First, my short story Singapore Wept was published in Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. The story is short, five or six paragraphs, and worth reading. Very relevant in this age of gun-related violence. If you have the time, hop over to it and give it a quick read. Also, every time you click on the link, it helps the spider bots of the internet with searches related to my name =). Read more
I ordered this on my Kindle about a week ago and I’m still reading it. I find the premise of an AI machine program cloning people fascinating and perhaps a bit larger than this book and it’s that sense of scope that’s lacking that sometimes pulls me out of the story. Read more
One thing you need to know about me is that I’m reading polygamist. I normally read at least two books at one time. In my past, I could be at various stages in more than five books at a time, but I’m trying to keep my limit to three these days. Those three include one physical book I can open up, one on my Kindle that I read while I’m putting my son to sleep, and one craft book that I read during the weekends.
As some of you know I’m a member of the Stockholm Writers Group, a select group of writers founded over twenty years ago to provide feedback, encourage each other, and support each other with their writing goals. We meet on a regular basis and offer feedback to those who’ve submitted their work. In addition, we pair up with a writing buddy. Some terms we switch buddies, some terms we keep the buddies we have. At the moment, my buddy is a wonderful writer named Rebecca, and this past week when we met, the conversation turned to blogs.
We’ve decided to both revisit our blogs with a concentrated focus. She’s studying craft books and enjoys the exercises these books provide. She’s decided to focus her blog on those exercises, or insights she’s gained from the process. Read more
As part of my weekly writing schedule, one day a week I submit work to various literary magazines or online journals. I can honestly say that so far it’s worked! Granted I’ve only been working off my new schedule for two weeks, but hey, it’s a start =). I started my new writing schedule last week and wanted to make sure I had the rules laid out clearly.
I can submit poetry, flash, contest submissions, short stories, or any other type of prose.
That’s it. I like simplicity.
The only thing left to do was a choose a day. On Mondays I only get about an hour, or an hour and a half to ‘work’ and when I write, I like having big chunks of undisturbed time. Especially if I’m working on revisions, which can require a bit of mental multitasking. Every week I was stressing myself out about how little I accomplished on Mondays, which meant they were the perfect choice for submission days. Now I had a rule and a day. Read more
It couldn’t have come at a better time, either. I’ve been focused on the kids a lot over the past couple of weeks and it feels like the writing is dragging. Whenever that happens, I get discouraged. Good news always puts me back on track =).
I spent yesterday at a Short Story Masterclass workshop led by fellow Stockholm Writer’s Group member, Cassie Gonzalez (great name!). It was fun. We read some stories, talked a little about the craft, and spent some time practicing the techniques we had discussed. At the end, we took everything we learned and cranked out a rough draft to a short story.
I really enjoyed listening to the other writers read their work. I always feel so privileged whenever I find myself in the company of such talented writers, like those who attended the workshop yesterday. It’s also so much easier to pick out different components of the story when listening to someone else’s work. You see how they tackled backstory, or what weight they gave to various objects and it sparks a new idea for your story. Read more
Over the weekend, the latest edition of Perihelion Online Science Fiction Magazine came out. This is important for science-fiction fans because the online magazine is free, which means you now have 11 new stories and articles to read. I’m happy about it because my short story “Bug Out” is one of those new stories. They even added some artwork to it, which looks fantastic. I’m honored for another reason, too, though. If you look at the author names, you’ll see I’m one of only two female writers featured in a genre where women are the minority. That feels great.
You can read my story here: “Bug Out.” Don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think.
Oh, and read some of the other stories, too. I did =). If you enjoyed the stories, consider making a donation to the site. Perihelion is one of the few free online magazines which still pays for submissions.
*Edit (March 2018): The links above are no longer active. Each issue of Perihelion remains online for six months, and then the rights revert back to the author. I have since made “Bug Out” available on Amazon as a short story.