Dreams and Summer Camp (NaNoWriMo)

In a place where the oak canopy opens and there is full sunshine, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail asks what you want before you die. A little apart from the murals of Paint the Trail, a section is painted with chalkboard paint.  There's chalk to write your dreams.  What do you want to do before you die? I stopped when … Continue reading Dreams and Summer Camp (NaNoWriMo)

74 Days Until Halloween – 75 Days Until NaNoWriMo

Summer is ending, and Autumn dates and deadlines are suddenly upon me.  It’s also: 14 days until the first 10 pages of my short story are due for the critique session at the Florida Heritage Book Festival Critique Session. 37 days until the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference.  This will be my first time attending … Continue reading 74 Days Until Halloween – 75 Days Until NaNoWriMo

Insights From My First Short Story Contest (II)

I’m continuing with my post about entering my first short story contest, and I’m sharing happy news. I attended the Lake County Bookfest last week, where they announced that my short story will be published in an electronic compilation along with eleven others. Though I wasn’t chosen as a winner or honorable mention in the short … Continue reading Insights From My First Short Story Contest (II)

Writing Longhand, Editing with Doodles and Diagrams

Daniel Kraus's recent article about authors who write longhand really struck me.  The authors describe how writing longhand slows them down and makes their writing tighter.  They describe the tactile satisfaction they get from the task, how the work they produce is tangible.  Their descriptions are compelling When I write (fiction, poetry, or reports for my day job), I typically write on … Continue reading Writing Longhand, Editing with Doodles and Diagrams

Pushing

I'm editing a story I wrote last year, with the plan to submit it to a short story contest that's looking for fantasy/paranormal/speculative fiction.  I'm happy with it, but I know it needs more in places...and also less. The main character has been talking to me today, and it feels like we are catching up … Continue reading Pushing