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A Conversation with Dan Ford, author of Ordination by Sheila Lamb

There is absolutely no substitute for sitting down and writing. You may need to do research, if you’re writing fantasy you may want to spend time world building, writing character sketches, developing pantheons and cultures and even languages. And that is all quite a lot of fun. But none of it is a substitute for actually writing the story

A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies reviewed by Melanie Cordova

Douglas Watson’s A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies follows the protagonist Moody Fellow so closely on his heels that when we finally seem to catch up with him…

References by Ovo Adagha

By: Ovo Adagha – Posted: March 31, 2014

People disembarked, people came in, yet the train refused to move. It sat there in stagnation, taunting me. I knew immediately that I was lost.

Produce by J.D. Smith

By: J.D. Smith – Posted: March 24, 2014

…a bat shrieked by; the mosquitoes it fed on had been in the air since twilight.  Bats had their job, he had his…

A Day at the Beach by Ann Simon

By: Ann Simon – Posted: March 17, 2014

She’d buckled the twins into their car seats, one and then the other; it took so damned long with two of them. She’d gone to the store and bought three bags of groceries — oh, god! She’d forgotten dish soap. Oh, no… She’d have to do this all over again…

When Kerosene’s Involved reviewed by Melanie J. Cordova

By: Melanie J. Cordova – Posted: March 10, 2014

The powerful, human life experiences depicted in this collection will challenge the reader, and the stylistic clarity will encourage multiple readings. In this text, Romo’s swift storytelling places it firmly within contemporary Southwestern literature…

Circus Rules by Paul Lander

By: Paul Lander – Posted: March 3, 2014

To Whom It May Concern: Joining the circus is not all cotton candy and clown cars. Please abide by the following rules. Thank you. – Management

A Map of Everything, reviewed by Robert Kostuck

By: Robert Kostuck – Posted: February 24, 2014

Hope is the common thread running through and connecting these one hundred and eighteen chapters, chapters which combine in unexpected ways and often jump out from the narrative, displaying the techniques of the short story. Hope is the thing that holds the narrator fixed to the earth, even as she faces her own personal and private demons.

Useful Skills by Marcy Campbell

By: Marcy Campbell – Posted: February 17, 2014

“Everything’s gone to hell,” Dad says. He’s called at his usual time—9:00 p.m. Tuesday—with a report of his annual physical. He talks of arthritis, his impending knee replacement, acid reflux. “The doctor’s here don’t know shit!” he yells, and I hold the phone farther from my ear. Because he lives in Florida now instead of […]

The Review Mirror reviewed by Robert Kostuck

Regret? David M. Harris has none. Loss, lost opportunities, unrealized dreams—in the poems in The Review Mirror he uses the perspective of the moment to revisit the past.

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