reading, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Micro Fiction: The Cycle

This 300 word or less prompt was written to the last line below, "He could turn it around." The line taken randomly from Colum McCann's amazing novel, Let the Great World Spin. The Cycle 296 words by Vicki Roberts: Nov. 5, 2017 Whack! If he was going to mimic Sister Lenora’s snort of a laugh again,… Continue reading Micro Fiction: The Cycle

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

Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life

Tip of the Iceberg: Five Women Writers I’ve Just Discovered

I have read hundreds of books in my 55 years, but even better than that is the long list of ones I’ve yet to open. When I have the silly thought of what I’ll miss most when I’m no longer alive (the silliest of thoughts really, right? As if we’ll have time for that!), books… Continue reading Tip of the Iceberg: Five Women Writers I’ve Just Discovered

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Moirai

Surprisingly, I finished this story much earlier than I thought. I have zero background in Steampunk, so if I've captured even a couple of elements, I'll be happy. I was inspired by a kaleidoscope that sits on my desk at work, and the photo brought to mind a climate of uncertainty. I married the two, and… Continue reading Moirai

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Steampunk Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

As writers, we sometimes limit ourselves by believing we can only write in a certain genre or only write certain types of characters. This week’s prompt is my attempt to offer a way out. I have always loved the idea of steampunk – Apart from the Golden Compass series (I’m hoping those count as Steampunk),… Continue reading Steampunk Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

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…

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

Deliverance

Ignatius leaned his bike against the railing and gave the open-air post office its due. The brief admiration of the architecture and the history he and the building shared came automatically. He didn’t linger, but the moments at the foot of the steps provoked a sweet anticipation. He didn’t mind the pounding in his heart… Continue reading Deliverance