Luna Station Quarterly is a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by emerging women authors.
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Dialogue in SFF and Beyond (Part Two): Terms from Your History Notebook & Other Smart Reader Things

by Tracy Townsend

When last we left you, my stalwart heroes, heroines, and genderqueer unicorns, I was writing about the life-hacks used by some well-known sff authors in writing effective dialogue. You can use these tricks to help get words on the page (consider Caroline Yoachim’s bracket-and-move-on-hack) or to improve their tone, pace, character, and style (as Sarah […]

Tempus Fugit … (or does it?)

by KC Maguire

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of draft manuscripts, including a couple of my own, and for some reason I started thinking about the use of “time” in story structure. It may be a function of what was on my desk this week, or something deeper and more profound, but as writers we don’t seem […]

Happy Birthday, Patricia Wrede!

by Cheryl Wollner

Happy birthday, Patricia Wrede (March 27, 1953–)! Best known for her fantasy YA and children’s books, Wrede says she doesn’t write for children; she writes for herself. Wrede is an advocate for writing what you love. She writes fantasy. She writes about dragons. Why change what you love? As she explains: “I loved getting my […]

Creating Characters: A D&D Example

by Cheryl Wollner

I was the college kid who spent her weekends around a table in the Student Center, rolling dice, playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). Playing D&D became more than a weekly hangout with friends and more than a stress reliever. This game taught–and continues to teach–me about creating characters. When I sit down to start a […]

The Precipice: Write On or Fall Back?

by KC Maguire

I’ve often received two seemingly contradictory pieces of advice as a writer when I face a problematic section of a manuscript and feel like I can’t go on. So I thought, what better way to try and tease them apart than to blog about it? Think about those days when you absolutely can’t write another […]

The Suspension of Belief

by Cheryl Wollner

In college, I learned how to properly drop a noose. We performed Metamorphoses  by Mary Zimmerman, an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I was a stage hand and from the catwalk dropped the noose for a character’s attempted suicide. Each night the audience produced a different (but always audible) reaction. Nervous laughter. A collected breath. They […]