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Ways to Use Your Character as a Setting and Help Build Your Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Hope C. Clark's latest mystery, Murder on Edisto, uses setting for depth, and it has become her brand to place fiction in a real place. The locals of...

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?

The New Years Challenge I Know I Will Accomplish

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Helene Cohen Bludman

The premise is that in 2015 you will read 50 books of various types. Books that you may have planned on reading anyway, and others way off your radar. A book written by an author who has your initials. A book written in the year you were born. A book with a one-word title. And so on.

This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.07.2015 | College

When public policies go into effect, they don't always seem rooted in empathy and compassion. That's one reason an educator at the University of San F...

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Allison Pataki | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

If you're looking for a reason to get excited for the New Year, I've got ten for you.

The 5 Best Fictional Sports Teams

Uloop | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Uloop

The Patriots, Giants, and Spurs have won many championships this century. However, those teams would be no match against the best fictional sports squads produced in recent years.

Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.24.2014 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

Hellraiser-7

Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Need A Gift for A Book Lover?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding a great book for someone else can be quite the challenge during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help you on your merry way!

P.D. James: Master of the Modern Detective Novel

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Khanh Ho

I think this is the stroke of genius on P.D. James's part: creating a character from this cloth. Dalgliesh is the dream child of the frustrated novelist, for he can make striking observations and connections that a more down-to-earth gumshoe simply cannot make.

The Wall

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don't matter if there are colors like a picture postcard or it's gray as water in a greasy sink. The darkness still fades. The light begins. Makes you feel alive like nothing else.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

Paul Stefanski | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Stefanski

Fund NASA, invest in SpaceX, write your congressperson, and vote. Space travel isn't just cool. It isn't just something to do because we can. If Interstellar has anything to teach us, it's that space travel can save our species. The truth is we might need saving very soon.

Higher Learning: A Pilot's Journey Begins

Christine Hannon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Flying is soaring between Heaven and Earth with a very real sense of mortality and responsibility. It is a balance of forces to create lift and a balance of focus to maintain attitudes. For the pilot governed by Visual Flight Rules, 20 percent of one's focus is on the instruments while 80 percent looks outside at what God created.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

5 Dystopian Trilogies Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Kathleen Smith | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Kathleen Smith

Perhaps it's callous to love dystopia, to soak up stories where the characters are much worse off than you are, but the fiction shelves of bookstores are littered with these premises. For some reason, we just can't get enough of the world ending. And rebooting, in the most terrifying ways.

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while readi...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Ann Lewis Hamilton's Debut Novel Expecting Is Fertile and Funny

Elan Barnehama | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

It wasn't inevitable that Hamilton became a writer, but she does claim to have been raised in a house filled with typewriters in a town where her grandfather was the editor of the local newspaper, her father a reporter, and her mother the society page writer.

Douglas Brunt's Means

Mark Joseph | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Mark Joseph

"A theme I'm obsessed with is the tension between human nature and the frameworks designed to curb the worst and promote the best of it."

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.

Why Are People So Drawn To Fiction?

The Atlantic | Cody C. Delistraty | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in...

Q&A With Sara Raasch, Author of Debut YA Series Snow Like Ashes

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Snow Likes Ashes is the best book I've read so far in 2014. It's got it all -- epic travel, forbidden romance and wild, untamed magic. In fact, I loved the book so much, I chose it as the October selection for Uppercase, a YA book subscription box.

The Serious Novelist's Guide to NaNoWriMo

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts Nov. 1, which means there's still time for you to get prepped and ready. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge where the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days.