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

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

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

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