Long ago and far away, in a time well before now, I earned the nickname MFS. It stands for Martha Fucking Stewart. This was well before any allegations of insider trading; at the time, she was still the pinnacle of homemaking; she was a walking Pinterest post. I was challenged to write a cookie exchange… Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like – Cookies!
It’s that time of year. Commitments triple, time shrinks, and we try to get everything accomplished with a smile. Whether you celebrate large, small or not at all is irrelevant. The kids still have holiday programs, projects and finals, all followed by two to three weeks off school. The job is pushing for end-of-year whatever.… Continue reading Safety First – Parking Lots and the Holidays
I once had the pleasure of listening to one of my idols, David Morrell, speak. Someone asked where he gets his inspiration when writing suspense and thrillers, and he offhandedly said, “It’s just how I think. Like when a normal person sees a single shoe on the side of a road, they think, ‘How could… Continue reading Writer Brain
This time of year is really stressful. No matter who you are, or where you are in your life, there are pressures upon us all. So if there are extra stresses, not related to holiday commitments, they become Really Big Things in a hurry. This has been my life lately. For reasons, my stress level… Continue reading The Art of Friendship
My days of NYC Flash Fiction writing are over for this year. I didn’t make the cut for the final round. Didn’t even get so much as an honorable mention. But that’s okay. What I did get from the contest was equally valuable to a win: I received valuable critiques of three stories. Call me… Continue reading Handling Critique
NaNoWriMo is behind us. For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writer’s Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org). It’s the time when writers everywhere retreat into their homes, hovels and caves to bang out 50,000 words or more, with the hope that, at the end of the month, those words are in some sort of… Continue reading A November to Remember
I woke up this morning to the BEST news. I advanced to round three in the NYC Flash Fiction contest. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, a little background: The contest is broken up into four rounds. Everyone writes the first two rounds. Contestants are divided into 25 heats with roughly 40… Continue reading Moving Forward in NYC Flash!
Last week, I posted about Balance, by Courtney Herz. I had the pleasure of being her editor for this one. Currently, the story is #16 in the Amazon Kindle download ranking for Horror Short Fiction. And it’s very deserving of this ranking and more! It’s free for just a little while longer, but even if you… Continue reading Balance, By Courtney Herz at #16
t’s very therapeutic, working with authors in the editing capacity. I’m looking forward to expanding this horizon of mine, and taking on more clients as my time allows. I consider it a gift and a privilege, reading and editing the works of others…
I mentioned that the NYC Midnight forum is an awesome place to make friends and gather inspiration, right? Well, if I haven’t touted it enough, I’m touting some more. One of the women who is participating in the contest is now running her own, “just for fun”, weekly flash challenge. She posts a picture and… Continue reading On a Roll