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Writer’s Bone Podcast: ‘Smothered’ Author Talks Inspiration and Character Crafting

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Megan Cassidy, author of  the recently published Smothered, talks to Daniel Ford about what inspired her to write an epistolary novel, crafting characters outside of a typical narrative structure, and exploring how people react and dissect sensational crimes. Megan Cassidy is an author and English professor from Lockport, NY. Her first novel, Always, Jessie was recently published by Saguaro books. Megan’s other work has been featured in Pilcrow & Dagger, Wordhaus, The Flash Fiction Press, 100 Words, and Fiction on the Web. To learn more about Megan Cassidy, visit her official website, visit 50/50 Press’ official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MeganEileenC and @FiftyFiftyPress. Also listen to our first interview with the author!    …

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Samantha Jayne and Quarter Life Poetry

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The creator of the popular Quarter Life Poetry Tumblr and Instagram tackles real-life truths of work, money, sex, and many other 20-something challenges in this laugh-out-loud collection of poetry. Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn’t as glamorous as all undergrads think it’s going to be… because she’s currently living it. At 25, Samantha began creating doodles and funny poems about her #struggle to share with friends on Instagram. To her surprise, these poems were picked up by 20-somethings all around the world who agreed, “This is literally us.” At a time when it seems like everyone else is getting married, snagging a dream job, and paying off their student loans, Samantha’s poetry captures the voice of young people everywhere…

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52 strategies to change your life—gradually and permanently

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 So, I lost eighty pounds over the course of a year and a half. Two things make it worthwhile: one, stepping on the scale and seeing the actual numbers. And two, hearing friends and family tell me, “you look great!” And yeah, I revel in that, because it’s quite an accomplishment. Eighty pounds worth of accomplishment, as a matter of fact. Just as I’m enjoying my moment, they’ll ask me, “How did you do it?” As if there were some kind of pill that I took, or a magic weight-loss booth that I locked myself into. The actual answer is simple: diet, exercise and most of all, patience. The diet and exercise part is easy (“You mean if I stop…

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