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The Other End of the Situation–A #HoldOnToTheLight guest post by Stuart Jaffe

When I was first asked to write this blog post for #HoldOntoTheLight, I agreed without hesitation. Then I tried to write this thing. But it hurt, so I put it away. I tried again, sitting in my office, thinking, staring … Continue reading

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One Rock at a Time–A #HoldOnToTheLight guest post by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

In ancient times one form of execution was to pin the accused down and pile rocks on them until they died. Until they were literally crushed and the breath squeezed out of them. This is an excellent analogy for depression. … Continue reading

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The Ship ‘Cruelty’–a #HoldOnToTheLight post by Wendy S. Delmater

The ship “Cruelty” Leaves selfishness as its wake It swamps your boat. Swim.   In 1989 I was diagnosed with chronic depression. And I had no idea I was depressed. I just thought I was sad, and lonely, and lazy. … Continue reading

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Turning Back to Epic Fantasy

by David B. Coe Like Gail, I have written in several fantasy subgenres over the course of my career, most recently taking on contemporary urban fantasy (with my Case Files of Justis Fearsson trilogy) and historical urban fantasy (with the … Continue reading

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Jumper–A #HoldOnToTheLight post by Chris Kennedy

I watched in horror as the girl slid between the rails of the 10th floor balcony, looking at the ground far, far below. It was my third year of college at the University of North Carolina, and I had come … Continue reading

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Revealing the Magic Trick

by Stuart Jaffe From time to time, I get asked how something like the Max Porter mysteries came to be.  How did I come up with the idea of mixing true, odd, North Carolina history with witches, ghosts, curses, and … Continue reading

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I love superheroes.

By James Maxey I love superheroes. Like most people, this started when I was a kid. I’d watch the Superfriends on Saturday morning. I got excited at the I Love Lucy episode that guest starred Superman. Later, the Hulk and … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

by Jennifer St. Giles What lies beyond our ability to see and touch? Have you visited a spirit laden battleground? Have you sensed the ghosts in a haunted house? Have you seen an aura of goodness glowing around a person … Continue reading

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Q&A with Jean Marie Ward

What is the title of your newest book or short story? What’s it about? Where can readers find it? My next release will be “The Clockwork Nightingale” in the Steampunk fairy tale anthology Gaslight and Grimm, coming from eSpec Books … Continue reading

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Making a Connection to Fairy Tales via Steampunk

by David Lee Summers Grimm’s Fairy Tales were among the first stories I remember hearing.  My grandmother read me such stories as “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” and “Rumpelstiltskin.”  Among the first movies I saw were Disney’s … Continue reading

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