Ladder and Hammers

#siblings #rooftop #1960s Moonie, Teddy, and Kitty lay in a circle around me for story time. I tried making them sit up, but they always fell over. I grabbed my bunny book— Boom, boom, boom! My book froze midair. “It’s okay. The roof is broken.” I stretched out my legs and plopped the book on…

New Anthology Excitement

#Anthology #amwriting #shortstories Grace Publishing shipped me a sweet and anticipated cardboard treasure box which arrived today. It contained not gold and precious gems, but books, with one of my stories printed on page 63—Soles, in the Short and Sweet goes fourth anthology. Words from my fictionalized non-fiction story dripped through my fingers—hot sun, cold…

Author Generosity

#amwriting #writerslife I’m a member of Inspire Writers. This group is on my generous list. Inspire announced that their website for Christian writers is now #6 worldwide. The group is no longer a regional one, it is national, and international. The generosity of fellow writers and authors with their time and experience amazes me. It’s…

Non-Mundane Story

I’m elated for my short story in Short and Sweet Goes Fourth going to print in August. The reactions and comments from readers satisfy my heart. The setting is during a lunchtime break at a building project in Mexico. In the midst of that ordinary day, something unexpected is discovered and spins the mundane into…

Accepted

My excitement hasn’t diminished with the acceptance of one of my short stories for publication. It’s still unexpected when an editor enjoys my quirky tales. I like this kind of surprise—like opening Christmas gifts. This story will be published in an anthology titled, Kindness. It fits into the, “You reap what you sow” or the,…

Bookstore Survival

Did you know that at book launches, you can hear an author read a portion of their book? It’s similar to children’s story time at a library. The bookstore is on its way to a tragic extinction. There’s nothing like the aroma of dusty books. Owners of the above store told us that they have…

Consent to Publish

(Photo was filtered through the Vinci iPhone app). Excitement and thankfulness entwined in my heart, when I received another contract! The anthology of extremely short stories under 275, single-syllable words is being compiled.  An editor sharpened and clarified my creation, with questions that challenged my concepts. The story was clear in my mind, but it might…

“Wonder”

#1lineWed– Wonder Dagan mused, “A lifetime of wonder burst upon my soul with various hues of love, horror, evil, and bliss.” Photo edited with the Prisma app.      

Wine, Chaos/Messy

#WineWords–theme Chaos/Mess “Desert vineyards grow slow, then produce. Red hot, or white hot, why not? Palettes burnt change a hue, all seduce.” Photo using Prisma app.  

Character Illustration

Creating the character’s consistency of qualities and features for #kidlitart is a challenge. I really enjoy #drawing and designing. Such a fun job!