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Persist

Not to be discouraged by rejections is a good first step but the next one is to be persistent. Edit the old stuff, write the new and send them out. The story unsent is a dead story

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Mark’s rules of writing

Add layers. The more you have, the better. Don’t worry if some readers would miss them. The better ones won’t. Banish cliches. A bit of irony won’t hurt in most cases. Don’t moralize. There are enough preachers besides you. Don’t … Continue reading

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Always

When I see the word “always” in the question, e.g. “is writing always fun?” I always say no.

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The social media

Most of the social media is empty of nuances but full of rage.

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Ayatollah Ahasuerus

Just in time for Purim that is coming on March 1, Ayatollah Ahasuerus of Iran married a nice Jewish girl Esther. But her elderly cousin refused to bow to the Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Haman. Haman decided to … Continue reading

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Print Issue 50 of Vestal Review

Print Issue 50 of Vestal Review is ready for your perusal.

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Against blacklisting

The role of a literary magazine editor is to improve the world by publishing better stories and poetry and not by punishing writers for their wrongs through blacklisting.

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Deadly diseases for a writer

Deadly diseases for a writer: Logizomechanophobia– Fear of computers. Logophobia– Fear of words. Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.

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Politics

I prefer observations over political discussions. The former are spontaneously honest but the latter are labored and fruitless.

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The last line

Nothing lasts longer then a good last line of a novel.

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