Some of you might recall the wild short story you helped me write: "Nana Ana's Secret Hideout." In the making of it, I asked you for suggestions similar to those commonly requested by improv comedians during live performances (e.g. animals, locations, favorite bumper sticker quotes) and you offered incredible answers (again, thank you!). I took … Continue reading Further Adventures of Nana Ana
Today I'll tell a personal story (I get much writing inspiration from my relationships with family so it's important to me to remember and/or record favorite things). This story came up in a conversation earlier this week and it made me chuckle. Storytime! One December about 5 years ago, we grown kids set about … Continue reading Sneaky Santa
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
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
Jennifer Hilty is looking for prompt ideas. She's asking for: "A thing and a mood." (Examples: Squid/Happy, Apple/Sad, House/Confused, etc.) Leave your ideas in the comments here: Jennifer's Prompt Post [She writes fantasy/science fiction - in light of that, I submitted "planet/delightful". She didn't specify how long the submission window will be open but she posted … Continue reading Writing Prompt Help!
One of my top reasons to be in a bookstore (not the library) is to analyze current fiction. One of my favorite topics of study: story beginnings. The Art of Storytelling I base how and what I write on what moves me. If I adore a certain character in a show, I figure out why. If I want … Continue reading Bookstore Recon
Please allow me to introduce two of my babies: Villainy Genre: Science Fiction, Novel Anticipated Completion: Fall 2016 A Tidbit: Despite being a much-loved symbol of hope, Captain Hiroh Finner feels only murderous intent which is reserved entirely for a certain master of terror. He has hunted this man across galaxies for fifteen years. A brilliant, evil … Continue reading Works in Progress