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Jerry and Sharon Ahern’s “America Undead” (by Phil Elmore)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Jerry and Sharon Ahern’s “America Undead” (by Phil Elmore)

As a teenager I was a huge fan of Jerry Ahern, whose series The Survivalist was not just entertaining, but also educational. Jerry knew his way around firearms and never failed to fill his books with knowledge. He was also something of a frustrated science fiction author, as most of his books eventually veered... »

Survive: Live Well and Live Wisely

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Survive: Live Well and Live Wisely

To be billed next to Jerry and Sharon Ahern, not to mention Bob Anderson, is a pretty big box checked on my list of life achievements. As a teenager I loved Jerry Ahern’s Survivalist series. I would later go on to write a new... »

Ode to the Cast-Elimination Film

Sunday, June 4, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Ode to the Cast-Elimination Film

One of the most enjoyable and interesting things about writing is finding the common themes, methods, and mechanisms employed by writers across a culture or category. In screenwriting, for example, there are only so many tropes that can be employed, only so many plot... »


Getting Paid as a Working Writer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Getting Paid as a Working Writer

If you are a working writer, you must be getting paid. Working “on spec,” or on speculation, means you’re working with the hope that you’ll be able to make... »

The History of Fidget Toys

Friday, April 21, 2017
By Phil Elmore
The History of Fidget Toys

It all started with torqbars. Or maybe it was tops. It was definitely furthered with fidget cubes and spinners. And now everybody sells them, even your local grocery store.... »

The Etiquette of E-Begging

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
By Phil Elmore
The Etiquette of E-Begging

I saw something┬árecently that turned my stomach. A self-published author who has a considerable following took out an ad on social media to promote his latest work. When one... »