Submitting a Short Story!/Random 1:00 a.m. Ramble

So here I was again, on the Writers of the Future page, all set to submit my short story for this quarter…
…with two minutes before the quarter ends, checking all the boxes and hoping AutoFill didn’t misspell my name and my formatting is correct because no time to check it now–

The Sad Life of a Grammar Snob

So I’m workshopping short stories this week. I love workshops. I love the energy, the creative flow, the fresh perspectives you get from throwing writers together and saying “Go!” The problem, you ask? I’m kind of a horrible person. You see, nice, ordinary people would read the stories and say “Wow! You made a thing!Continue reading “The Sad Life of a Grammar Snob”

Writing Update: Things are…less terrible

So you might remember a few days ago I thought the solution to my writerly troubles was tea, sleep, and a deep breath? Spoilers: I was wrong. I don’t understand my brain. I spent an entire weekend trying to peck out the draft of a short story I had a deadline for and fought myContinue reading “Writing Update: Things are…less terrible”

Midwinter Stars, Dune, and Ink…another writing update

I’m quite terrible at astronomy. Always have been. Even before I became a nearsighted creature from too many books and the sky went blurry-blurry. But I do love a sky full of stars. It doesn’t matter what their names are or what pattern they make in their dance, I just find the night beautiful. MaybeContinue reading “Midwinter Stars, Dune, and Ink…another writing update”

Not a Rejection!!/Writing Award

Confetti and cake time! Writers of the Future has awarded me a Silver Honorable Mention! You might remember “Rejection Slip,” a post about my last Writers of the Future entry. A flat-out refusal of a story that I loved. Things are looking up. The Silver Honorable Mention isn’t an official award. I won’t be publishedContinue reading “Not a Rejection!!/Writing Award”

Writing Update: September 27, 2020

Writing Status? Unblocked. Beautifully unblocked. It’s terribly inconvenient. I realize I only say that because of how happy I am that my characters are talking to me again. But they always seem to choose the most inopportune times–before deadlines, when I don’t have paper, at 2:23 a.m. Sometimes they strike the lucky golden number ofContinue reading “Writing Update: September 27, 2020”

Submitting (Another) Short Story

Spent the dawning weeks of spring typing like a madwoman (yes, between 11:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. for the most part, really don’t try that at home). The result? One completed science fiction short story ready for submission to the internationally renowned and equally terrifying Writers of the Future contest.

Probably.

Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories

Confession: I don’t think you can actually go wrong by reading short story anthologies. What I mean is this: anthologies are written by plenty of authors, so if you don’t like one story, chances are there’s another you’ll love. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Arthurian tales (who doesn’t? Swords! Magic! Code ofContinue reading “Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories”

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