NEW RELEASE Ciara Ballintyne’s Epic Fantasy ‘In the Company of the Dead’

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.     Title: In the Company of the Dead Author: Ciara Ballintyne Series: The Sundered Oath #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy/Fantasy Romance   Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing … Continue reading NEW RELEASE Ciara Ballintyne’s Epic Fantasy ‘In the Company of the Dead’

The Validation Generation: The Dangers of Living in a Social Media World

Over the past week, you may have read the story of Essena O’Neill, an 18-year-old Australian who quit Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr, despite having half a million followers and lucrative financial rewards. She did this, she said, because the images and videos on these sites are “contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other.” “Without … Continue reading The Validation Generation: The Dangers of Living in a Social Media World

An Editor’s Guide to the Worst Writing Mistakes

Editor and Creative Writing teacher Dr. Stephen Carver wrote a blog post recently outlining the top writing mistakes he encounters. First off, he quotes Newman and Mittelmark from their book How Not to Write a Novel: “We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, … Continue reading An Editor’s Guide to the Worst Writing Mistakes

Brutally Honest Writing Advice from Brutally Honest Writers

Getting Started "If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy." – Dorothy Parker Following the Rules "There are three rules … Continue reading Brutally Honest Writing Advice from Brutally Honest Writers