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Stina Leicht‘s debut novel Of Blood and Honey, a historical Fantasy with an Irish Crime edge set in 1970s Northern Ireland, was released by Night Shade books in February 2011. She also has a flash fiction piece in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s surreal anthology Last Drink Bird Head.

The Prevalence of Dark YA Fiction

During the last panic over the dark trends in YA fiction, a few questions cropped up over and over: “Why are our kids are so attracted to dark literature? Why do they seem to think the older generation are out to get them? Or is this attitude merely being projected onto them?” I believe this trend in dark fiction for young adults happens for a reason, and yes, they do sense hostility from older generations. They’ve good reason for it. It exists.

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Stina Leicht‘s debut novel Of Blood and Honey, a historical Fantasy with an Irish Crime edge set in 1970s Northern Ireland, was released by Night Shade books in February 2011. She also has a flash fiction piece in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s surreal anthology Last Drink Bird Head.

Things I Learned About Good Writing from Playing Role-Playing Games

They say that in order to be a good writer, one has to have written a million bad words. Really, all this means is that good writing requires a lot of practice. That’s true of anything — sports or activities like driving or art or any profession. Talent factors in, of course, but not as much as practice and passion. Pen and paper RPGs can be a great place to practice the art of storytelling, provided your focus in the game is on storytelling and not game mechanics. That’s the main take-away here. RPGs can be a great place to practice writing skills.

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