Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter. I’ll keep saying it until it’s true.
Pandemic life continues. A number of states have decided to roll back reopening. The Spanish flu pandemic lasted three years. Mind you, they didn’t have the world-wide medical resources to throw at the virus that we do. Still, I fear covid-19 will turn out to be a virus akin to the common cold and that a true vaccine will not be possible. What I hope is that immunologists will be able to account for mutations in covid-19 like they do with the annual flu vaccination and that we will have an ongoing method of control.
One way or another, this virus will change the way we live. I only hope that we take advantage of this opportunity to make the post-covid world a better one.
Cree Myles issues a challenge: if you want to unlearn racism, read Black science fiction authors. The Mary Sue
Tasha Seegmiller wants to have a candid conversation about publication. Then, Kris Maze wonders, is it YA, or not YA? Later in the week, Ellen Buikema explains how to develop a memorable character. Writers in the Storm
K.M. Weiland is using all four cognitive functions as a writer. Helping Writers Become Authors
Manuela Williams shares the four elements of a compelling book blurb. DIY MFA
Bonnie Randall explains why you can’t concentrate right now. Fiction University
Nathan Bransford: a year of living uncomfortably.
Mathina Calliope: you win this round, comma. Jane Friedman
Shaelin questions whether these writing rules are really unbreakable. Reedsy
Martha Alderson considers the emotional roller coaster all writers experience. Writers Helping Writers
Chris Winkle helps you send a message with your story (without getting preachy). Then, Oren Ashkenazi discusses five characters with weak motivations and how to fix them. Mythcreants
Princess Weekes considers the influence of the Byronic hero. PBS Storied
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve come away with something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe.