My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part Two – The Authors

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  While the variety shows and special events were fun, and the panels and workshops were informative, while being around a crowd of like-minded people and be able to rub elbows with all sorts of fun folks is wonderful, what makes NerdCon: Stories so memorable for me is how it gives me the opportunity to [….]

My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part One

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It was my distinct pleasure to be able to attend the 2nd Annual NerdCon: Stories convention last weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The brainchild of Vlogbrother Hank Green and author Patrick Rothfuss, the two day conference featured over 60 special guests including authors, actors, artists, narrators, podcasters, puppeteers, librarians, comedians, directors, screenwriters, game designers, [….]

Another “NerdCon: Stories” is In The Books

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Well, another NerdCon: Stories convention has come and gone (held October 14 and 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and once again, a good time was had by all. I had every intention of posting a report on the goings-on this morning, but my general euphoric exhaustion following the convention, as well as having so many wonderful [….]

There But for the Grace of God

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Thirty-five inches of rain in four days.  That’s how much rain has fallen in Louisiana in this last “episode.”  The ground is saturated, and the rivers are cresting many feet higher than has ever been recorded.  The Amite River in Denham Springs hit 4.7 feet above its previous record set in 1983 on Sunday morning.  [….]

Happy Birthday, Tee!

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    We here at LitStack couldn’t let the day pass without wishing a very happy birthday to our illustrious leader, Editor-in-Chief Tee Tate!  Not only is Tee a wonderful boss who has put so much love and effort into this website, but she’s a talented novelist, a good friend, and an all around incredible [….]

Celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin

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Today is Ursula K. Le Guin’s 86th birthday,  and what better day to celebrate this icon of American fiction?  Most often associated with the fantasy and science fiction genres, she has won numerous  Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards.  Yet her works, especially those geared for younger readers, have defied labels to become some [….]

Brutally Honest Writing Advice That You Should Be Following

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Being a writer isn’t always an easy gig. There are moments of struggle, of invented blocks that we use as an excuse to procrastinate and there is the thrilling, relieving seconds when a story is complete and we’ve finally wrote the two most beautiful words in the English language: The End. But to get to [….]

Why It’s Important to Never, Ever Give Up: Authors Who Were Repeatedly Rejected

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Once, while at a slavery museum in my region, I saw a picture of a horribly abused man, a runaway slave, who’d been whipped so brutally that the skin on his back was pigmented into one massive grayish whelp. The image stuck with me, haunted me, but what reverberates in my memory, was the Churchill [….]

Writers: A Reminder That You Are Not Alone

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The folks over at SharedWorlds give writers a little bit of inspiration. Some days you just need a little nudge… a simple reminder that you’re not alone on this path you’ve chosen. Maybe you want help getting out of a plot hole or breaking through a block or you simply need to know that someone [….]