#FicFest 2017: The Whats, The Whys, The Whos & The Hows!

Oct 4th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 7 min read

THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED Earlier this year, #FicFest was one of the trending topics on Twitter. Writers all over the world were sending in their manuscripts to the brand new contest in hopes that their hearts and souls would be put in front of all the right people. What they found were mentors willing to dedicate their time to help them perfect their work,...

Guest Post: Submissiphobia Part II

Sep 25th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 8 min read

Writing A Book Review Welcome back, blog readers! I promised you in my last guest post that I would say a bit more about writing book reviews. To recap, a book review has three main purposes: to persuade (or dissuade) a potential reader, to help out an author you like, and, to provide an opportunity for reflection and writing practice, particularly for those of us...

Exquisite Alien Consequences

Aug 12th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

Did you ever play Picture Consequences as a child? You know, the game where you'd draw the head of an alien, fold the piece of paper over and hand it on to the next person who'd draw the body, fold it over and hand it to the third person who would draw the feet? If you did, CONGRATULATIONS you had one amazing childhood! If you didn’t,...

Guest Post: Submissiphobia

Aug 8th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 7 min read

I have met a lot of unpublished writers (in fact, I’m one of them) and each one dreams of seeing their book on the shelves of a bookstore. But there’s the problem: it’s not going to happen if all you’re doing is writing stories and dreaming. So many of the writers I encounter in my critique group, or even in conferences, have never submitted anything for...