Story Panic

My sister contacted me this morning in my role as systems administrator for my family’s accounts. It came in the midst of one of those moments of writing hate that periodically overwhelms me. If you write regularly, you know what I mean. It is that moment when everything you are writing feels like irredeemable trash…

My Criteria for Promoting Books

I’m blessed by a number of friends who write books and a related, intersecting group of friends who enjoy reading books. I love putting them together, primarily on Facebook. I don’t blindly promo any friend who has a book on sale or an event coming up. I want to ensure that my reading friends will…

Winter Hiatus

It’s been an intense couple of months of writing and travel. Through it all I’ve managed to write a blog post each day and send Dean my story of the week. But I am intensely tired. My Garmin claims I am averaging about 5 hours of sleep a night. With our Christian friends retreating into…

The Fix-Up Novel

In science fiction and in literary fiction there is a particular kind of novel called the fix-up novel. Basically it is a collection of short stories that form a narrative arc, loosely connected by framing devices between the stories. Think Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson or To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Phillip Jose Farmer….

Blog Tip: Graphics for Your Blog

I have a friend starting up a blog, so I thought I’d randomly write up some tips. Hope others find them useful as well. This blog post deals with finding graphics. Graphics make your blog more enticing, especially if you are sharing it on social media. So I thought I’d share how I produce graphics…

Trains, Ships, and Sleds

The story finally came together yesterday and I sent it to Dean. I’m pleased with it. It is my first romance (though it also has its share of adventure). I’m also pleased I’ve learned something about myself. I’m drawn to write stories set on vehicles that have an element of adventure and a happy ending. While…

When Stories Come Hard

Some stories slide out relatively easily, as if they are skiing downhill on freshly waxed skis wearing their designer ski wear. Yeah, they look excellent and they don’t mind who knows it. Others wrap their arms around a tree and scream if anyone even suggests that we need to finish and move on. This week’s…

Rejection and the Velocity Challenge

Nowhere does “Trust the Process” feel as shaky as it does when I contemplate submission and the inevitable rejections. I know logically that even top writers have their work rejected. I know it takes hundreds of submissions to get an acceptance. But I’m still hesitant. This weekend Dean Wesley Smith wrote about “Rejections” and Seth…

How I Write a Short Story a Week

Last year, I wrote two short stories and they came hard. This year I’ve written 35 short stories. Thirty of those were done in 30 consecutive weeks. Two of them won Honorable Mentions from Writers of the Future. I’m continuing on until I get a full 52 short stories in 52 weeks. Here are my…

Silence

I’ve returned home to Memphis to my beloved’s embrace. All is right in my world. I started work on a holiday story while on the train that I’ll be bringing to the Memphis Writers meeting tonight. As I sit with my husband this morning in our quiet house sipping my English Breakfast tea with rich…