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Twins: crunchy facts for your fiction

Crunchy facts for your fiction

Twins: crunchy facts for your fiction

Want a crunchy fact for your sci-fi novel? A little something that gives a sense of place, science, or culture? How about this: your extraterrestrials always give birth to twins. In humans twin births are rare, happening about 4 times to 1,000 births, but get this: Clawed New World monkeys (Callitrichidae) — tiny wee creatures between 4 to 21 ounces – rarely have one baby, instead they nearly always have fraternal twins (or triplets when in captivity) and they can do so with greater ease than humans in part because they develop their placenta a lot longer than we do...

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Crunchy Facts for Your Fiction: Introduction

Crunchy facts for your fiction

Crunchy Facts for Your Fiction: Introduction

I read all kinds of interesting stuff. How moths drink the tears of sleeping birds. That flour is explosive. That Marie Curie's belongings will be radioactive for 500 years. And there are probably at least 500 billion galaxies. These are little facts that are a delight just for knowing, or for knowing so you can add them to a story and give it a wee bit of crunch. Crunch? Crunchy facts are those chewy, spikey, textural bits of minutiae that give your story complexity. So says novelist and songwriter Narrelle M Harris, who made up this tasty term. Crunchy facts...

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Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

Atlin Merrick Publishing Reference Submission Guidelines Writer's Guidelines

Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

By Atlin Merrick Just…just go around me. I'm going to be here awhile, stretched out on this grass, staring at the fluffy clouds while I tell youngsters to get off my lawn. Which is to say I am a tiny bit exhausted. O so weary of others doing what I used to do, and now I just want to squirt everyone with this hose I'm not holding and holler "Learn from my mistakes for heaven's sake! I also didn't follow submission guidelines! And do you know what it got me? Don't you walk away while I'm yelling at you!" Submission...

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Shadow Dancing (writing prompts)

Writing Prompts

Shadow Dancing (writing prompts)

Back with prompts in time for holiday time! Let this inspire you to write, should inspiration you wish! As ever this is for Anarion because she takes such a delight in these and gives delight with the stories she tells. Let your story find voice by sharing what's in that beribboned box. Or what you see at the corner of your eye when you look at those dots. Maybe the tale you'll tell is about what shadows see in the dark, or how Hades feels about the color black. Perhaps you'll start there and veer to a story about rain...

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Your Writing Career: How to Make Sure It's a Real Short Trip

Publishing Reference Your Writing Career: How to Make Sure It's a Real Short Trip

Your Writing Career: How to Make Sure It's a Real Short Trip

By Atlin Merrick First: I hope you have a fantastic writing career, full of exciting challenges, wondrous peers, and the respect of a dozen editors and publishers. Now let me tell you how not to have any of those things. How to be Sure Your Writing Career is Short Be rude. That's it. That's the whole post. Be rude to your editor or publisher and it's the best way I know to make sure you have a really short writing career. I'll refine what I mean by 'rude' by saying first that no your editor isn't out to get you....

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