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SAY WHAT?   Cultural References in World-Building by Pamela Jaye Smith

I was recently at a pitch session where novelists and screenwriters were giving three-minute overviews meant to engage and interest publishers and producers in their novels or screenplays. Our task was to assess the pitches and offer comments and suggestions. What stood out were two pitches that did not give enough information about the world …
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Can Wimmen Save the Wurld? by Pamela Jaye Smith

Men have pretty much run the show for the last 5,000 years or so. Yes, there have been some absolutely amazing accomplishments in science, art, medicine, music, architecture, literature, exploration, inventiveness, and socio-politics mostly attributable to the male of our species. However, there are definitely some down-sides to a male-dominated system and we’re all feeling …
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Politics and Character Arcs by Pamela Jaye Smith

The world today is all aswirl in the frenzy of political conflict. People are marching in the streets, having shout-down fights in chambers of legislation, passing or revoking laws depending on often narrowly-focused agendas, disparaging different groups and parties, and too often, killing each other over ideologies.   What the heck is this all about? …