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Letter from the Editor | August 2017

Issue No. 243 ~ August, 2017

Today I’d like to talk a little about cliches, purple prose and other pitfalls that lay in wait for you, valiant writer. But first, a lengthy and rambling aside. In my humble experience, there’s a …

Letter From The Editor | June 2017

Issue No. 241 ~ June, 2017

  “I have this crushing anxiety every time I submit anything,” I tell this woman–essentially a stranger–sitting across from me. Her brown hair is trimmed into a straight, clean line and she has these beautifully …

Letter from the Editor | February 2017

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

  This month we have some fantastic guest contributors and artists to share with you, gentle reader. Award-winning novelist, game writer and journalist Lisa Brunette shares some of her experience as a writer. Author Trevor …

Letter from the Editor | January 2017

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

“So what does Pif stand for, anyway?” Bringing new editors onto our team, this is a query I’ve heard a lot lately. It’s a fair question, and one that you might have as well. The …

Take me out to the Ballgame

Issue No. 207 ~ August, 2014

My mother was the baseball fan, grateful for the arrival of the Mets as an expansion team in 1962 after the loss of her beloved Dodgers who left Brooklyn for Los Angeles at the end of 1957 season.

The Last Time

Issue No. 202 ~ March, 2014

My grandparents on both sides had names from a distant past, names more likely to be found in history books than at contemporary social gatherings.

A Birthday Competition

Issue No. 201 ~ February, 2014

While in the military service, my father was stationed at Army Letterman Hospital in San Francisco, where both my younger sister and I were born, a year apart.

Magician Dad

Issue No. 199 ~ December, 2013

So, my father went to medical school, and worked as a magician on the side, which I’m sure he’d had an interest in since childhood, and to top off the act, he became a psychiatrist.