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Forensic DNA and Writing

The 1900s saw the evolution of perhaps one of the most important things to man - DNA. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) was first discovered in the mid-to-late 1800s by Swiss researcher Friedrich Miescher - not by James Watson and Francis Crick. This is a common misconception but James Watson...

Medical Inspirations: Broken Heart Syndrome

When we think of a broken heart, many of us think of the cartoon broken heart with a jagged line down the middle. Obviously, our hearts don’t look like that and they can’t really break. Or can they? In fact, you can actually have a broken...

Victimology When Writing

Many of us are fascinated with criminals and what makes them tick. However, we often forget those they have affected - their victims. This includes not just the person(s) who was affected by the criminal act, but those present at the scene of a crime...

The Healing Balm of Writing

Someone once asked me how I could write in times of trouble. To say it’s my passion and I have to write isn’t enough. Those not interested in my writing (or anyone else’s writing, for that matter) just don’t understand. After my mother passed away from...

Horrific Inspirations: Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie, commonly referred to as Madame Blanque or Madame LaLaurie after her third marriage, was born in 1787 as Marie Delphine Macarty in Spanish Louisiana to a wealthy, connected family of seven. Her parents were prominent in the European Creole community as her uncle...

When to Ask Permission

There’s always a risk in writing, especially if you’re writing about a real person, place, time, or event. Or, if you want to quote the lyrics from a current hit song. No one wants to be misrepresented. No one wants to hear something bad about...

Searching for Happily-Ever-After

Why do we write? Perhaps I should rephrase the question: why do you write? To create the perfect world? The utopia, full of excitement and happily-ever-afters? We writers have the means to create, and share, a great story, and we have a strong compulsion to...

The Decay of Gregorian Poetry

Many remember King George V as the ruler of the British Empire. In politics, he supported British soldiers during World War I, gave a voice to the middle class, and was a witness to India’s independence movement. In private circles, he was thought of as...

Social Justice in Children's Literature

Recently, people are paying more attention to how society treats its members. They pay attention to topics such as wealth distribution and social privileges and universal healthcare. They see the importance of social institutions such as public schools and the ease of social mobility. They...

Plagiarism – It’s Not Only Illegal, It Hurts

We’ve all heard about it. We know what it means. Most of us try hard to avoid copying and stealing what’s not ours. But how many of us have felt the pain inflicted when we discover someone else has stolen our work? Our creativity published...