Embrace Rejection

The following work is a transcript of the keynote speech for Rock Valley College’s 35th Annual Writing Awards Ceremony, delivered by WNIJ broadcaster and author Dan Klefstad (Shepherd & the Professor). Congratulations in advance to the writers who will be recognized tonight. I look forward to reading your work and sharing the stage with you… Continue reading Embrace Rejection

Fiction Circular 9/4/18

FLASH FICTION & SHORT STORIES New Flash Fiction published Sling Shot by Craig Fishbane. "I had pestered my father to take me on the Sling Shot ride the night of the disaster. You can actually see a photo of us standing alongside the ticket booth if you watch the documentary on the Travel Channel. My father… Continue reading Fiction Circular 9/4/18

Rothfuss, Writer’s Block & The Myth of the Author

The well known and impressively bearded fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (best known for his Kingkiller series) once said, "-people talk about writer’s block all the time, as if it were real. And it’s simply not, the truth is, it is simply hard to write sometimes. The same as any other professional or creative endeavor. But… Continue reading Rothfuss, Writer’s Block & The Myth of the Author

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2

Putting aside many of the age-old questions concerning the validity of the concept of Human Nature one can with absolute certainty say that there are Human Universals, that is, Human Generalities. Everyone who exists was born and everyone who was born will die. Everyone feels the pangs of hunger and thirst, of dread and envy, jealousy… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 1

I like what I do. Some writers have said in print that they hated writing and it was just a chore and a burden. I certainly don't feel that way about it. Sometimes it's difficult. You know, you always have this image of the perfect thing which you can never achieve, but which you never… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 1