Happy Mother’s Day

I’m dedicating this blog post to the amazing mothers I know, starting with my own. Every fall when I was a child my mother and I waited for the aspens to turn into tiny golden fans trembling in the breeze. Then we drove an hour from Denver into the mountains searching for the perfect spot…

2019’s Short Stories and January’s Plans

It took longer to compile the list of my short stories and write descriptions than I anticipated, but here it is now. This is the list of all the short stories written in 2019. I’m incredibly pleased that there are 40. Because it is a long list and this is a blog post, I thought…

A Quiet Day of Planning

About a week ago I wrote up my tips for writing a story a week. Now, in response to a Dean Wesley Smith post about people dropping out of the Great Challenge a bunch of my fellows who are writing a short story a week have chimed in with their tips on how to make…

Story Numbers

Next week I’ll post the list of stories I’ve written this year and my finalized plans for 2020. Right now I am at 39 stories for the year having sent the latest story to Dean last night. I’ll end the year with 40 stories written in 2019, which is exactly my goal for the year….

Year in Review

This is the last Week in Review post of the year, so I’m going to use it to sum up my year as well as my week. On the whole it has been a wonderful year. I didn’t accomplish all my goals but the journey of trying has been worth a lot to me.

Happy Passover!

Happy Passover! This is a picture of Jonah being eaten by the Whale from a 15th century Haggadah called the Ryland Haggadah after the name of the library that owns it. The kind of word picture is called micrography and this Haggadah is filled with them as well as the more familiar sorts of illuminations…