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  • Michael Lista is guest editing The Afterword this week. Lista's first book of poetry, Bloom, was recently published by House of Anansi Press. The book re-imagines the events of May 21, 1946, when a Canadian scientist named Louis Slotin was injured -- and later died -- during a mishap while working on the Manhattan Project.Judge it by its cover; buy the newest issue of Bookforum. The content’s fine (it includes a review of Yann Martel’s newest offering) but the real bang for your buck is staring you down from the newsstand: Samuel Beckett in short-shorts, a lavender T-shirt, leather...
  • It’s easy to see that not all WordPress blogs are created equally – some definitely rank better than others. Of the various blogging solutions out there, WordPress remains at the top of its field. You can see it almost everywhere you look. WordPress uses a CMS system which offers a great deal of flexibility, as well as a simple way to attain a higher ranking through Google and other big search eengines, which makes it a popular choice. The WordPress platform also includes exceptional, advanced features which permit search engine optimization for your website. The value of organic...
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  • Therese here. Today’s guest is the original Writer Mama, Christina Katz, author of three books for writers, including The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques, out in print as of this past Tuesday. The Writer’s Workout joins Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writer Mama in a star collection of writerly helpmates authored by [...]
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The elements of fiction are: character, plot, setting, theme, and style. Of these five elements, character is the who, plot is the what, setting is the where and when, and style is the how of a story.