Short Story Craft Workshop – Day 1

A friend asked me to recount my experiences of Kris Rusch’s Short Story Craft Workshop as I go, so I’ll make an effort, but if it gets too intensive expect very short descriptions or no descriptions on some days. Last night at midnight the first assignment was due. It was definitely outside of my comfort…

Too Many Stories

I love stories. I love hearing people’s true stories about their lives. I love news stories. I love art that tells a story (or many stories in the case of my favorite artist Pieter Bruegel). I love music best when it is in service to a story. And I love books, most of which are…

Countdown: Four Stories Left

At this point the people who began the Great Challenge at the moment it started and lasted out the 52 stories in 52 weeks have won. I know one of them and his stories are excellent. He finished in time for his Easter Celebration. I started a month after the first start day and so…

Learning Plans

Time moves fast these days and nothing is as fast as April this year. Six months ago Steve and I looked at our projections for the upcoming year. He tapped one slender finger on April and he said, “Can you really do everything you have set up in April?” He was right to bring it…

Five Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Writing Class

Busy day today, so I’m dropping in for just a short update here and then more prep for tomorrow’s Passover dinner. Steve and I are thinking through a system of intelligent curation of information coming into our lives. Too much of what we talk about upsets us. So we may increase the amount of time…

Creating Abundance

The next ten days will be challenging. I need to write three short stories in that time. Without the Great Challenge (52 Stories in 52 Weeks) this would have felt impossible. But now it just feels exciting and challenging. I am filled with an abundance of hope and a set of tools to get this…

Countdown: Five Stories Left

Number 47! Just five stories left until completion of The Great Challenge. I’m excited to be heading into the home stretch. Last night’s story, “Unstuck,” was a steamy time travel romance with a happy ending and a lot of fun to write. Everything intensifies now. April had already been set up as the most difficult…

The Next Story

Another story is due today and this one will be a steamy time travel romance set high in the Colorado Rockies. Total wish-fulfillment stuff for me. I’ll enjoy the virtual hiking and writing about people touching each other without worrying about masks or gloves. Of course it’s not all sunshine and roses. When her lover…

The Wheel of Samsara

In today’s yoga session, the instructor talked about the Wheel of Samsara, which is a classic Indian Buddhist image. I’ve heard many interpretations of the image over time but this one spoke to the present moment I’m in. The instructor talked about it as the wheel of distracting emotions we move through in our day,…

My Verdant Office

Today is Steve’s long run day (2.5 hours today) so I’ve found a place under a tree in Shelby Park (which is thankfully open) to park myself. Normally I sit in Starbucks or the Shelby Park Cheffies to work, enjoying their coffee and WiFi. But nothing is open except the outdoors, so I brought my…