A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part four)

Part One Part Two Part Three Feb. 28th, 2018   The theme for story four was “chances,” and although there were plenty of clues in the submission call that it was to be a romance anthology, it was never explicitly stated. Two people that take chances to be together didn’t say “romance” to everyone inContinue reading “A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part four)”

A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part three)

Part One Part Two Feb. 27th, 2018 The story for the third week had to do with strangers dealing with each other. And it was another one of those that made me scratch my head, especially the part about not wanting to read anything icky since it was a parent-child editorial team. No definition ofContinue reading “A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part three)”

A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part two)

Part One.   Feb. 26th, 2018 The workshop’s second assignment was another difficult one. The theme was “Broken Dreams” and the editor specified that she didn’t want the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Even with the 8000-word limit, I wanted to skip this uncomfortable subject. But I had to try. Otherwise, I’d be wasting my timeContinue reading “A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part two)”

A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part one)

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale One-point-two million words. Two-hundred-and-seventy stories. Six editors. Why sign up to write six stories in six weeks without knowing a single thing about what you were going to be asked to write? Well,Continue reading “A rejection is an opinion, not a death sentence (part one)”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Love is blind, but even blindness can’t defeat Dragomir. Love on the other hand, defeats—or saves—all. “Enemy Beloved” is a prequel to my space samurai saga and will be out on Valentine’s Day as part of the Planetary Anthology:Venus by Superversive Press. It is the first published story in this universe. Yes, it’s a romance, butContinue reading “Just in time for Valentine’s Day”

A great essay by Kacey Ezell on writing and success

So I read Cedar Sanderson’s lovely piece entitled “To Thine Own Self Be True”, and I found that I agreed with much of what she had to say. I, too, have zero tolerance for those who would sexually abuse others, particularly children. Actions like that are intolerable, and have no place in society, any society.Continue reading “A great essay by Kacey Ezell on writing and success”

Minds of Men (The Psyche of War) (Volume 1)

Need a last minute gift? Kacey Ezell’s book, The Minds of Men is not just a great story, but a realistic portrayal of how war changes people, both men and women. Populated with real characters, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read. And can be had, here. Buy it now! Evelyn AdamsenContinue reading “Minds of Men (The Psyche of War) (Volume 1)”

Chicken soup for the MAGA soul – take two

Many thanks to Jon Mollison for his thoughtful analysis of optimism and message fiction. Optimism was exactly what I was going for with both of my short stories, “Dolus Magnus” and “Equality.” Optimism in America, what America stands for, and our future is exactly the note that we wanted to strike. Regular readers of thisContinue reading “Chicken soup for the MAGA soul – take two”