Speculative fiction is an umbrella term.
It's that time of the week again, where I introduce you to five words you may or may not be familiar with. This week's theme is a writer's words. Amalgamate - (v.) to combine, unite, merge, or mix to form a single thing. The sisters will amalgamate their savings to buy a yacht. Loquacious - (adj.)… Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays: A Writer’s Words
Don't ask me why I decided to be a writer; the answer is not a straight line, and if I could tell you, I'd likely complicate it. All I know is books have always been a part of me. I cannot remember the very first book that caught my eye. I know I read Stella… Continue reading I am a writer
You're always leaving me. You make it hard to stay, to breathe. I hear the pounding of my heart, a series of uncertain knocks in my chest. Is anyone home? No, we've camped out for the nighttime, underneath a canopy of trees. I wait for him to break the silence again. I sense his smile… Continue reading Elsewhere, We Became #3
Lena, You asked me how I became strong. How did we, of the same origins - of the same cloth -become so different? I recall shrugging and refusing to look at you when I said, "Some people are just born like that." Isn't that what I said? I might have mentioned that sometimes people are… Continue reading Elsewhere, We Became #2
Writers are people, too. We, like many humans, experience fear, and anxiety when it comes to stringing our souls across the page in sentences. There's an uncertainty that inherently comes with being a writer and it's born out of our humanity. Here are three fears we writers must face: You have zero talent. I'm guilty of… Continue reading 3 Fears Every Writer Experiences
When I finished PCSR, I went on the grand adventure of seeking beta readers and the process was not without its flaws. For one, I didn't know much about beta readers or their purpose and I didn't know where to find them. After this whole process, I made a beta reader wish-list. During the beta… Continue reading 6 Ways To Be A Better Beta Reader
Maybe it's all in my head. I recall a conversation with a friend in high school. She suggested I turn my poems into songs because, according to her, "that'd be cool." I disagreed with her, attempting to explain all the reasons why my poems couldn't be songs or why songs aren't considered poems. In hindsight,… Continue reading To Whom It May Concern: I’m Terrible At Query Letters.
Emily Rodgers is a Pittsburgh-based adjunct English professor at AI, Duquesne University, and the Community College of Allegheny County. Outside of her role as an instructor, Rodgers is a musician who is both singer and songwriter in Emily Rodgers Band. She has been praised by NPR All Songs Considered, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Burgh Sounds, Pittsburgh City-Paper,… Continue reading Q&A with Emily Rodgers