All posts tagged: writer

Shadow Spotlight Week: Linda Addison

10.24.19 Hello dear people. We are now putting the spotlight on Linda Addison. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. She is also the first African-American to win (four times!) the Bram Stoker Award. So much to say about this writer, but I will let her work do the talking… Credit source: Oh, for the hook of a book   Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled by Linda D. Addison Descendants of the unseen, born from uterus: bruised, abused, loved, rejected. Alive, in spite of the promise of death, giving birth even while silently weeping blood.   We paint red memories of our lives before prison, on walls made from our sweat, our anger, and the blood of our children: unborn, reborn in mourning.   Descending from human to property, turning to Nyavirezi, lion goddess, for hope, for a way to survive each bitter breath, to use the growing Shadows for transformation.   Finding truth in rivers, rain, tree roots, flowers, herbs. Earth delivers healing & a way for revenge, for freedom, …

Black History Feature: Gordon Parks

2.25.19 I wanted to turn Creative Close-Up into something different for February. It’s the last week of February and yes it’s still Black History Month. The late Gordon Parks is our focus for Black History Feature. Photographer, musician, writer, and film director, he was well known for documentary photojournalism.  A few facts on Parks: Was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. Worked on a federal government project which focused on poor Americans during the 1940s, for his photographic essays for Life magazine. Directed the films The Learning Tree (1969) and Shaft (1971), along with The Super Cops (1974), Leadbelly (1976), and several others. When he was a teen, his first job was playing piano at a brothel. His song “No Love“, composed in another brothel, was performed during a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 1930s. In 1953, Parks composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Parks was not only …

Shadow Spotlight: Anne Rice

11.19.18 Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to return to literature, a writer who has resurfaced into my radar. This month’s Shadow Spotlight belongs to Anne Rice. If you don’t know who she is, let me jog your memory…Interview With the Vampire or Queen of the Damned? A writer of gothic, erotic, and then later Christian literature, Rice, is one of those writers that have put a definite stamp in vampire fiction. Rice’s books have sold over 100 million copies, which makes her the most popular authors in American history.  I’ve found a few videos of interviews with the writer to give you an insight into Rice and her views on being a writer and a few other things.          Her newest novel, Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat, which continues into the Vampire Chronicles, has just been released. You can find the newest book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed.    Image source:

Shadowbox Adding Writing Tutorials

November 12 / 16 Hey! I’ve said I wanted to add new things to the blog and here at Shadowbox, we’re adding writing tutorials. For those who are looking to a literary career, this is just for you. Like artists, it’s always important to keep your writing skills sharpened. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or master of literature. It’s always important to keep you skills in check. The tutorials will be added later today, along with the art tutorials. They will be updated every now and then. Again, if your into writing, this is just up your alley. Enjoy your weekend, be blessed!                     featured image: wallpapersafari

Scene Wednesday: Hollihock Writer’s Conference & Writeaway In Italy

August 10 / 16 Good Afternoon! This week is going a bit fast and we’re in the middle of it. It’s Hump Day Wednesday and there are two things to pass along. First, Hollihock Writer’s Conference…… (cred: HOLLIHOCK WRITERS CONFERENCE Write | Inspire | Educate | Network NEW BEDFORD, MA   AUGUST 26 – 28, 2016   Join the creative community of New England including published authors, educators, and industry professionals as we explore all aspects of the writing life. Over this three-day conference, take part in discussions about the literary world of creative writing, poetry, and non-fiction; attend panels to learn tips on finding an agent and writing query letters; get your hands dirty in workshops and master classes; and hear professional writers share their work. Hollihock welcomes writers in any phase of their literary life, from beginners intimidated by the blank page, to published professionals looking for a network of fellow creative thinkers to share ideas. Join us August 26-28, 2016 and immerse yourself in the creative world for a wonderful weekend of …

More Scene Wednesday: Conference & Retreat

March 16 / 16 And we’re back with more great stuff! A writers’ conference and novel retreat to post today. Read on……. (cred: Vermont College of Fine Arts)   VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS NOVEL RETREAT May 24-30, 2016   Ru Freeman – Immersion writing Clint McCown – Manuscript critiques  Connie May Fowler – Process discussions Imagine yourself in Vermont this Spring, surrounded by others who share your passion, and immersed in your writing in an atmosphere designed to inspire.     21st ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE August 8-14, 2016 Creative Nonfiction Richard McCann Sue William Silverman Anthony Swofford Joan Wickersham Novel Andre Dubus III Ann Hood Lee Martin Short Story Steve Almond Ellen Lesser Poetry Eduardo C. Corral Poetry Manuscript Kathleen Graber Patricia Smith David Wojahn Kevin Young “You have perfected the writers’ conference as we know it.” – PWC Participant If your interested in attending on or both, just go to the sites listed. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday and be blessed! featured cred: unknown

Crimson Peak Fan Trivia: Guillermo del Toro

September 21, 2015 Hello! The final Crimson Peak Fan Trivia and it’s none other than director Guillermo del Toro. Not only does he direct the film, but he’s also one of the producers and writers. Let’s see what we can learn from the creative del Toro.   1. Name this 2013 supernatural horror, fantasy film that del Toro produce which stars Jessica Chastain. 2. del Toro has collaborated with this actor in a total of six films.  A. Tom Hiddleston B. Ron Perlman C. Wesley Snipes 3. del Toro directed this 1997 science fiction horror film, which featured Mira Sorvino as an entomologist against an army of insects… 4. del Toro was originally chosen to direct this 2012 fantasy film, but became one of the screenwriters for all three films, the last released in 2014, based on the novel by J.R.R Tolkien.  5. Lastly, this is an easy one. del Toro is the director, producer, and writer for this current FX TV series, which he and Chuck Hogan created based on their novel trilogy of the …

Lit-Scene Weekend: Ridgefield Writers Conference

September 5, 2015 Hello again! I have just found and I do mean just found this writers conference to post here for you. As always short and to the point…   RIDGEFIELD WRITERS CONFERENCE September 25 – 26, 2015 Ridgefield, CT Faculty: Michael White (fiction, master class), Chris Belden (fiction), Sonya Huber (nonfiction), Karen Osborn (storytelling), Adele Annesi (narrative), James Chesbro (creative nonfiction). Panels with editors, agents, publishers. Keynote by Lary Bloom. Friday and Saturday evening reading/receptions. Fee: $175 ($150 before July 1) like I said, I’ve just found this out….. If your interested in attending, better take advantage of it! A new Crimson Peak Fan trivia question will be here Monday. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend, be blessed!     featured image unknown