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Closing Down of Unleaded: Fuel for Writers

It’s been a long way since the very first post in May of 2009. Even longer since NR Brown and I first discussed setting up a writing-related website. I still remember when and where we came up with the name. We were at a gas station filling up the car.

It has been a long and wonderful journey and we’ve been proud to have some amazing authors. We are also humbled and grateful by folks who have been a part of our community of readers. Thank you.  Y’all are rockstars in my book. 🙂

But like all good things, this too, must come to an end. With the passage of time, I’ve found a significant incease in other responsibilities (work, family, creative endeavors) that take me away from a regular posting schedule. As such, rather than continue to have the site linger, we will be it closing down. There will be no new posts or reviews, however, we will be keeping/leaving the website up for archival purposes. You can still read through all the articles, videos, reviews, and information from our fantastic guests.

Keep reading, keep learning, keep writing!

Best,
Day and the Unleaded Team

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Keep #Writing. No Matter What.

Writers and poets have been persecuted throughout history because words have power. Ideas, and the words that carry them, are dangerous. We have the knowledge and the skills and we shall wield our pens as swords in defense of the vulnerable. - Day Al-Mohamed

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#Writing Advice: Video Saturday – Terry Brooks “Why I Write about Elves”

I read Terry Brooks‘ Shannara novels years ago when I was just a teeny tiny girl. I still have vague memories of the Elfstones and the Wishsong. I also just recently discovered the television series on MTV. And now I am passing this video of him giving a TED talk to you. 🙂 “Why I Write about Elves” is a great talk and a wonderful glimpse into his love of genre fiction.

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Video Saturday: #Writing Advice from Nalo Hopkinson (How to Write Descriptively)

Great video today on writing descriptively from Ted Ed by award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson. Hey, the fact this video starts with these lines…I was hooked.

“Her legs were noodles. She began to question her half culinary existence when she realized her hair was poison needles.”

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Insomnia Jeopardy (and yes, #writing is a part of it)

Well, I’m up not sleeping so thought I’d get an early post up for Saturday. Guess, what, it would seem that the underlying reasons for my own insomnia are not too unusual. Though rather than ideas for a screenplay, I also have ideas for novels running through my brain.  Usually naked. What? I’m sure you’re just the same 😉

“For the nights when counting sheep doesn’t help.” Cartoon by Roz Chast of the New Yorker.

Insomnia

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Genres and Subgenres in a Handy Little Map

I don’t want to make this an overly complicated or deep post. Mostly this is just set-up for this week’s discussion on “Hybrid Genres.” Below is an interesting and thought-provoking “map” of genre fiction and all of its attendant subgenres. You may be aware of more subgroups or disagree with the categorization but it does make you consider exactly what is it you are writing/reading.

Genre Map


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