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My naMark030816me is Mark Salzwedel. I have done and continue to do lots of different things in my life (I’ve been an actor, a game designer, a hypnotherapist, a translator and a lot more), but this is primarily a website to host my blogging about writing and music, and arts that use both, like musical theatre and opera. I am a big fan of unique ideas, whether it is in the narrative structure of a novel, the use of chord inversions in a cantata, or especially a really innovative menu at a restaurant. My narrative tropes tend to favor robots, aliens, time travelers, fairies, and mutants. My musical style ranges from silly cartoon soundtracks to overwrought organ-violin duets about archdemons.

If you happened on my blog site here before checking out my main web site you can get to it by clicking here.

Otherwise, click on the Blog menu above and check out my posts on creativity. I hope you find them provocative and inspiring.

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We enjoyed your work immensely and think it exemplifies the superior quality we strive to make available to our readers.

–Lesley L. Smith, editor of Electric Spec

On “The Axe”

This is a good story. Nice use of “analogy as language” . . . The end was well-done . . . and probably bumped the story from the 90th percentile up into the 99.5th percentile (we only publish about half a percent of the stories we receive).

— Joe Stech, publisher of Compelling Science Fiction

On “What We Remember”

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