Category: Writing

Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

We, here at Edge of Yesterday, are not just visiting the past, we are inventing the future, a feat that may require some reassurances, as we move from the known to an unknown world. Remember the Morrow Inventing the future is fearsome. No roadmaps, Nor sure sign posts. Life exacts the courage to get up … Continued

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Teens Exercise Writing Chops in Workshop with Maryland Writers Association Gaithersburg, Md. — On May 20, a group of seriously talented teen writers showed up for the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival’s Teen Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association, and led by poet Lucinda Marshall, and authors Robin Stevens Payes and Neal Gillen. Amid … Continued

Stalking Leonardo in America

Stalking Leonardo in America

On the hunt for Leonardo da Vinci ever since starting on the novelization of my time travel novel, but it seems, instead, he’s been stalking me. The genius is very much alive. A few of the most notable Leo sightings, up-close-and-personal. The Da Vinci Machines exhibit, currently on display in Bradenton, Florida. Artisans from Florence, … Continued

Quiet…Teens Writing

Quiet…Teens Writing

Telling stories is timeless, though the ways we do it have changed. I imagine the original storytellers speaking to tribe, family, friends under a million stars twinkling in the night sky. These ancient stories were as evanescent as the flames of the fire that warmed the gathered listeners, except for the tradition of oral transmission: … Continued

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

As I toil away on the second draft of my novel, Out of Time, thinking of the time, care, creative energy and effort I have put forth on this epic adventure, beginning with the seed of a story in 1997 through the prodigious output resulting in today’s (2014) screenplay-novel-tweet storytelling, Web-based learning platform, I wonder … Continued

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

As the creator of Out of Time, I work across media. My novel is in its second draft now, drawn from the original screenplay. I started tweeting the story–line-by-line as is the most conventional practice in #TwitterFiction–until our heroine, Charley, took over the narrative. Her solution to tweet storytelling was to ask questions of the … Continued

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Excited that my intrepid new story editor Mari Lou is an expert on Middle Grades (MG) fiction. That, for the uninitiated (and me, among them!) is how publishers categorize novels geared towards 8-12 year olds, in particular. Notable classics in this genre: A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, and The Giver, which was recently released as … Continued

Out of Time Honored for Pitch Week Participation

Out of Time Honored for Pitch Week Participation

Out of Time was awarded a Congressional certificate of recognition this week as a finalist in When Words Count Retreat’s second Pitch Week competition. Surprised and honored to have received this honor from Congressman John Delaney of Maryland. Getting this baby framed!

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

I am in rustic Rochester, Vermont, a contestant in Pitch Week II. I am deep in the throes of this midsummer nights competition–in the running for the publishing trifecta of a book deal, agent and publicist. As part of the contest, I am presenting my vision for a rebirth of learning based on the resonance … Continued

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

This is cross-posted from the EdTechWomen Blog — http://edtechwomen.com/blog/2014/6/12/outoftime Out of Time – The Story, The Competition, And Bringing It All To Life June 13, 2014 by Margaret Roth       By Margaret Roth There are many roads that can be taken on the the journey to inspiration and creation. For Robin Stevens Payes, … Continued