My Writing Life During This Pandemic Year: A Recap

Let me begin by proclaiming with gusto and conviction that 2020 sucked. It sucked hard. For many people, especially those who lost loved ones and friends to COVID-19, this pandemic year was the suckiest suckfest ever to have sucked. In March I was temporarily laid off from my 17-year career. Naïve and brimming with optimism,Continue reading “My Writing Life During This Pandemic Year: A Recap”

I Won NaNoWriMo!

Every November, National Novel Writing Month tests the strength and endurance of many budding scribes. They throw down the gauntlet and enter the arena doe-eyed newbies. After 30 days they emerge as shellshocked, bitter, and crazed wordsmiths, wondering why they ever agreed to anything so mentally scarring and ludicrous. NaNoWriMo, if you don’t know, isContinue reading “I Won NaNoWriMo!”

Dear Leader Tales

My short story “Rogue Scholars” is included in Dear Leader Tales, a collection of stories and poems published by Feral Cat Publishers. “Rogue Scholars” is the first story in the anthology, which includes work from 37 writers who present their quirky visions of dictatorships and abuses of power.  While the anthology’s origins developed in response toContinue reading “Dear Leader Tales”

Gird Up Your Loins for Pitch Wars

It’s that time again, Scribes! Pitch Wars is upon us with all of its doe-eyed hopefulness and nerve-wracking angst. For those who don’t know, Pitch Wars is a contest where writers query mentors who read their manuscripts and offer suggestions on improving the work so it’s ready for an agent.  Here’s the info about PitchContinue reading “Gird Up Your Loins for Pitch Wars”

Here Rests My Journalism Career

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am unemployed.  I was temporarily laid off as a newspaper reporter for a small weekly paper four months ago because of the pandemic. That temporarily layoff has become permanent. For the first time in 17 years I have no steady employment, and it sucks.  Before my former job, IContinue reading “Here Rests My Journalism Career”

Class of 2020 (or Graduating in the Pandemic Year)

Last week I braved the pandemic and returned to Rowan University for my commencement. Sweltering heat in a cap, gown and cape wasn’t how I envisioned a Wednesday in July, but we are living, as the pundits claim, in unusual times. The ceremony ended my four tumultuous years as a grad student. Anxiety, stress, andContinue reading “Class of 2020 (or Graduating in the Pandemic Year)”

Who tells your story?

“Let me tell you what I wish I’d knownWhen I was young and dreamed of gloryYou have no control:Who livesWho dies Who tells your story?”– Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Storyfrom Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda This line jumped out at me while I watched the musical Hamilton. (It’s insanely brilliant and should be mandatory viewingContinue reading “Who tells your story?”

Greetings from the Writer’s Room

Welcome to my blahg. I’m Eric Avedissian, a writer from New Jersey. I’ve authored a handful of short stories, a fantasy novella and a role-playing game. My current project is an urban fantasy/horror thriller/family saga novel called ACCURSED SON. I spent the last 27 years as a journalist for local newspapers in my corner ofContinue reading “Greetings from the Writer’s Room”