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Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.

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Once upon a time, I was a huge fan of DC comics. I read anything and everything pertaining to Batman, Batgirl, Oracle, Robin, Black Canary, Zatanna, and a handful of other characters. Oddly enough, though, I had a very hard time connecting with Wonder Woman. Strange, considering that she is one of DC's few explicitly, openly polytheist characters -- and a Hellenic Pagan, to boot, just like me. I found the occasional one-shot or miniseries that I enjoyed, and the Golden Age comics were awesome, but for the most part, the mainstream Wonder Woman series left me cold.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I read "Our Gods Wear Spandex" twice cover to cover before the local library deleted it from their collection. "Graven Images" i
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Anthony: very interesting. I will have to find that book. Speaking of superheroes, have you read "Our Gods Wear Spandex" by Know
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    When I was in high school back in the 70's there was a book in the school library; I remember the title as "Hidden Countries of th

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I love to write, and, like many writers, I submit my work for possible publication in a wide variety of venues: print journals, digital journals, poetry and fiction anthologies, blogs, you name it. More often than not, my work is rejected, not accepted. I'd say I have something in the range of a thirty percent acceptance rate.

Even though rejection is the norm, it still hurts. When it is a story about which I feel particularly passionate, it really hurts. Such was the case recently when I submitted my first-ever complete novel -- and I got back an automated "This isn't for us, thank you anyway" from the publisher.

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Title: Hainted

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    I have not read Ford's Apocalyptic novel, but I am in the middle of Black Dgo Blues.
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    @Tammy Nelson: Yep, I love the Whyborne and Griffin series; I have read them all, to date, including the short stories. I've read
  • Tammy Nelson
    Tammy Nelson says #
    Oh my goodness! You've just named two of my other absolute favorite authors.LOL Those three were my introduction into the non fanf
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    Tammy Nelson says #
    I love this author! It was a different series that got me hooked, but I have devoured every single book she has published. She ha

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A few months back, I wrote about a few of the many Pagan-friendly ebooks which are available for free, or very inexpensively.* Such books can be a great way for readers to discover new writers, and for writers to attract new readers. Well, I have since discovered a few more (I can't help it; I'm a book addict).

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Title: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

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[Every writer has her favorite stories. One of mine is "Sophie and Zoe at the End of the World," which I was honored to have published in The Future Fire. I was even more surprised, and pleased, when I saw that the story had been illustrated -- complete with cover art! -- by Robin Kaplan.

[As part of the tenth anniversary celebration of The Future Fire, plans are under way to release an anthology of the zine's best stories. Contributors have been invited to participate in interviews and contests, write flash fiction sequels to their stories, and so on. There's even a micro fiction contest centered around the theme of "ten."

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Today, 31 July, marks to first Polytheistic Day of Protest and Remembrance. This Day was established to honor the numerous ancient and sacred sites threatened, or even destroyed, by Daesh. As the official website notes:

This is not a Syrian issue. This is not a Muslim issue. This is a world issue. It is a human issue. Daesh is purposely targeting memory. They’re targeting their history, and their own physical connection with their polytheistic ancestors. It is done to demoralize, terrorize, and desecrate.

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