Ochre Sepulchre

Hraban Amsler came to the end of the forest path and continued apace. The sparse, charming wood thickening swiftly before him. Ochre and gold. Colors the harbingers of Fall. He knew the route well and yet felt as if he'd taken a wrong turning. The feeling came unbidden into his mind, though the man knew… Continue reading Ochre Sepulchre

Fiction Circular 3/8/19

§00. Editor’s note: links affixed to author/publisher’s name will redirect to author/publisher social media, links affixed to story/article titles will redirect to the site whereupon the named piece is archived. The ‘authors’ section focuses on lone individuals who publish their own literary work, ‘organizations’ section focuses upon independent presses, lit-mags, e-zines and other literary organizations who… Continue reading Fiction Circular 3/8/19

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Of the essentials of a story, characters, theme, style and setting, the latter is perhaps the most difficult for new or dilettante writers to manage. Take for example this first paragraph excerpt from the short story Family Gathering by Paul Beckman from Fictive Dream (a excellent site). The laughers come first. They always arrive early… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

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

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

Writing Prompt 9/22/18 – Obsession

#1 No matter the time of day, his thoughts turned ever to the case, to that fragile, crumpled body lying at the base of the willow... #2 Her idee fixe compelled her to follow him, despite the racing of her heart, rattling in her chest like the war drums of some agued god... #3 "You're… Continue reading Writing Prompt 9/22/18 – Obsession

Writing Prompts 9/6/18

Writing prompts - a word or sentence meant to act as the catalyst to a piece of prose or poetry - is a very useful tool for generating ideas, producing more motivation and increasing one's writing output generally. Most writing prompts, however, are just a single word, and usually, a word that can be used… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/6/18