Why write about the Lady in White

The book is coming out tomorrow, October 5th! Over a year of work and collaboration has lead to this moment and it always feels unreal when it arrives. I also always feel like there is something unsaid by the time release day is over, something I struggle to convey well after the excitement of our... Continue Reading →

A collection during Covid

So something funny happened the week after we released Jersey Devil: A collection of utter speculation. The world went to hell. I don't think it was our fault, but we decided to lay low for a bit, and poor JD didn't really get their big day. It's still an awesome book and we enjoyed making... Continue Reading →

But do you love it?

Why do I throw myself against a wall, over and over again? Isn't expecting a different outcome of a repeated action the definition of madness? When radio silence can literally ruin my day, even my week, I ask myself, maybe, have you thought of just kinda...quitting? And the answer comes back, again and again, but do you still love to write?

How to be ripped to shreds with grace (writing reviews)

random reader, thanks for reminding me this post exists

LCW Allingham

In college, peer writing reviews never went very well. Either people were too nice or too mean or too vague. And no one wanted to hear it. Usually professors wouldn’t allow us to talk and defend our work, so we didn’t have the option of yelling at our reviewers. Sometimes people couldn’t help it.

I remember a classmate walking out of class after a heated argument with the professor about a point made on his poem. I recall a girl muttering “whatever. Whatever. Uh huh. Whatever,” as another student tried to carefully pick flaws out of her article.

Now, when I am in a peer review group there are no restrictions on who can speak and how or when they can. What have I learned? Adults take constructive criticism even harder than college kids sometimes.

Any why shouldn’t they? As an adult there is more at stake in your work…

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Editor’s note

SHOCKING VERBS, LAWLESS NOUNS will be out in early January and is available for kindle pre-sale now. It is a showcase of writing from the past and present authors of the Bucks County Writers Workshop, a group that had built a reputation for tough but fair critique, fantastic writing, interesting people and support for the... Continue Reading →

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