How does a writer turn into a novelist? More than desire, hard work, years of developing skill, networking, and persistence? Yes, more, for we need inspiration. An idea. Mine came in the form of paper bags, totes, and boxes full of vintage photos, letters, and receipts from my father's family. They threw little away. Self-named … Continue reading Those Resilient Muldoons (Novel Series)
#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 Acceptance Surprise
#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 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.
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 Lighthouse Warns
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.
"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 Espresso Book Machine (EBM)
#WFWed, prompt word--"Light" "Golden light shimmered with slanted rays into the damp cave and kept the darkness at bay."