Roundabout Views

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05/07/2015 - 1:50pm

I don’t think writers need to be reminded of our frail egos. The validation of a personal response on a rejection letter, getting an honorable mention in a contest, having our writing group say more positive than negative things are like life support to the tiny muse who so often goes Code Blue on our shoulders.

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05/07/2015 - 1:42pm

The lights go out, and all that is left is a microphone, a microphone stand, and a red rug, lit by a single spotlight.

If you are anything like me, you struggle with nerves and you have to force yourself to do the things that you want to do, and this scenario is the equivalent to seeing the Grim Reaper walk up to you, and point directly into your soul.

Fresh Asphalt Article
03/26/2015 - 12:11pm

Mile Marker Review and Creative Claws is having a low/no-budget short silent film contest, with a screening to follow!
The contest will run from March 26 until the deadline on March 30th at noon. (either drop off a DVD or email your file to

Best films will be screened at the Wright Room at 7 pm on March 31st!  No experience necessary. All you need are a few friends, a camera or smart phone, some spare time, and some effort.

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03/20/2015 - 2:19pm

 “It’s not normally this much fun. I almost never get awards and a library card.”

     That was how Neil Gaiman began An Evening With Neil Gaiman in Tulsa, Tuesday night, March 10th.


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03/09/2015 - 5:24pm

For the past couple of days, I have been feeling kind of down.  You see, I am at the time in my life where the great majority of my friends are getting into serious relationships, and even getting married, while I have been single for a while with no real hope of finding anyone in the near future.  I know what you may be thinking: what does this have to do with writing, or being creative in any sort of way?  I promise though, I do have my reasoning.

Fresh Asphalt Article
02/03/2015 - 4:15pm

As a writer, you must figure out which words would work best for your story.  The power of words can easily make or break what you’re writing, no matter what it is.  You want to be descriptive with your words, but also remember to keep things simple.  Sometimes when a word or words aren’t coming to me, I will take a break, and come back with fresh ideas.  Word description is also a great thing for a fellow editor/reader to look at when reading your work before publishing it.

In the following article, Cris Freese goes in deeper on this topic: