Acceptance Surprise

#Anthology #shortstories #preschool Short stories based on events in my life are enjoyable to write, and I submit to a variety of publishers. This past week, I received a surprising acceptance email from an editor for a future anthology. I revised my story several times, had it critiqued, then edited it to its current version,... Continue Reading →

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.  

Time Print

"Time plods on, leaving its print, of wrinkles and silver hair blowing across sands that shift." Edited from my Twitter post, #microprompt 598 PRINT. Pen & acrylic watercolor.

Lighthouse Warns

This ten-word story was from when I challenged myself to write tighter. My patient and helpful critique group pointed out the redundancy in most of my short stories. Without their honesty, I'd never have published thirteen. Word choice is the number one factor in how to tighten and focus. If you're a writer, click on... Continue Reading →

Smiles and Violets

  "Smiles and Violets flash exquisite or invisible by distracted souls." Edited from my post to #hangtenstories prompt #217-"Violet." Pen & acrylic watercolor.  

Bard

"King's bard, until he misspeaks a word, then never heard." #hangtenstories 190

This Dusty Book

#Classywrite handwritten- Prompt 74 "This dusty book holds locks of your hair, from infant days and childhood fair. In dreams you skip up to my inviting arms, and once again you are safe from all harms."    

Espresso Book Machine (EBM)

Some of my critique group members went on a trip to a large metropolitan library. We watched this machine brew a book and learned about self-publishing options. It was like seeing the "back office" of the publishing world. A maze of doors and hallways that require safe navigation through wisdom and research. Preparation pays off... Continue Reading →

“Light”

#WFWed, prompt word--"Light" "Golden light shimmered with slanted rays into the damp cave and kept the darkness at bay."

“Heartbeat”

(Ten-word story prompts). "Thought and heartbeat race each other faster than shooting stars."   #hangtenstories "Heartbeat" 156

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