Chapter 9: Sidelined [Slapshot!]

Luke hated needing to watch the second match on television. Of course, he couldn’t stand not watching it either, but he cringed every time a Rocket got hold of the puck or near the net, hid his face in the arm of the couch every time the Stars lost a face-off. He tore at his […]

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Chapter 10: Speakeasy [Slapshot!]

 Luke really should have known better, he knew. But the message was sitting there, tantalizing and tempting, and, in the moment, it seemed like the perfect solution. He knew even then, though, that he was going to regret it.

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The Present, the Past, and the Future Walk into a Bar …

It was tense. Tense is important for writers. Unfortunately, a lot of us get it wrong. That’s because tenses are a bit tricky to use.

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Chapter VI: First Frost [Foxtrot]

Zuru is digging himself a den. Jett is sitting on the porch, watching the fox dig. The .22 is nearby, just in case a wolf decides that it is prime time to take revenge for Wolf’s death. Zuru’s paws are still wrapped in bandages, and Jett worries he will have to wash the wounds again […]

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Get to Know: Brody

Brody Parsons is a sophomore student, in his second year in sports marketing. He’s part of the swim team, and one of the students who makes it to Worlds.

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Writer’s Insights: The Challenge of Plotting

“Are you a pantser or a plotter?”

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Chapter V: Fox Hunt [Foxtrot]

Zuru runs like he’s never run before. His tails are straight out behind him, counterbalancing him as he weaves back and forth through the foliage. Occasionally, he wags them, scattering his scent. The dogs are still gaining on him, however. Their baying rings in his ears, even as he lays them down flat.

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Why Don’t Short Stories Sell?

I was bouncing around the ‘net the other day and stumbled across a submissions call from a publisher. Curious, I clicked the link. Scrolling through the post, I saw they described their need for novels as “low,” yet their need for short stories and novellas as “high.” My first thoughts? “Oh honey, no.”

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A Visual Guide for Using Adverbs

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A Fall To-Do List

The weather has turned colder. Frost is upon the window panes. The sun is still bright, the afternoons warm, but there’s a spice, a chill in the air that speaks of the seasons turning, changing, of time moving ever onward … That means it’s time for a fall to-do list.

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