Getting romance right

Getting romance right

It’s Valentine’s Day, so bring forth the obligatory love-centric posts, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m in the camp where when I’m reading or watching a movie and I see good things happening, birds singing, and especially main characters falling in love, I get suspicious. I sense something’s coming. Usually it’s something bad. Like a dinosaur,

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When Crying’s A Good Thing

When Crying’s A Good Thing

A fellow writer recently asked a group of us (also writers), “When you read a book or watch a movie, what moments in those works make you Ugly Cry?” We’re not talking a solitary tear rolling down your cheek. Oh, no. We’re looking for what makes you bawl like a toddler who’s just been informed

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Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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Who’s running for president again?

Who’s running for president again?

BREAKING NEWS: Crosshair Press has learned that several more candidates have joined the race for President of the United States. We thought it might be helpful to give you a breakdown of their main platforms so you’ll be able to issue an educated vote when the time comes. Gollum The Precious Party Is a strong supporter

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Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

It’s only the start of February, but stores have been advertising heart-shaped candy boxes and jewelry for at least the past two weeks. Valentine’s Day is coming! But is it really that huge a deal? My best friends and I used to call it Singles Awareness Day and, they might hate me for talking about

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Coffeeshop Talk: Tracing the Past

Coffeeshop Talk: Tracing the Past

My uncle visited us this week. You might not think much of that statement, but what it really means is that he made the long trek from his home all the way on the West Coast and drove a truck to deliver some furniture (nothing fancy, just some things I wanted from my grandma who

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Ask the Critics: 2015 Movie Outlook

Ask the Critics: 2015 Movie Outlook

2015 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for movies, especially sequels. There are a lot of new movies coming, as well as some reboots and extensions. This is just a quick list of the movies I’m looking forward to in 2015. It’s not exhaustive, by any stretch of the imagination. There are

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Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

I recently had the pleasure of having one of our other Crosshair Press editors visit our home in New Jersey. We were chatting at one point about CP projects we’re working on (Stay tuned! We’ve got some awesome news coming up!) and our personal works-in-progress. It reminded me how important it is to share our

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Coffeeshop Talk: Waiting for the storm

Coffeeshop Talk: Waiting for the storm

Around this time of year, people usually talk about happy things, like new life,  spring, bunnies, and marshmallow peeps. I’m personally planning on stocking up on Easter candy the day after — perfect plan, right? This past week was also Palm Sunday, a day that, in the story of Christ’s life here on earth, comes

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My Writing Journey: Always Moving Forward

My Writing Journey: Always Moving Forward

My plan for my life has always been to be a writer. When I was 5, I copied every word from my bedtime story books onto bright neon paper. Technically, yes, it was plagiarism. But for me, it was my first great attempt at my own grand novel. I was pretty thrilled with my books,

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