Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

Its', It's and Its are some of the most commonly used (and misused) three letter word-forms in English. To use them properly it should be understood that its' is always incorrect to use, thus anytime you see you're writing its', substitute it for either "it's" or "its" depending on what the sentence requires. It's and Its,… Continue reading Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

Irregardless: Clarifying A Confounding American Neologism

One of the most irascible words in the English language is the American neologism, irregardless, popularized during the 20th Century and meaning: without consideration; or, not needing to allow for; or, heedless; or, without reguard. The word is a combination of both irrespective and regardless, which raises a rather peculiar problem, namely, that both of… Continue reading Irregardless: Clarifying A Confounding American Neologism

Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Rare English Words

E. M. Forster once said, "English literature is a flying fish." Logos has gone fishing and below provides the bounty of our catch. adscititious --- additional absquatulate --- to leave somewhere abruptly anfractuous --- winding or circuitous anguilliform --- resembling an eel apple-knocker --- (US informal) an ignorant or unsophisticated person argle-bargle --- copious but… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Rare English Words

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

Fiction Circular 9/11/18

Send recommendations of independent fiction authors and collectives to logosliterature@yandex.com ♦ FLASH FICTION (under 500 words) The Dark Netizen continues his project of attempting to have the highest output of microfictions of any person ever with, Border Crossing, which tells the tale of a criminal attempting a border crossing with a bag of illicit cash.… Continue reading Fiction Circular 9/11/18

Writing Prompts 9/10/18 – Energy

prompt #1 There was nothing known not made of energy. prompt #2 The terrorists hit the power grid, hoping for a revolution, receiving instead only the slow and agonizing death of starvation. prompt#3 A million gears whirred with a synchronous clattering as the ardent machinist's great, metal citywalker roared to life and rose up from the ground… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/10/18 – Energy

The Mire

The ruddy mire impressed itself upon the mind of the man as a great and reeking carcass. He stood over the bracken and the quitch, smoking languidly, the fetid smell of the swamp ranging over his senses like a titanic and pestilential wave. The sun was robed in thick and swirling clouds above which girded… Continue reading The Mire