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LGBTQ is not a genre

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Last week, a lesser-known flash fiction contest went viral due to its refusal of LGBTQ material. The contest rules were then updated to clarify, but they remain antagonistic toward LGBTQ stories.

There are plenty of flash fiction contests that do not prohibit LGBTQ stories, and some that actively seek them. NYCMidnight, which begins every July, is one I personally have done, and I submitted...

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In the news: Politics, Media, and Fall Fun

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October is shaping up to be an interesting month. Here's the bad, the good, the media, and the just plain fun.

The Bad News:

On the American political front, Brett Kavanaugh has now been confirmed and sworn in. It's more important than ever that all eligible people vote this November, regardless of your affiliation.

During a drill at school, a transgender student was the subject of debate by teachers. They didn't know which...

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Chilly weather and chilling new release

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The temperatures and the leaves are finally beginning to turn. That means more time indoors, under a pile of fluffy blankets, reading.

This month's new release is For a Glance (Serpent's Throne Trilogy #1) by Dan Ackerman. If you enjoyed Lucifer in What Everyone Deserves, you'll be please to see he has his own novel.

This is well-written and absorbing. Whether or not the characters are exactly likable is up to reader interpretations,...

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Happy #BiWeek!

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We are all about the B in LGBTQ+ today. Yesterday marked the 20th Bi Visibility Day, which kicks off Bisexual Awareness Week. You can follow the #BiWeek hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Here's how activist Robyn Ochs defines bisexuality:

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Writing tips: "show, don't tell"

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Everyone's heard "show, don't tell" at least once. It gets passed around in workshops, classes, and critique groups. It takes other forms, too. Sometimes it's labeled as "spoon-feeding" or "info-dumping," depending on the genre. It's probably the most common piece of writing advice ever given.

It's also the most meaningless.

"Show, don't tell" has a somewhat unfortunate history. It may be anti-communist propaganda, and it definitely has

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