Poem: Weep Willow Reeds by Konstantin Nicholas Rega

Poem: Weep Willow Reeds by Konstantin Nicholas Rega

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Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Konstantin studies British & American Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He has been published by The Claremont Review, Four Ties…
Fenimore Cooper Sucks at Writing by Mark Twain

Fenimore Cooper Sucks at Writing by Mark Twain

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by Mark Twain   It seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature in Yale, the Professor of English Literature in Columbia, and…
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POETRY TO-DAY IN AMERICA by Walt Whitman

POETRY TO-DAY IN AMERICA by Walt Whitman

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POETRY TO-DAY IN AMERICA SHAKSPERE—THE FUTURE by Walt Whitman Strange as it may seem, the topmost proof of a race is its own born poetry. The presence of that, or…
my first typewriter sucked! by mark twain

My First Typewriter Sucked by Mark Twain

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(From My Unpublished Autobiography) by Mark Twain   Some days ago a correspondent sent in an old typewritten sheet, faded by age, containing the following letter over the signature of…
On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain

On the Decay of the Art of Lying by Mark Twain

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 by Mark Twain An Essay for Discussion, read at a meeting of the historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, and offered for the Thirty-Dollar Prize. Now First Published [Did not…
Poetry as a Study by William Wordsworth

Poetry as a Study by William Wordsworth

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With the young of both sexes, Poetry is, like love, a passion; but, for much the greater part of those who have been proud of its power over their minds,…
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How to write a short story

How to Publish a Short Story

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I’m astonished by how many are terrified to have others read their work. I’ve found that many people are happy to have a few readers. Some writers will post work on their facebook, myspace...
Jane Austin Quotes

Jane Austin Quotes

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We are big fans of Jane around here, and in our effort to bring you more about writers and writing, we are putting up some of her quotes.
Five Ways to Strengthen the Role of the Villian

Five Ways to Strengthen the Role of the Villian

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One of the most important parts of writing a good action/adventure book usually involves a strong villain. Now when I say a villain, you don’t have to imagine Maleficent from…
THE FALSE GEMS by Guy De Maupassant

THE FALSE GEMS by Guy De Maupassant

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Monsieur Lantin had met the young girl at a reception at the house of the second head of his department, and had fallen head over heels in love with her.
THE POETIC PRINCIPLE by Edgar Allan Poe

THE POETIC PRINCIPLE by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was born in Boston, the child of actors who died while he was very young. He was adopted by a Virginian gentleman, Mr. John Allan,
Steampunk Art by Mike Savad

Steampunk Art by Mike Savad

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Mike Savad is a photographic artist. The images are designed to look like fine oil paintings, primarily in vintage and nostalgic themes.
How to Publish a Book: A complete guide

How to Publish a Book: A complete guide

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How to Publish a book: In today’s world, choice is everything. If a publisher’s door closes, a publishing window will open, but there are vast differences in publishing options in the 21st century.
Poem: Instructions: On Getting Ready to Die by Gayle Kellner

Poem: Instructions: On Getting Ready to Die by Gayle Kellner

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Gayle Kellner is a writer, an artist, a poet, and an educator. Her essays and poems have appeared in Utne Magazine, Orion Magazine, The Loop, The Beachcomber, and The Nature of an Island. She is currently a regular guest on Voice of Vashon’s community radio program
Story: Retreat by Jack Coey

Story: Retreat by Jack Coey

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She ran away from home, and Pastor Bruce was dismayed after talking with her mother. Her mother said she’d been sullen for the last month or so, and even the school nurse called once. Her daughter wouldn’t tell her what was wrong, and she asked Pastor Bruce
Story: My Dinner with Mighty Mouse by David Lohrey

Story: My Dinner with Mighty Mouse by David Lohrey

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I once knew a fat lady in Hollywood who played tennis with Paul Mazursky, back in the days when it took artists three hours to finish breakfast. Beverly and Fairfax…
I Am Not An Animal Expert! by Jack London

I Am Not An Animal Expert! by Jack London

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by Jack London This is one of our historical articles from writers that we just had to publish. Jack London, one of our most beloved American writer's seems to have…
Mark Twain’s Meeting with Robert Louis Stevenson by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s Meeting with Robert Louis Stevenson by Mark Twain

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 by Mark Twain   ... But it was on a bench in Washington Square that I saw the most of Louis Stevenson. It was an outing that lasted an hour…
The Short Story by Robert Saunders Dowst (1918)

The Short Story by Robert Saunders Dowst (1918)

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A story is a fiction with a plot, as distinguished from a tale, which is a string of incidents that happened to happen to the characters. In the story the events are linked together by the natures of the people concerned; personality influences event and event influences personality
OF HAWTHORNE AND THE SHORT STORY by Edgar Allen Poe

OF HAWTHORNE AND THE SHORT STORY by Edgar Allen Poe

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The reputation of the author of "Twice-Told Tales" has been confined, until very lately, to literary society; and I have not been wrong, perhaps, in citing him as the example, par excellence, in this country,
A Short Story

The Short Story

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The intro to the book is a classic (the book is too of course), and it is filled with insights into the contemporary authors of that time, Poe, Hawthorne, Stevenson, and the like.
Poem: Feathers in Motion by Brianna Ricotta

Poem: Feathers in Motion by Brianna Ricotta

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Anxiety creates a motion of feathers that creates a stifling flow in her body. And then a rush of air caught in her chest, and will not dissipate
Art by Richard De Wolfe

Art by Richard De Wolfe

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The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life.…
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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The Gift of the Magi One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher