Author Archives: akfrancis

About akfrancis

I write fiction, drink coffee, herd kids and furry creatures, and try to make the world a little better than I found it.

The Last of the Granny Witches

Originally posted on Appalachian Ink ~ Home of Anna Wess (and Granny):
We are a peculiar breed. Our roots grow deeper than the cedars, and yet we don’t know precisely where or who it is that we grew from. We are…

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Death, New Life, Mental Illness, and Owning What Happened to You

Well, friends, I see it’s been awhile since I’ve sat down to update ye olde blog. It’s been a very… intense few months, and I am just now able to see some daylight peeking through those ominous trees. Some hope. Some … Continue reading

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things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions

Originally posted on freeze frame fiction:
Guest post by Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine managing editor Nathaniel Tower An editor of a literary magazine has to put up with a fair amount. Among the struggles we must face on our daily quest for literary greatness…

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Sikh Captain America: The Man Behind the Shield

Originally posted on The Nerds of Color:
Is America ready for a Sikh Captain America — a superhero fighting hate crimes and intolerance? In the wake of 9/11, the massacre of Sikh Americans in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and America post-Ferguson,…

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The Problem with Fandoms (a/k/a The Objectification of Sam Heughan)

Originally posted on The Word Peddler:
Fandoms rock. You know what rocks even more? Respectful fandoms. Fandoms that don’t have a sense of entitlement. Fandoms that don’t objectify. Fandoms that aren’t snide and snarky. I am a proud fan-girl. I…

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Writers: How to Trust Your Readers

I have an issue to discuss with you. I have come to the realization that a lot of writers don’t seem to trust their readers. This is a travesty; this breaks my heart. We writers sit at our laptops, typing … Continue reading

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All Hallows Read: A Giveaway

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It has been since I was a wee thing begging for candy in my gypsy-child costume, or Holly Hobby, or whoever I was that year. And even as I grew too old for trick or … Continue reading

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