Submittable's newsletter had a link to a set of super cool book covers in the public domain. I fell down this rabbit hole hard. Here are five great leaping off spots into a short story. Man, I love old books. "There is Death in the Pot." A treatise on spotting adulterated and poisonous food. … Continue reading Five Story Prompts from Book Covers
One of my 2019 goals is to read and analyze 300 short stories to help me be better at short form writing. I'm sharing them in batches of three over on my Patreon, but wanted to highlight this particular story and the lessons I learned from the exercise with you. Olivia's Table by Alyssa … Continue reading Olivia’s Table by Alyssa Wong
It's time for another round of the creativity game, Famous Starts/Humble Endings! If you've never played, the rules are fairly simple. I will give you lines of a famous poem in bold. Your job is to write the next line. There are no wrong answers! This is simply a way to play with words and … Continue reading FS;HE – Edna St. Vincent Millay
I'm a goal-setter. A list-maker. A Resolutionist. (ya like that?) Here were my goals for 2018: Have four works published Revise Ferals & Blights Write six new short stories Be able to do ten full push-ups Complete full year of Patreon poetry postcards Not bad! And, I learned something BIG about goal-setting as a writer. … Continue reading 2018 – What’d I Learn?
Jennifer R. Donohue not only published a cyberpunk heist this fall, but she achieved Associate Membership in the SFWA! (muppet flail) It's a triumph in a speculative writer's career. After I shed my green skin, I talked with Jen about how she met these goals, and her answer was not what I expected! PersephoneKnits: Congratulations … Continue reading Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part two
I'm moving on to a new writing project. Or, I will be. If I can decide which one to tackle. This requires a lot of thought. I have finished a middle-grader fantasy. Should I work on a new book set in that world? What if that one doesn't sell? Should I work on one of … Continue reading Some Tarot Thoughts
I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients! Choose Your Own Adventure #1 The Cave Of Time Not the whole book. One page captivated my imagination. You … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 9
I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients! Mary Poppins Lots of people think they know the gist of this book, even if they've never read it. They've … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 8
The Miscon 32 Interlude is over. Back to our regularly scheduled programming! In case you need reminding - I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients! Are You … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 7
I was lounging in The Chairs at Miscon 32 with a friend, Jeff Howe. We hadn't seen each other in a year, so we were catching up on each other's lives. He mentioned he was going to use some old National Geographic maps as story prompts. Enamored with this brilliance, I told him I'd be … Continue reading MAPS!