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

Oldsters, Protagonists, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

I love using my photography for writing prompts...the way it allows me to merge the two creative paths. You don't have to be an expert photographer, and I promise it will help you get over even the toughest writer's block. You never know who's going to appear on your page!  My first novel, Oldsters, was born… Continue reading Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Time for a flash prompt..

It's been a while since I did a writing prompt. Normally, I use my own photography on these, but I ran across this today, and it touched something in me that I thought deserved to be examined. So, take a few minutes away from your project at hand, and write 500 words or less using this as… Continue reading Time for a flash prompt..

The Writing Life, Uncategorized

Please, do not suffer for your art…

I recently found an old spiral notebook from 2005 that I titled “Angry Poetry” on the bright yellow cover. After going through it, I ended up posting three of the writings on some of my social media accounts. My poetry has always been amateurish at best; always in rhyme and always written when life wasn’t… Continue reading Please, do not suffer for your art…

The Writing Life

I didn't think so, until someone I trusted pointed it out to me in a few different stories I am working on. I've had the greatest fortune to recently find a critique partner that gets me, gets me writing and most importantly, speaks the truth. We're thousands of miles away - she's in New Zealand,… Continue reading

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Self-Publishing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Turn the Page

Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected