntingly beautiful piece from our Philosophical Issues feature by Philip A Green. As a quick update, on Wednesday evening we'll have a much anticipated (certainly by me) … Continue reading THE GHOSTS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT – A Relating to Humans Philosophical Issue
Mysterious Characters and Unforgivable Acts of Violence by Jason Greensides One piece of writing advice that never set well with me – however useful it is at a practical level – is to know your characters: that you should be able to understand every little aspect of your character if you ever want them … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author Jason Greensides
It is my pleasure, privilege, and honor to present to you a whirlwind of wisdom and intrigue from the author of HAWSER, our IABS&R Volume 3 selection. Or So You Say by J Hardy Carroll Tell me the truth, now. You always dreamed of being a writer. Doesn’t matter whether your dream took the shape … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author J Hardy Carroll
This blog rewards me in so many wonderful ways. The most wonderful way is when, through it, I get to meet new and different and interesting and motivating authors and poets and artists of all sorts who inspire me through their artistry and temperament to want to not just continue on here, but to continue … Continue reading MAD ABOUT THE VERSE – A Guest Post by Poet Rose Red
Covered in Fish Oil and Honey while Sitting in a Public Toilet by Paul Xylinides At one time, I might have listened to my puritanical side and questioned this title for a post and perhaps especially a post that I had been invited to contribute as unnecessarily sensationalistic in the same manner that I … Continue reading Paul Xylinides, Author of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA