“The real writer is one who really writes.”
Marge Piercy

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March 18, 2013
Skipping Stones
by Devin Miller (his blog)
Mr. Miller has had over a dozen of his stories published, but this is his first professional sale, so a congratulations goes out to him! It’s quite a feat and a wonderful feeling. Onto the story, I didn’t care for it the first read-through. The second time, I realized how touching of a story it actually is. It’s about a people who skip from planet to planet because years ago they had to leave their home world due to its impending death. However, as families merge, there are some people in the older generation who have to remain on whatever planet their pod brought them. It is a short story, but Mr. Miller could expand this idea if he desired to. Worth reading! You can read Skipping Stones here.

March 19, 2013
The Tying of Tongues
by Kristi DeMeester
Before I even started reading the story, there’s a disclaimer saying it’s an adult, disturbing, haunting tale. Totally not the type I would typically read, but I thought I’d read it in order to place a review about it. The story is narrated by a girl named Anya and it includes a mysterious, hooded woman who comes into the village, bleeding. It was written well, but it does involve some blatant sexual references and even a rape. Personally, I wouldn’t want to read it again, but I liked the flow of the piece and it had a tone of tragedy underlying its entirety. Skillful writer. You can read The Tying of Tongues here.

March 20, 2013
The Man and the River
by Therese Pieczynski
This was more an allegory or a metaphor than it was a story. It was rather odd, as well. A man who marries a river but fears the alligator inside the river… Quite frankly, to me, it appeared that the author substituted the need to get across the metaphor or “the point” more than telling a story and giving a character that the reader could connect with. You can read The Man and the River here.

March 21, 2013
Shadow Play
by Liz Argall
Wow. You could get really lost in this story. In the “shadow play” if you will. The story focuses around an aged shape-shifter who resorts to the shadow puppet lifestyle, giving shadow plays from a booth in a playhouse theater. It is not often I come across a story that I think is written in the second person well, but Liz Argall did a great job with that. Beyond that, the words she chose to paint the scenes, the characters, the tone… It was enjoyable. Read Shadow Play here.

March 22, 2013
Foundering Fathers
by Brian K. Lowe (his blog)
What a fun ride this story took me on! It begins with Webster and Soames, two guys who are living in the 26th century. Due to a time machine, they find themselves in the year 1775. Exploring the surroundings alone, Webster enters a bar and makes a couple of fast friends named Paul Revere and William Dawes. By the time the three have had multiple drinks, Soames arrives and realizes that this night was April 18, 1775 — the very night Revere and Dawes were supposed to warn their comrades about the coming British troops! Often a good sign when altering history is at stake… Great story! Webster is a good narrator, an amusing character. And you can read Foundering Fathers here.

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