Keeping This Brief

While a story of 100 words might seem easier to write than one of 1,000 words or 10,000 words, if you’ve ever tried, you’ll realize it’s not so. To communicate everything crucial about your character’s background, personality, current circumstances, and emotional state in so few words, and to add a compelling plot around it all … Continue reading Keeping This Brief

Burnout and Bad Habits

I started off 2021 really well with respect to my creative writing goals. I took two short story workshops and a novel revision workshop, and I made a ton of progress for the first seven months. Especially when I was living in Northern California, there was something about the place I was staying in or … Continue reading Burnout and Bad Habits

No, Seriously. ¿Cómo Se Dice…?

I knew Argentinian Spanish was going to be different and when my driver picked me up at the airport and one of the first things I heard him say was "ay-zhair" instead of "a-yer" for "yesterday", I knew it had begun. Since then, sometimes "a-yer" is ay-shair. The "Y" changes, the "LL" changes, and the … Continue reading No, Seriously. ¿Cómo Se Dice…?

Thirty-Six Hours in a Remote Corner of Texas

In the final days of 2020, I managed to secure one more publication for my writing. One writing goal I gave myself at the beginning of last year was to submit all 15 of my short pieces for publication, but that was an uber-ambitious goal. Only one of the pieces was finished at the beginning … Continue reading Thirty-Six Hours in a Remote Corner of Texas

The End of Year Book Report (#6)

Every six months when I post this, I think I've read more books than ever before, but when I look back, I think the numbers are fairly consistent. Possibly this time around I started more books and ditched them quickly than ever before, but that's all. (By the way, if you haven't learned to toss … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#6)

The Road to Gold Ridge

I'm pleased to announce that I've published another short story, this time in the Metaworker. I submitted this story to five magazines back in January and didn't get any acceptances. But I did get one personalized bit of feedback (thank you, Novel Noctule editors!) that included the following: The writing was solid, but we felt … Continue reading The Road to Gold Ridge