Fiction Circular 1/21/19

Circular Notes: Fiction Circular is focused on unearthing, presenting, congratulating and critiquing the best in new, independent fiction. By independent, we mean small presses, litmags and e-zines (with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on American works). Work is separated into three categories: Independent Authors (which covers self-published prose-works), Independent Publishers (which covers work from self-sufficient sites… Continue reading Fiction Circular 1/21/19

Mandy (2018): Excess & Acceptance

"For me, film performance is like music." —Nicolas Cage, 2018 Sundance Film Festival Cheddar Interview Panos Cosmatos' 2018 phantasmagoric horror film Mandy (script by Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn) takes place in 1983 with Red Miller (Nicolas Cage), a stoic, seemingly unhappy and aloof lumberjack who lives in a cabin in the wilderness with his lover, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough),… Continue reading Mandy (2018): Excess & Acceptance

On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

If, in your fiction writing, you can describe something in but a single word, sentence or paragraph, but choose instead to write in excess of the requisite amount for the task-to-hand, pause to consider precisely why. There are, sometimes, good reasons for writing in excess of the amount for the task-to-hand, but if due consideration… Continue reading On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

Crafting Names For Fictional Peoples By Geography & Ethnos

In fiction writing, it is quite difficult to come up with a name for a group of people, whether they be a tribe, kingdom, nation or empire. Yet, even if you come up with a good name, the meaning of the name bares some consideration for culture-building within your fictional world (ie. when the named… Continue reading Crafting Names For Fictional Peoples By Geography & Ethnos

Abyssal Arcology Actualized: The Muraka

The world's first underwater residence has been completed, its name: The Muraka (meaning 'coral' in Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives). The splendid 15 million dollar villa is located in the Maldives (Indian Ocean), as part of the Hilton's Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort; it is comprised of two levels and situated 16.5 feet below… Continue reading Abyssal Arcology Actualized: The Muraka

Fiction Circular 8/31/18

FLASH FICTION First up, Nell of The Library of Nell published a sequence of erotic microfictions entitled The Book of the Woodsman as well as the surreal, The Book of Morpheus. Decidedly evocative. Very interested to see her future works. "We raised our faces at octagon windows of colour, through mirrors, upending to infinity." --- Book… Continue reading Fiction Circular 8/31/18

Fiction Circular 8/24/18

WEEKLY FICTION | compiled by KAITER ENLESS FLASH FICTION Over at The Dark Netizen, several pieces of flash fiction most notably, Lights In The Water. I'll be perfectly frank that most flash fiction feels under developed; too airy for public consumption. Simply writing something should not predispose one to put it up for others to… Continue reading Fiction Circular 8/24/18