Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Resources

A Rainy Day in Florida…

It's been a while since I've visited you here, my friends. I'm happy to say I'm back on track with my reading - having just finished The Virtues of Aging, by Jimmy Carter, my 28th book of the year. I just started Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and it may be the last one… Continue reading A Rainy Day in Florida…

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Protagonists, reading, The Writing Life

Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

I just finished reading The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. In its brief pages, the story comforts me in a way many may find disagreeable. No matter, it is as true today as it was when written at the end of the 19th century. *If you have not read the novel, the following contains spoiler alerts.… Continue reading Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Character Development, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life

stretch, yawn, open eyes

My holiday break from online activity extended into quite a long one; a much needed one. But I've returned, and look forward to reading and writing content that gives us all a brief respite from the things we'd rather ignore for the moment. I spent the time reading and writing, and a bit of Netflix binging. So all… Continue reading stretch, yawn, open eyes

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, reading, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

Did reading bring you joy this year?

I was thinking today about how people react differently to a year's end, and I decided most of us fall into one of two groups – those who are scrambling to make resolutions of what they’re going to achieve next year, and those who spend the end of the year reflecting on what has passed… Continue reading Did reading bring you joy this year?

Character Development, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Impasse

Afterward, they would argue about who turned back first. Ten minutes ago, when she made him pull over so she could walk the rest of the way home, the maverick in her started planning. Get out of the lease, buy a used car of her own, and get back to her own life. The snow… Continue reading Impasse

Character Development, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Micro-Fiction: Parlour Games

This week's short is based on a line selected randomly from my current read, A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkins: The house was much warmer than when he had lived there with Nancy. Taking a sentence written by one writer for a specific purpose and folding it into a completely new character for an… Continue reading Micro-Fiction: Parlour Games

Character Development, Oldsters, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

Back at it…

I felt a sort of jet lag upon returning home from a week away during Hurricane Irma. It’s taken me several days to want to do anything with my writing. Luckily, I have a great writing and critique partner (check her out here) who cares enough to keep up our correspondence, which in turn keeps me accountable!… Continue reading Back at it…