Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Faegotten - Granted

Episode Six, "Granted," in the Faegotten series is now posted on Copper Wire. This is the last story in this series.

Apparently something went wrong at the end of the last story, and we got stuck in the fairy's world. See what she does to get us back home. http://www.scribblersandinkspillers.com/copperwire/granted.html

If you have any comments about this story or any of the others on Copper Wire, you can email them to me at Diana at scribblersandinkspillers dot com.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Impact of Words

I've belonged to various writer's forums for the past four years. Without exception, there are always a few writers who do not seem to grasp the concept that some words are inflammatory. That phrasing one's thoughts in a certain manner can get people riled up.

Words can be very powerful. And the manner in which something is phrased even more so. People who write propaganda know this and use it to great effect.

What blows my mind is the number of people who are writing fiction who do not or can not grasp that concept. How can they hope to write a great story, if they can not choose their words and express themselves in such a manner as to not be offensive?

But, what really blows my mind are the people who excuse their inability to have a conversation without attacking the other person with the justification that that's the way they are and their not going to be mambypamby about how they express themselves.

Seriously, they're writers, and they can't figure out how to express their opinion without attacking someone?

How does that work?

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Hymn of Omens

A treat for Monday: The next installment in "The Annals of Hypnosia," "The Hymn of Omens," is now posted on the website. http://www.scribblersandinkspillers.com/hypnosia/hymnofomens.html

I really like Mette's artwork for her series, especially the images for this month and last month.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


And without further ado, Emerald Tales; Volume Two, Number One, Carnivale, is now for sale!

Saint Jake of the Funhouse - Douglas Kolacki - short story
New Profession - Guy Belleranti - poem
Offbeat - Lauren McBride - short story
me and the fair - josh byer - poem
The Hurdy Gurdy Man - E. Hull - short story
Lagniappe - Catherine Moore - poem
Farewell to Flesh - Lindsey Duncan - short story
Venice - Patricia La Barbera - poem
The Tatooed Woman - Christine Rains - short story
New Orleans; Circa Fat Tuesday - Darrell Lindsey - poem
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down - Damien Walters Grintalis - short story
Winter Carnival - Patty Saturn - poem
The Wild Hunt - Kristina Lee - short story
Milano, Coming Home - George Moore - poem
Mascaren - Ben A. Bell - shor story
Equestrienne - John Hayes - poem
All the Fun of the Fair - Peter Caunt - short story

A school friend goes to visit Saint Jake; an alien encounters a young woman at Carnivale in Brazil; a child listens to the music of The Hurdy Gurdy Man; A dancer's night of farewell to flesh; there something different about those tattoos; a young couple's encounter with a voodoo man at Mardi Gras; teenagers attend a carnival passing through town; a young woman's encounter with a mask seller; and two young boys go for a carnival ride. With poetry by: Guy Belleranti, josh byer, Catherine Moore, Patricia La Barbera, Darrell Lindsey, Patty Saturn, George Moore, and John Hayes.

If some of those names look familiar, well, yes, they have contributed to previous issues of Emerald Tales. The more issues that I put out, the more repeat submissions I get, and the harder it is to decide which ones to use and which ones to pass on. I've said this before and I'll say it again: If you all would start submitting crap, it would make the decision process so much easier. It's torture to pass on a previous contributor's well-written but just doesn't fit the theme story. On the other hand, it's always a delight to find new-to-me authors and poets to publish.

I'm caught up on acknowledging the Emerald Tales submissions. If you submitted to "It was a bright and sunny day" issue and you didn't get an acknowledgement from me, send it to me again. Today.

I am not caught up on Crystal Codices. I will be wading through those next.