Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)

Photo by Marc Marchal on Unsplash The search for story ideas is a constant in most writers' lives, and every once in a while, the ideas are the ones that search us out. Night before last, I had an odd dream that felt so realistic and detailed I decided to write a short passage about it after waking… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)

How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and relocated to a very small town. While I am not sure I could manage long term in a mega city like New York City or London, I am definitely more of a city person and have gravitated to them in my adult life. I understand the appeal… Continue reading How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

Short Story Review: “The Red Room” by H.G. Wells

Isn't the book jacket just awesome? The hardcover underneath has planets etched into the spine and front cover Last night, I opened my copy of The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, also Selected Short Stories, a collection of works by H.G. Wells. I bought this delightfully vintage, 1963 edition hardback copy from a… Continue reading Short Story Review: “The Red Room” by H.G. Wells

Book Review: “On Trails: An Exploration” by Robert Moor

A few months ago, I purchased "On Trails: An Exploration" after reading the back cover in a bookstore during a trip to Greenville, South Carolina. Hiking, in addition to reading and writing, is another one of my hobbies, and so I decided to give this book a try. Plus, I have to admit, I think… Continue reading Book Review: “On Trails: An Exploration” by Robert Moor

Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

My partially resurrected plant, in all its glory Had a funeral for a plant today. Things always get peculiar during periods of unemployment. It was a great plant, you would have agreed. At one time, it had been a luscious, chlorophyll laden beauty, a pink polka dot plant. A hypoestes phyllostachya, if you will. It… Continue reading Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

Writing Exercise: Mirrors

Photo by Jon Eric Marababol on Unsplash Prompt "In her New York Times essay “The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?,” Parul Sehgal writes about how ghost stories throughout American literature have functioned as social critique, manifestations of protest and redress that reveal “cultural fears and fantasies,” and which understand “how strenuously we run from the past, but always… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Mirrors

Resources for Beginning Writers

Photo by Jubal Kenneth Bernal on Unsplash As a beginning writer ("beginning" in terms of starting to prioritize my writing and learning to practice self-discipline), I have accumulated a pool of resources which have helped - and continue to help - me at various stages of my writing process. This list is a conglomeration of online resources as… Continue reading Resources for Beginning Writers

Past the Outline But Before the Draft

Photo on Foter.com via https://pixabay.com/en/users/jarmoluk-143740/ Today's writing goal seems harmless enough: Begin the rough draft of a short story I've had in mind this week. But as I begin, I start to rethink that adjective . . . harmless? "Mostly" harmless, after all (that is for you, Douglas Adams fans). Getting started is always the… Continue reading Past the Outline But Before the Draft

Writing Exercise: Spring 2017

Photo on Foter.com via https://pixabay.com/en/users/inspiredimages-57296/ Do you remember Spring 2017 and the days you thought were your last, how Mila's dog would come to lie at your feet and wait with you in the quiet? Do you remember that Spring, the one that failed you, that left your life fallow and let nothing grow within you?… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Spring 2017

How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life

Photo by Gades Photography on Unsplash One of the things we often talk about in the writing groups I attend is what a typical writing day looks like for each of us. Everyone seems eager to learn about other people's habits and their strategies for getting the most writing done. If there is one common motivating factor I… Continue reading How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life