As a child, I had terrible asthma. I spent hours every evening breathing fumes out of a noisy machine called a “nebulizer,” and most days I required puffs from my collection of inhalers—the blue one made me shaky, but the gray one tasted gross. My mom used to mix a supplement called “Oxy-G” (supposed to
Continue reading Guest Post: You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are by J. B. Howard
Life within itself is a fantastic voyage. And during this journey of our lives, more often than not we can unexpectedly find ourselves hurled into un-chartered territory, especially where emotions are concerned.
Perhaps the fact that we can’t ‘see’ our emotions makes them hard to understand or control. For example, if we have a laceration
Continue reading Guest Post: Fantastic Voyage: The Phenomenon of Human Emotion – Part II by Dr. Jodi De Luca
In the old days (think Centennial by James Michener), I was afraid of nothing and no one. I flew hot air balloons, jumped out of airplanes, was kicked awake by the police while sleeping on a pier in Monte Carlo, and slept on the floor of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam with my head on my
Continue reading Guest Post: Pull That Trigger (and I Don’t Mean Guns) by Tobi Alfier
With every word I write, I try to sidestep a landmine. Avoid disaster.
Writing my first novel, I was hoping to find some blueprint on how to vividly dissect and then construct the complex and celebrated distinctions of black women.
Yeah, so that doesn’t exist.
Therefore, I’m left to navigate the boundaries and stereotypes of
Continue reading The Fierce and Fragile Journey of Sidestepping Landmines by Catherine Adel West
So your manuscript is finished. If you’re anything like me and knew you were a writer from an early age, it was probably your dream to publish your novel (or book of poetry or collection of short stories). After years of schooling, failures (publishing as Melville said, most of your work to the flames) you
Continue reading Guest Post: Traditional publishing versus self-publishing: my experience by David Haight
It’s likely that anyone who writes in multiple genres has a main genre he or she identifies with first. For me, that genre is fiction. I’ve spent the most time and effort in the fiction realm. I am now to the point where stories emerge from me more fully formed than the stories I wrote
Continue reading Guest Post: Blurring the Lines of Genre by Gwen Goodkin
As human beings, we have the unique capacity of experiencing the past and the future in the present. Our memories and fantasies allow us to view our lives as ‘snapshots’ in time. For example, all of us have heard a particular song on the radio, and wham… suddenly we are catapulted back to another place
Continue reading Guest Post: Snapshots in Time: The Phenomenon of Human Emotion, Part I by Dr. Jodi De Luca
It started and ended with dolphins. As a child, when asked by my mother what I dreamed about the night before, I would lie and say I had the most spectacular, mythical adventure doing something relating to dolphins. At ten years old, my innocuous lie was appeased, transformed into an inside joke between the members
Continue reading Guest Post: Lying in Poetry, or Hey! Guess What I Dreamed Of by Babette Cieskowski
The conclusion of an interaction with your doctor, or any doctor, or any other medical professional, is often likely to be a bill you don’t understand. We hope it would instead be your good health, but I must leave that to the medical gods.
Understanding a bill is important and should be simple. But the
Continue reading Guest Post: Too Complicated for You by Gene Goldfarb