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I Made Sure They Were Dead First

Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash She came when I was trying to sleep. Her story has never been told. Versions of her life, of who she was to the rich and famous and important have been told — and in every version, she is beautiful villain, faithless and fluffy-brained idiot. None of that is true. It had to… Continue reading I Made Sure They Were Dead First

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Please — No More Check-Box Stories

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash We know what you’re up to. When you write that story, publish that post with that small rush of righteous, we can feel it. You’ve checked the boxes. Readers are supposed to want this…Wait. No, readers demand this other thing from stories. The truth is…we don’t. We want great stories — checked… Continue reading Please — No More Check-Box Stories

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Looking for a Good Book? Ask a Librarian

Photo by Olivia Snow on Unsplash JD pressed the book into my hands. “I love this book. I cannot believe everyone isn’t talking about it — it’s absolutely superb. Read it. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read before.” She buys new fiction for our local library and is passionate about all things book. Her enthusiasm for new writers,… Continue reading Looking for a Good Book? Ask a Librarian