collage by Melanie Lamaga

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist announcement: 17 April from London, 08 March 2012: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2012 longlist. Now in its seventeenth year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world. The […] Read more »

Self-Editing for Writers

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly Here’s a fun infographic from Copyblogger. The English language is a carnival ride, and even very intelligent and educated people make the occasional error. However, some common errors are easily avoided once you know what to look for. Remember, people do judge you by how you present […] Read more »



a short story by Melanie Lamaga This story appeared previously in Zahir magazine and anthology. After you left I turned to stone: white marble woman at kitchen table.  The cup of tea I’d been drinking when you looked at me for the last time cooled and began the slow process of evaporation. This is it, I […] Read more »

“Invisible Heist”

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 fiction by Melanie Lamaga This story appeared previously in “Fiction International #38, Sacred/Shamanic.” Imagine a bank teller.  You know the type: slender, blonde, luminously clean, except that her fingers are coated with invisible money-paste made of microscopic flecks of skin, mixed with dirt and oil. Still, she seems to shimmer pink and gold in the […] Read more »


Descent, illustration of "Glow" in The Tusculum Review

by Melanie Lamaga This story appeared previously in The Tusculum Review “Doesn’t my skin have a splendid glow in refrigerator light?” Aunt Jo asked. I told her it did. “It’s because this light is yellow, incandescent, not green like those goddamn fluorescents. Never use those Frankie! They’ll kill you.” Aunt Jo was sitting on the […] Read more »

Boost Your Creative Energy in 5 Minutes

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Are You Breathing? This might sound like a strange question to ask, but in fact, deep breathing is one of the most important things we can do to nurture ourselves and restore energy. If you need a quick pick-up, forget about coffee or those 5 hour energy drinks. If you straighten your spine and just […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance, Part 5

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Abundance is Already Yours. Quantum Physics teaches us that linear time is an illusion. Many on the cutting edge of science, as well as those in the areas of metaphysics and religion, say that everything that ever happened or will happen is still happening. Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds interpretation posits, in a nutshell, that anything […] Read more »