About 66




Issue 66

January/February/March 2012


Vision is now published quarterly, rather than every two months.  The new schedule is:


  • January/February/March
  • April/May/June
  • July/August/September
  • October/November/December

Welcome to the first of the 2012 issues of Vision: A Resource for Writers.  I'm running a little late getting this one updated, but I think it's well worth the wait! This is the start of the 11th year in production and despite the late start, I can see some great things ahead!

I am always looking for new articles.  Read the submission guidelines and consider sending me an article or two about writing.  I look forward to hearing from you.



From the Editor: The word for 2012 is . . .

The Word for 2012 is . . . patience.

For many various reasons, this is a word I need to examine and define again. There can be a fine line between patience (waiting, not pushing for things outside my control) and laziness (not doing the things I can, even if I am waiting for other stuff). I like to use the word procrastinate, because it does sound oh-so-much-better than lazy, but there comes a time when a person has to fess up to it.



Inkygirl Comic 

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Steampunk Zombie Turtles



Workshop: Applying Setting to a story

-- by Lazette Gifford

Obviously people who are writing historically-based fiction (alternate history, historical fiction, historical fantasy) all need to do research to understand their settings and this is not a workshop they are likely to need. This does not just mean the historical aspects, either; they had better understand the basics of the place they are writing about, from animal and plant life to the weather patterns.



Mar's Market: Interview: Neil Clark

-- by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

Continuing the interviews with editors mentioned in the survey I conducted for the January-February 2011 issue of Vision. . . .



Indie Corner: KDP Select -- An Overview

-- by J A Marlow

Amazon has announced a special ebook lending library for Prime subscribers. In the past several days they have sent emails out to the authors and publishers who use their KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) platform inviting them to join.



The Quick and Dirty Guide to Conlanging for Writers, Part 4

-- by Alexis Carter

The first three installments of The Quick and Dirty Guide to Conlanging for Writers covered some of the basics of linguistic structure. In this final section, we're going to take a look at some of the cultural aspects of language.



4 Things You Shouldn't Give Up Just Because You Work From Home

-- by April Aragam

So, you've decided to work from home. Good for you! While working from home holds many benefits, you'll also quickly learn how easy it is to fall into bad habits. The following is a list of things you don't want to stop doing simply because you are working from home:



Writing, Storms and Rainbows

--by Michele Miller

Looking around the world today, we see tragedy of all kinds.

Fires, floods, cyclones, hurricanes.



It's all about Spin-Doctoring

by -- Catrin Pitt

I remember the days before internet, before personal computers even. I remember doing my school work on a slate board in chalk. Hehe, not really, but I do remember having to hand write everything and, if you made a mistake on the last line, having to rewrite the page. Kids of today think they have it hard.



Software Review: Artisteer 3.1 Home and Academic Edition

 -- Reviewed by Jean Schara

 If you're a writer, you're likely to decide you need a blog or a website. The easiest route is to sign up for a free account with either WordPress.com or Blogger.com. You don't need a hosting service, there's no cost, and you can customize your site with a variety of templates provided by each service. That's a good place to start. I did that when I began blogging in 2003



Website Review: Do You Duotrope?

 -- Reviewed by D. M. Bonanno

Have you ever finished a story and wondered where you could publish it? Or submitted a story and wondered if waiting for six months for a response was unusual? Or learned from a friend that a magazine closed? Duotrope can save you theses worries and more, and all you need is internet access.



Book Review: Book Review: Negotiating a Book Contract by Mark L. Levine

-- Reviewed by Erin M. Hartshorn

It's possible that you're tempted to skip right over this review. You're planning to have an intellectual property (IP) lawyer negotiate for you, you want an agent, or you already have an agent. In any case, you won't be doing the negotiation. 



New on the Shelves-- Books

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members



New on the Shelves-- Short Works

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members