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Author * Poet * Illustrator

SCIFAIKU: Journey Through Darkness

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

journey through darkness
we are joined with industry
legacy is saved

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Happy Monday! It is time for the No Wasted Ink Top-Ten writing links! These are articles of use to the science fiction and fantasy author. I hope you enjoy them!


Elmer Bernstein at 100


Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest Winners


I Feel Funny: Humor Writing Tips for Novelists


The Importance of Putting Yourself into Your Scripts


On Launching Nonfiction Books for Writers


Five Secondary Character Arcs to Strengthen Your Cast


Get, or Keep, a Life


14 Tips for Dealing With the Passage of Time in a Story


Is It a Problem for a Disability to Be Integral to the Plot?


Foreshadowing: A Revision Skill to Love

THE CURATES BROTHER a regency romance by WENDY VAN CAMP

The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion
by Wendy Van Camp

Available on Amazon

A Regency Historical based on the characters and settings from Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. It can serve as a stand-alone or a prequel to Austen’s book.

It is the summer of 1806 in Somerset, England.

EDWARD WENTWORTH, a young curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother, Commander FREDERICK WENTWORTH, the “hero of San Domingo”, who is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic wars and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to SALLY MARSHALL, an outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of Sally is sorely outdated. Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to shy wallflower ANNE ELLIOT. She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which will prevail? The bold action of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to No Wasted Ink’s Writer Links. I have selected a top-ten of writing craft articles for the science fiction and fantasy author. This week features plenty of craft articles and a history lesson about one of the Big Three grandmasters of science fiction: Robert A. Heinlein. I hope you enjoy the articles!


How to Make Money as a Freelance Writer: 15 Writing Business Essentials

The challenges of writing a long series & Guardian of Monsters

What the Heinleins Told the 1950 Census

Romancing SFF: When Making the Connection Makes the Book

Revolutions and Why They Fail

Protesting through Poetry: Embrace Your Inner Poet-Activist!

6 Ways to Craft Spectacular Set-Piece Scenes

Fiction Filler: Bloated Writing Makes Readers Sick

One Quick Reason Readers Cheer For Unlikable Characters

It’s About Time: Backstory, Flashback, and Chronology