Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Sparrow

The Sparrow is my most recent short story publication.  And as the count goes it is my 40th - that's a lifetime total.  I am pleased and proud of this publication.  Link to read The Sparrow

FYI I've finished the first draft of my novel and I plan to share a few writing posts here in the immediate future.  Thanks for reading. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Novel Equals Writer Education


 
I finished the first draft of my novel shortly before Easter.  Writing a novel was a big leap for me and it required time and focus.  One of the first things about writing a novel that I want to share with you is this.

I began with a quote.  I do mean began, because the first thing I had to do was let my mind get used to the idea of writing a novel.  I’ve misplaced the quote but it was from a mountain climber that even mountain climbers hold in awe.  So paraphrased, as I remember the words, they are…I expanded my mind so that the unfeasible slowly became within the realm of possibilities.

Maybe I could write a novel.  I told myself that I had completed my apprenticeship in writing with the short stories I have written.  I told myself that my novel didn’t have to be ‘good’.  I told myself that each portion would be a small puzzle that I could solve.  The final expansion of my mind was to look about and see who had written novels.  If they could do it…

One of my winter visitors
So can I!  And I did.  

This is from Writing as a Sacred Path by Jill Jepson.  …about writers…”We turn every action we take, every thought we have, every moment we live, into an education about writing.”  Writing the novel was an education that I’m glad I took.  

 

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Afterimage

My short story Afterimage has found a home.  Danforth Review is featuring this story and several others as of January 6th, 2018. The link to Afterimage will let read this rather dark short story.  I am quite proud of Afterimage because I certainly struggled to get it 'right'.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Flash Fiction Publication

It was a warmish February day last year that prompted this short piece of fiction.  Sprouting Something is the first story of mine to be published in 2018.  Check it out at Pif Magazine