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

Writing Prompt from Anna Karenina

This prompt used a random line from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina as my last line of the story:   The Return She stood at the front of the ferry, rubbing her hands together to fight off the dropping temperatures, trusting that Patrick brought at least one of the children with him. If not, she feared the drive… Continue reading Writing Prompt from Anna Karenina

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

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