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David M. Swindle

David M. Swindle is the managing editor and West Coast editor for Liberty Island. He writes novels, non-fiction, and screenplays.

The Winners of the Spring Writing Contest: Fantastic Fathers & Magical Mothers

Click here to read about our Summer Sci Fi contest. And click here to read about our upcoming Fall and Winter contests so you can get a head start. And the winner is…

Choose Life: On Roseanne’s Racism, Samatha Bee’s Vulgarity, and Trainspotting’s Truth

Which is worse? A comedian calling a black woman an ape or a comedian calling a white woman a c—?

In the wake of the cancellation of the rebooted Roseanne sitcom for its star’s tweet comparing Obama administration consigliere Valerie Jarrett to a character from Planet of the Apes, many of the show’s defenders employed one of today’s most common rhetorical weapons: whataboutism, a logical fallacy aptly described by Wikipedia and linked to Russian disinformation efforts throughout the 20th century.

Enter Our New Writing Contest: Sci Fi Summer Shadows

Premise: Write a short story in the science fiction genre that acts as an homage to a particular author or specific story/novel/film, which will be identified at the story’s beginning “[Title here] by [Your Name Here] an homage to [insert inspiration here.] 8,000 words maximum.

10 Badass Heavy Metal & Alternative Tracks to Fuel Your Wicked Writing

Put these songs on when you want to slip into the zone

For this list, we’re going heavy — these are the metal and alternative tracks to help you get focused and creative while writing. Presented in no particular order, save for my pride for my brother’s debut album…

Photos of 2 Liberty Island Authors at Barnes & Noble Signing Events

Before you go on summer vacation, pick up on Amazon two novels that are absolutely perfect for beach reading: Currency by L Todd Wood and Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea by Howard Butcher both offer thrilling stories set around the ocean.

Enter Our Spring Writing Contest: Fantastic Fathers & Magical Mothers

Two Week Extended Deadline: June 6

Premise: Write a short story or the first chapter of a novel in the fantasy genre (any of its sub-genres), featuring themes involving fathers, mothers, or parenting. 8,000 words maximum. Extended deadline: June 6. Date of publishing: June 14-20 (Father’s Day)

The 21 Liberty Island Books Published from December 2014 Through April 2018

If you’ve enjoyed one of Liberty Island’s titles chances are you’ll love another. Click here to download our new catalog in PDF format.

A 25 Song Playlist to Energize Your Writing

These are the tracks I return to regularly when I’m trying to create

Yesterday in an online writing group, one sci-fi author wrote, “I am writing a chapter where the protagonist is (finally) leading a mutiny against her spaceship Captain. I need a playlist to write to. Taking all song suggestions!”

I threw a half dozen youtube videos at him and then decided that it might be worthwhile to compile a longer, more complete list of favorite tracks and explain how they assist me. So here you go.

I believe that essential to creative writing is the ability to shift and re-focus one’s normal state of consciousness — embracing the altered state. Thus, when I’m going to seriously write for a number of hours chances are it’ll be aided by some combination of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, exercise, and yes, specific songs. The objective of these varied methods is to prevent the mind from growing distracted and wandering to non-writing subjects. Music of numerous genres can contribute toward this shifted consciousness effect. Thus, I have chosen 25 tracks from throughout history and genres — from the Baroque era on through classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s, heavy metal and rap from the ’90s, and onto this century’s often more electronic pop songs.

I hope you find at least some of these tracks both useful and entertaining.

Announcing 4 Seasonal Liberty Island Writing Contests for 2018

Writers now have more time to craft their submissions!

In years past Liberty Island has usually aspired to launch one writing contest every 3 or 4 months, often with a seasonal or holiday hook. We’ve decided to take it to the next level this year. Now we are announcing all four of our contests at once. Writers may now know far ahead of time what kinds of stories contests will seek and can have additional time for crafting their submissions.

The Sun Sets Over Los Angeles on April 15, 2018…

Submit your photographs of nature and the outdoor life to [email protected] to participate in this weekly feature exploring the natural world.

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