Easing into the Second

Fleshing out the outline, laying down scenes. When I first attempted an NaNoWriMo fifteen years ago, I thought the hardest part of completing a novel was getting all the way through the first draft. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Today, ten first drafts sit in a folder on my laptop. They stand as part of that “million words” a […]

Seven Questions: Mark A. King

Mark was instrumental in the founding of FlashDogs, a community I really needed when new parenthood had me feeling literarily isolated. His incredible talent can be found in his new novel: Metropolitan Dreams. Reblogged from Emily June Street’s blog (another amazing writer, FlashDog, and all-around inspiration)

Microcosms-Flash Fiction

To cleanse the palate between finishing The Scale of the Shadow Dragon and moving ahead on another draft of the second book, I jumped back into a weekly flash fiction contest. Microcosms is a Friday weekly flash contest run by Flash Dog @GeoffHolme. There’s a theme that gives multiple elements. You spin the wheel and get three […]

Okay, back to the Platform

Forgive me writerly blog, I’ve been away–but I have a good reason: I was completing my first novel. What a decade of double-winning NaNoWriMo has taught me is that writing the first draft for a novel is easy for me. Making it into something I could send out to publishers? Let’s just say I had to […]

Missed Deadline Post: “To the Left of Orion”

I’d intended to submit this one for the weekly contest over at Thursday Threads but couldn’t hit the deadline due to a bedtime-resistant pre-schooler (that’s probably redundant). Anyway, the prompt required us to use the line “You know he’s coming back” in a 100- to 250-word tale. Here’s what I came up with. “To the Left of […]

Warmup Wednesday!

Warmup Wednesday!

Originally posted on Flash! Friday:
Directions: Write a scene or an entire story of 100 words on the nose (no more, no fewer), inspired by this photograph. No judging. All fun. (Normal Flash! Friday guidelines regarding content apply.) Don’t forget to add your Twitter handle & link to your blog, pretty please. And a few words on…

Spotlight: Emily June Street

Originally posted on Flash! Friday:
I’m thrilled today to welcome Emily June Street to the FF mic. Why’s that name familiar?? you might ask, only a moment before scrolling back through memory and blushing as you suddenly recall her neck-high pile of Flash! Friday HMs and runners up awards, and all the accolades she’s reaped for editing…