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Steven Petite
Steven Petite's fiction has appeared in Cigale Literary Magazine. Previously, he was a staff writer for the newspaper, The Cauldron. He has completed three novels, the most recent of which, will hopefully be the first to see the outside of his desk drawer. Petite graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in creative writing, and is currently contemplating MFA programs while editing his novel. He has lived in a suburb of Cleveland, OH for his whole life. He can be reached at

Entries by Steven Petite

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 6:09 PM

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone. That amount of money in 1920 is equivalent to over...

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Devastatingly Challenging Modern Games

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 7:03 PM

For all intents and purposes, challenging video games are long gone. Games used to be hard, brutally hard. Old-school games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Castlevania, Contra, and even the first few iterations of Super Mario Bros. were among some of the most popular titles that brought...

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Nintendo Jumping Into Mobile Gaming

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:36 PM

A few years ago, the notion that the legendary video game company, Nintendo, would enter the mobile game market, would have been viewed as ridiculous, impossible, and bring cries of social media hate from Nintendo purists. After all, Nintendo has been the over twenty-five year champion of handheld gaming. Sure,...

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Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence. Deliberately, the distinction between aspiring-writers and writers was made. What does it mean to be an aspiring-writer?

Simply put, an aspiring-writer is someone...

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What Exactly Is a Man Crush?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 7:52 AM

You have probably heard the term "man crush" before.  If you are a female reading this, chances are your significant other has a man crush on at least one male or more.  A man crush is something that a straight male has for someone who is usually a public figure,...

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6 Types of Aggravating Readers

(27) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Everyone loves a good book, and even though reading is a solitary practice, sharing your thoughts about a work that you particularly enjoyed is natural.

Of course, as we live in an opinionated society, there are certain types of book readers that tend to take it too far. There are...

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'Manzielling' in Cleveland

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:31 PM

As a Cleveland native and die-hard Browns fan, there was only one player in the draft that I absolutely wanted them to pick. Ray Farmer shook things up Thursday night, that's for sure.

First he trades the fourth pick to the Bills for a first and fourth in next year's...

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Are Young Writers Interesting? Part Two: Prove it

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:54 PM

My first article was one titled "Are Young Writers Interesting?" It was inspired by my conversation with Junot Diaz. The full version of my conversation can be found in that post.

The conversation took place in mid-September of last year. Almost seven months later, I am still in the same...

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Are All Fiction Writers Tormented?

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Robert Louis Stevenson. Philip K. Dick. Hunter S. Thompson. Ernest Hemingway. F. Scott Fitzgerald. William Styron. John Cheever. Raymond Carver. Jack Kerouac. John Kennedy Toole. Truman Capote. Hubert Selby. William Faulkner. David Foster Wallace. And so many more. All of the above are deceased. All of whom were driven to...

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Sing for Ed Sheeran: The Most Talented Young Solo Artist

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Last Monday, the seventh, I listened to Ed Sheeran's long anticipated new single "Sing" when the view counter on youtube was just over 300. At this time, my fingers pressing against the keys, the first single from his follow up album to the 2011 worldwide sensation +, has been listened...

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Taking The Stand for Stephen King

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:13 PM

The last novelist to appear on the cover of Time, (In fact, the only author in the 21st century) was Jonathan Franzen when his dazzling novel, Freedom was released. The novelist before him, the last of the 20th century was Stephen King in 1999.

King is considered to be in...

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The Future of Nintendo's Consoles

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:51 AM

If you were to ask a person who knew nothing at all about video games, the most likely response would be that he/she would mention Mario. Nintendo's history is unparalleled. They are the longest running console manufacturer in the history of gaming, but recently they have encountered a more than...

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The Rise of Storytelling in Video Games

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Graphically, video games have been evolving since the late 1980s. The Nintendo Entertainment System evolved into the prettier Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The Sega Genesis evolved into the Sega Saturn and then the Dreamcast, before Sega stopped releasing consoles in general due to the competition of Nintendo, and then Sony...

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Why Print Books Will Endure

(7) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 6:22 PM

By now, the majority of the American population has a smart phone, tablet, ereader or a combination of some or all. Amazon has already boasted that they sell more digital books than brand new hardcovers. The prices are cheaper and you can't blame a person for wanting to save a...

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Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Fiction, of course, is a work that is imagined from the mind, a different world than reality.

An argument can be made that there are two types of fiction when it comes to novels: Genre Fiction and Literary Fiction. The former includes many subcategories such as Mystery/Thriller, Horror, Romance, Western,...

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Writing: A Family Profession

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Is it possible to be destined as a writer from birth? Most of the time, writing takes many years of hard work and dedication before anything of significant value is produced.

You aren't born a writer, you become a writer. Some families have multiple doctors, lawyers, construction workers, teachers, etc....

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Set Goals, Not Resolutions: First Year in Print

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:23 AM

It's that time again when social media is flooded with personal reflections of the year, and the resolutions that will occur in the following year.

This year, as I did last year, I am setting goals, not making resolutions. I advise you to do the same.

At the end of...

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A Novel Experience

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Decisions never fully satisfy everyone involved. Often times, what may seem like a compromise, is really just a cloaking mechanism to mask selfish desire. In the case of a struggling family, decisions by one party ripple into life shattering consequences, even when intentions are seemingly pure.

Imagine that you...

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Eight Great Writerly Novels

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Eight Great Writerly Novels

The piece of writing advice that is always debated: "Write what you know." Naturally, if writers followed that advice every time then bookshelves would be full of books about writers. I've heard literature professors and book admirers like myself say that writing about writers is a...

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Are Young Writers Interesting?

(12) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:10 PM

The question of whether or not my writing could be interesting to anyone else besides my friends and family never occurred to me until recently. At 22, I have written two unpublished novels, and am currently working on a third. The only publication to my credit besides articles in a...

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