With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack. - N. K. Jemisin

A word after a word after a word is power. - Margaret Atwood

There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. - Toni Morrison

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. - Muriel Rukeyser

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. - Oprah Winfrey

Stories are a different kind of true. - Emma Donoghue

Supporting Side Characters: The 3-D NPC

Time and time again, I hear the same critique about tv shows, novels, you name it:
"The main character was boring, but I kept watching for the side characters. They were so much more interesting."
Not that this is something we aim for, as creatives, but it does serve as a helpful reminder: that side characters are just as important as the protagonist



Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. - Anna Quindlen

A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth. - Diane Setterfield

If time and reason are functions of each other, if we are creatures of time, then we had better know it, and try to make the best of it. –Ursula LeGuin

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. - Toni Morrison

To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control. - Martha Nussbaum

Delete the adjectives and you’ll have the facts. - Harper Lee

An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length. - Virginia Woolf

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated, and reimagined if it is to survive. - Zadie Smith

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen. - Ruth Krauss

Issue 043 Author Interview: Avra Margariti and “The Lotus Wife”

Ready for the last Issue 043 author interview, dear readers? Here we have a very, ahem, transformative discussion with Avra Margariti, author of "The Lotus Wife."

LSQ: Ah, elemental love! Can you share with us the idea behind the creation of
this story? What were its influences?

Avra: "The


A word after a word after a word is power. - Margaret Atwood

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