I'm mildly obsessed with advice columns. There is something so awful/amazing about the questions people will ask under the guise of anonymity. I love stories. I wouldn't write them if I didn't. And there is no better place to find the snapshot of a well-developed character in the throes of a high conflict situation than … Continue reading Secret Lives
I recently received an email from an author friend who is being published Fall 2011. She was checking the names and spelling of those people that would appear in the acknowledgment section of her book. I was overwhelmed with this honor and deeply gratified to be on her list. It made me feel as though … Continue reading I would like to thank…
I just finished reading The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik and highly recommend it. I had pre-ordered this title in the fall, promptly forgot all about it, and was pleasantly surprised when it showed up on my snowy doorstep two weeks ago. (That is why I love pre-ordering things, it feels like a present I'm … Continue reading The Good Daughter
I wanted to take a moment to congratulate my writing friends Laura Maylene Walter and John Frank on their recent publishing success.Laura's story "Live Model" appears in the most recent issue of the Crab Creek Review (issue 2010, volume 2).Laura's article "Why We Write: The Pressure of Young Promise" appears in the November/December 2010 issue … Continue reading I’m surrounded by talent
My short story "Resting in Place" is up today at Necessary Fiction. Here is the opening few sentences to entice you to go have a read:"My father saved me from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. I remember, even if he can’t anymore. My tiny self toddled around on the hot sand. I scooped up fistfuls, … Continue reading Published
Check out Laura Walter's story "The Second Rule of Yoga" at Northville Review.
I am in the middle of reading SKY BRIDGE by Laura Pritchett and there is much to admire in the writing. It is too early for me to review the book, but I wanted to share how much I am enjoying this work. There is something raw, gritty and true to life about the characters … Continue reading Laura Pritchett
Recently, there has been a flurry of rants and confessional postings that examine the relationship between writers, agents, and publishers. Some of this has been thoughtful and constructive. Of course the most incendiary writers garner heaps of attention, and the agentfail fiasco along with rants on the "talent killing" agents have shown the ugly side … Continue reading 2009 – the year of the rant?
My new favorite thing:The Plug - "Coat to Coast like buttered toast"This site rocks. Funny, creative, wacky... ah, the adjectives fail me. So far, Issue #36 "Mystery Can 2" made me laugh so hard that I nearly wet myself. Here is a snippet from Tracie's log:"People, do yourself a favor. If you ever eat most … Continue reading Friday Fun – The Plug
Last week a series of ills fell upon my electronic devices.First, my computer became very ill. A "hole" in the Internet Explorer security (I loathe you MS) allowed a malicious program to infiltrate my computer. It caused a version of computer cancer that wrecked havoc with many of the critical systems. Fortunately I was able … Continue reading Please stand by….