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

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

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…

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

Taking a Page from the Past

I've always loved reading about the writers of the past, especially the relationships they had. It seemed that gender and age was of little importance in these bonds. And often times, Gertrude Stein's salon played a major role in introductions. When Stein met Thornton Wilder, she had just returned to America after living in Paris… Continue reading Taking a Page from the Past

Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

The great thing about life is you can change course when it feels necessary. Oh, maybe not the big things - like you hate where you live, but you don't have the money saved to move out West, but other things that you do have control over any given day. "I can accept failure. Everyone… Continue reading What I’m left with turns out to be good enough