Like many writers, I keep notebooks everywhere to write down ideas as they pop into my head before they disappear forever. Sometimes I can turn a few phrases into one or more stories later on, or at least an into a character idea. Other times the fragments scribble in my notebooks are nothing more than … Continue reading Notebook Scribbles
My friend Megan gave me a writing prompt that I'm gonna make either my New Year's Eve or New Year's Day post (if I don't set a deadline, I'll forget about it; also, if I give my self too long to think about it, the story gets too complicated and I won't finish it ). … Continue reading New Year’s Eve/Day Short Story Prompt
When I was a kid and teen, my fiction was all about magic, monsters, and adventure. The stories were scribbled in slim one-subject notebooks that blended in with the other books in my backpack so it probably looked liked I was always studying or something. Anyway, my friends and I had made up characters to … Continue reading What Did You Write as a Kid?
I occasionally free write fiction when I have the urge to write but also have a mental/creative block that prevents me from getting any further on my current projects. Below is a free write that began as a random character pair up of a strong man/enforcer and a college student/barista in a place where their … Continue reading Free Writing – April 2021
My university library was/is awesome. Browsing shelves without a time limit was my go-to reward for surviving exams. I occasionally took pictures of books (back then I had no interest of keeping track of all of the books I read; I only wanted to put their words into my brain). Anyway, I found a handful … Continue reading Forgotten Library Finds
This past spring, I was a volunteer judge for the annual short story and poetry competition for the Florida Writers Association (I think volunteers are randomly selected from members; I don't have any English/Journalism degrees and I'm not a club officer or anything; that's the only thing that makes sense). I'm grateful for the new … Continue reading Writing Contest
Scenes written from the first round of November prompts are almost completed. (Yes, my self-given deadline was Friday; but I'll do my best to post the rest today or tomorrow.) Regardless, a whole slew of other prompts are waiting for me. 2nd List of Prompts (by PagesOfFiction): Write about the sky; what goes on up … Continue reading November Prompts, Round 2!
I've been gone from WordPress since February but, wow, it feels like it's been years. Shortly after 2018 began, despite the mayhem ensuing throughout this bizarre and demanding world, I realized I needed to be more proactive about my own life. Update Thankfully my situation is improved. I'm happy to report I've broken free from … Continue reading The End of A Story Void
Remember that phenomenon I nicknamed "The Man in the Attic"? Well, I like to think my immediate family also possesses a creative streak, and frequently uses it entertain others by recounting real life adventures in animated and imaginative ways. Or (in my father's case) sometimes they fabricate tall tales just to see who falls for … Continue reading Tales Told by Family
I know I've mentioned this before but real people are the main source of inspiration for my fictional troupe. People are amazing and unpredictable, and every experience among them teaches. Without further ado, an experience of mine. Adventures in Dentistry: Meeting Mr. Hoyle During my awkward first months as a dental assistant, the receptionist Claire … Continue reading A Simile Varnish