Our author Johnny Payne is Director of Mount Saint Mary University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. We have a conversation with him about writing and teaching the art itself. Check out his novel Confessions of a Gentleman Killer to read his writing!
The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is usually a nice, quiet time to clear out
one year before starting the next. Pay bills, clear off the desk, file, sort, clean out any drawers,
cupboards or closets that did not receive close attention during lockdown. For me, these tasks are
more important than resolutions. They pave the way for a fresh, new year.
I am starting the Yule Book Flood tradition this week. I have chosen a special book for each of
my family members and friends and I plan to give them on Christmas Eve, just like in Iceland.
By next year perhaps I can turn this into the exchange it is intended to be (and receive a few gift
November was NaNoWriMo–that’s National Novel Writing Month. Normally a contest devoted to the creation and completion of a single novel in one month. Ever the over-achiever, City of Light Publishing’s Johnny Payne set out instead to complete 30 novels in one month! Each one consists of a single, singular sentence!
Howard the monster from The Monster in My Basement is part of a great history of monsters in kidlit. Learn about some of his other friends and what these friendly monsters in children’s books can teach children.
The 25th annual Ride for Roswell was to have taken place this weekend. I am registered to Ride to End Cancer, but like tens of thousands of fellow riders, I will instead be following pandemic protocol and avoiding crowds. Both The Ride and being extremely cautious to avoid exposure to Covid are particularly critical for […]
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Mandy Bailey was a French teacher, continuously talking about food en français. She worked restaurant and catering gigs during her college days and started Bacon & Bakin’ Catering and Cakery. Then she worked for a huge, industrial strength food firm, where sadly she saw lots […]
City of Light is fighting to survive this pandemic by announcing its biggest promotion yet. We are hitting a global reset button. A hard reset. As the globe has gone dark, our screens have lit up as we attempt to create a virtual version of normalcy. But we know that this isn’t normal. At City […]