Leslye PJ Reaves

Leslye is a web developer, indie filmmaker and writer - not always in that order.

 

Pushcart Prize Nominat...

Having just come out with the third issue of The Quotable, we’re pleased to announce our nominations for the 2011 Pushcart Prize. Every year, small and independent publishers may nominate six literary works published that year for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.  Here are the nominees...

The Art of the eBook

It's a conflict that has perhaps raged since the dawn of time. Art or entertainment?

Top 7 Things I Learned...

If you haven’t already, check out my AWP conference wrap-up.  Here are the top 7 things I learned,  in no particular order: 1. The reports of the death of print are greatly exaggerated. It’s more of an evolution, or perhaps a mutation. Case in point: for all the talk of ebook...

AWP 2011 Wrap-Up

Last week I made my triumphant return to my hometown (of course, I hate how people from the suburbs claim to be from DC, so technically a location pretty close to my hometown) for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, better known as AWP. I made the decision rather...

Introducing Your Chara...

This is the first in our video series featuring information and techniques for crafting your stories. Thanks to Alicia & Helen Dekker for the toy wrangling and production assistance that made this video possible.

Writing Everyday

So today is Day 17 of my 750words.com January challenge.  I’m happy to report that I’m on a 17 day streak of writing about 3 pages each day.  Some days, it’s not until 11:30pm when I realize that I’m about to lose and need to step up to the plate and bang something out.  Some days...

Three places to write ...

Thumbscribes What is it? This site allows you to create a stories and poems collaboratively – exquisite corpse style. Create a private ‘scribe’ with people you know, or participate in the art of creation with people from around the world. Why? You never know what you’re...

Fran Lebowitz Dec10

Fran Lebowitz

When I was very little, say five or six, I became aware of the fact that people wrote books. Before that, I thought that God wrote books. I thought a book was a manifestation of nature, like a tree. . . Then I wanted to be a writer, because, I suppose, it seemed the closest thing to being...

Tips to Nurture Your C...

Okay, here are my time-tested tips for encouraging and improving creativity: Be nosy. Forget. Keep it moving. Steal. Give up. Recently I was talking to a friend about our new literary magazine and he remarked that he wished he were creative enough to write. He said he had lots of ideas,...

Mark Twain on Adjectives Nov01

Mark Twain on Adjectiv...

You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under...

When do you call yours...

I was out with my husband at the movies one day and ran into a woman whom I had met in a writing class a few months before.  I introduced her to my husband by saying, “This is so-and-so, she’s a poet.”  I had no qualms whatsoever about using that identifier since I always...