Dear Writing: a Love Letter (sort of…)

Dear Writing,

I hate to be dramatic, but we need to talk. There are some things I need to get off my chest, things I’ve been meaning to share with you for some time now, but haven’t had the balls. The truth is, I’m afraid it will run you off, and I can’t imagine my life without you in it.

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Caleb Stephens
Editor Pet Peeves: Get Your Mind out of the Dump!

As the Assistant Editor for Hinnom Magazine, a bi-monthly publication of excellent weird/dark fiction, I get the pleasure of reading a lot of short stories.

One of the benefits of so much reading is learning to spot the little things that hold a story back. Things that, if corrected, can take a story to the next level. And they often really are the little things — just enough clutter to send an otherwise great story to the rejection heap. In today’s post, I’m going to discuss the dreaded info dump. 

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Caleb Stephens
Editor Pet Peeves: Take off that Filter!

As the Assistant Editor for Hinnom Magazine, a bi-monthly publication of excellent weird/dark fiction, I get the pleasure of reading a lot of short stories.

And I do mean A LOT.

One of the benefits of so much reading is learning to spot the little things that hold a story back. Things that, if corrected, can take a story to the next level.

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Caleb Stephens
Assistant Editor - Hinnom Magazine

Well, it's official...I've duped the folks over at Hinnom Magazine into thinking I know a thing or two about editing and they've made me one of their assistant editors. I'm super excited and honored to be a part of such a fantastic magazine! 

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Caleb Stephens
My interview with author, editor, and ghost writer Preston Copeland

Author Preston Copeland recently invited me to chat about my short story writing process. The interview included several excellent and thought-provoking questions, and I very much appreciated discussing these questions with Preston. Preston is the author of several fiction and non-fiction works. He is an excellent editor and I look forward to watching the progression of his writing career.

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Caleb Stephens
Why it's so hard to say, "I'm an author."

Picture this: It's been a stressful day at the office, and you're out for drinks with a couple of co-workers, chatting about what you'd be doing if it weren't working. There's talk of golf or starting a business or moving to a ski village and bumming around for a few years. Maybe a trip or two to the beach. Then the conversation reaches you. You don't want to say it, you've been here before, you know how this goes, but it bubbles out anyways.

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Caleb Stephens