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OCEANVIEW Announces: New in hardcover and ebook!

  • Wayward Son by Steve Goble
  • For the entire month of January, OCEANVIEW is giving away THE PRESIDENT'S DOSSIER for free! This is the first book in The Max Geller Spy Thriller Series. You can then follow it up with THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS AND TRAITORS. Don’t miss this great opportunity to jump into this highly acclaimed series!
  • January Kindle deals! Find a great mystery or thriller for just $1.99 on select titles throughout January.

Down And Out books announces:
Down & Out Books is offering the first episode, The Concrete Smile by series creator and editor Frank Zafiro, to download for FREE for a limited time only, exclusively from Amazon.com. (If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can download and read all episodes for FREE!)

Down & Out Books thanks Frank Zafiro and all the contributing authors for bringing the adventures of Sam and Rachel to our readers. We hope you enjoy the first — and every succeeding — episode in this crime serial and stay tuned for the final episodes of the series in 2023!

Winter 2022/23 Issue
The winter issue of The Writing Disorder
is now available to read and enjoy.
22 for '22.
We have 22 contributors in this issue. All new fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art. Thank you for your support.
Happy Holidays!

Chasing the Dragon by Vicki Addesso
In the Faded Blue Light by Don Donato – Chapter 5, 6 & 7
Seeing Jean by Jenny Falloon
Sundown by Lyle Hopwood
Geoffrey is Unraveling, In Episodes by Doug Jacquier
Six Steps to Good Sleep by Ellie May Mandell
Next Steps for Monte by Ed Peaco
Roy and the Poet by Andrew Plattner
Fruit Trees Sprouting in a Field of Ash by Judy Stanigar

Phoebe Cragon
Richard Dinges, Jr.
Kristen Hoggatt-Abader
Arezou Mokhtarian
Jim Murdoch
Christina E. Petrides
Brent Short

The Scholar by Margaret King
To My Son, Whose Name I Do Not Know… by Yolanda Wysocki
Book Review: Heaven’s Burning Porch
Book Review: Nights of Plague
Book Review: The Other Mother

Phantasm: The Art of Natalie Shou

The Writing Disorder
A Quarterly Literary Journal
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We accept submissions all year round.
No limit on word count.
Send to: submit@thewritingdisorder.com


  • The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz


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        The Rocaberti Writers' Retreat
        The hugely successful Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat is delighted to announce the launch of their Annual Scholarship Program and is offering TWO FULL SCHOLARSHIPS and several partial ones to their prestigious retreats at a spectacular medieval castle in France: https://rocabertiwriters.com/castles/marouatte-castle/

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      • Stuff for the Writer's Desk

        Americas Award

        Deadline January 4

        Americas award Consortium of Latin American studies program, Stone Center for Latin American studies, Tulane University, 100 Jones hall, New Orleans LA 70118–5698.

        Website: HTTP://claspprograms.org/americasaward

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        Announcing the 2022 OREGON LITERARY FELLOWSHIPS

        The Big Fat Surprise
        Teicholz, Nina
        Simon & Schuster


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        Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz digs deep into sixty years of experimentation on the American public, an unacknowledged experiment which has had disastrous consequences to our health, leading to the prevalence of nutrition-related disease. Does fat make you fat? Our common understanding to avoid fat, but our obsession with and failure to lose weight is obvious proof that restricting fat does not slim us down or keep us slim. Slimming fat—an oxymoron, right? Nina examines the spectacular lack of science behind the USDA recommendations regarding what constitutes a healthy diet.

        Ask yourself if saturated fat is healthy or not. Teicholz's examines the history of the pseudo-science behind 'healthy' diet recommendations from the government-related sources like the ADA, the American Heart Association, etc. Her research goes back beyond physiologist Ancel Keyes whose science went only as far as it supported his slippery theory that demonized fat. Teicholz looks behind the curtain. You don't believe there's a government conspiracy by Big Food that is behind metabolic disorders cursing much of the US from birth on? Boy, do you have a surprise coming.

        Do you have writing rituals? Are there things you do that may be considered superstitious that helps you keep the muse happy? I have theater experience, and the theater is chock full of superstitious. Don't whistle on stage. Beware performances of "Macbeth" because they are bad luck. Wish an actor to "break a leg" before a performance.

        It's been a little over a year since Massachusetts went into lockdown in light of Covid19. The day before lockdown, my husband and I went out to dinner at the Beverly Depot for my birthday. That restaurant is a restored, turn of the 20th century train station. Very unusual and cool place to celebrate my birthday. The next day, we were on our way to becoming agoraphobic. Being cooped up in the house for months on end took its toll. We were both bored and tired. 

        That was a year ago. This is now.

        Valentine's Day is in two weeks. What to do? What to do?

        You could go out to dinner with your loved one and buy them flowers. Catch a romantic movie. Go for a walk in the park or on the beach.

        That was, until Covid reared its ugly head. So, what are some good ways to celebrate the Day of Love while isolating and wearing masks?

        There are plenty of things you can do. Turn off your phone and unplug the computer. Here are some suggestions for fun things to do on Valentine's Day.