The Third Angel Poured

My dark and weird western, The Third Angel Poured, is up in The Future Fire! It's my first publication of 2020, but not my last, and I'm super excited to share it with you! This whole issue is about resilience and tenacity against overwhelming force, and I hope you'll take the time to read through … Continue reading The Third Angel Poured

January’s Story Prompts

A Medici baby made of lumpy pearls. This is a fairy gift if I've ever seen one. The listing claims there are 28 diamonds, but I can't figure out where. As the article that led me to this states at the end, the story of lumpy pearls is one of slavery and suffering. Honestly? These … Continue reading January’s Story Prompts

Famous Starts

Famous starts, but instead of a Humble Ending, let's do another Internal Comparison. I'm taking all the starter sentences today from Edna St. Vincent Millay. I found hers harder to do than the Merwin ones. Oddly, I think this is because she is so precise in her word choice and clear in her meaning. You'd … Continue reading Famous Starts

Round-Up of What’s What

I had trouble choosing one singular favorite book I read this year, but I wrote up a whole post about what I loved and recommend in case you need another excuse to fill your shelves with wonderful words! And, in my ongoing quest to be more intentional with my reading (and everything else, let's be … Continue reading Round-Up of What’s What

2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

One thing I've learned in the last few years is that the whole review-your-process isn't just some corporate way to hold more meetings and generate more memos. It really does help me be intentional with my time and energy. The goals, I couldn't control. The steps I took? I can and did. It's important to … Continue reading 2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

December (!) Writing Prompts

The end of the year, and I've got a BUNCH of writing prompts to propel you toward your writing goals! Let's go. The largest medieval manuscript, rumored to have been written by one person in one night with the help of the devil, has pages missing. This 14th century translation has the @ symbol. Time-traveler? … Continue reading December (!) Writing Prompts

Internal Comparison – The Goal

The new year is coming, and my plans for 2020 are shouting loudly in my ear. It's like riding on a bus crammed with middle-schoolers - everyone has something they want me hear. One goal for next year is making my morning poetry time more active. Right now, I read a poem or two and … Continue reading Internal Comparison – The Goal

IndieBookmas!

The season is upon us. What to get that special someone? Books. Books. Books. More books. (That's an official jingle, right?) Luckily, Tui Snider has put together a list of books by indie authors and each author included who the target audience is for their work. So, find your loved one in the descriptions, and get … Continue reading IndieBookmas!

Shelfie Check – November

As evidenced by the barest of budges in this photo, I spent too much time playing Breath of the Wild in October. Plus, I do the short story reads for The 300 Story Project twice a week, so that takes up reading space and time. My lack of progress is all for a good cause! … Continue reading Shelfie Check – November

Language as Story Prompt

Do words have arcs the same way characters in stories do? Can you turn a mystery on a shibboleth? What if language was a weapon? A way to hold secrets or contain code? How does control of language enable colonialism and conquest? What does it mean to be suspicious of a language? Can you write … Continue reading Language as Story Prompt