It was the cat that started it all - a dead cat. A scraggly, mean, and practically feral orange tabby he backed over in the driveway. But the crime didn't deserve the punishment. "What do you think you were doing?" Thomas screamed at him. Larry didn't have any rebuttal. There was no excuse for his … Continue reading Holiday Special
“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say.” ‘’Well, say whatever comes to mind.” “What if nothing comes to mind?” He waits. “Take your time.” He says, patronizing. She wrings her hands in her lap. “Why don’t you start with what your mother said to you.” He says, leaning back in his chair. She scoffs. … Continue reading Travis
Monsters In the Closet
I've hit a 'tender' spot in my novel. A spot that deals with personal issues that are hard to write about. The Monsters. So instead of writing about them, I've deviated from my WIP to another story. I've PROCRASTINATED to the Nth degree. The short story is good - well it will be good, once … Continue reading Monsters In the Closet
They can't all be easy days. Some of them are going to suck. That's just the nature of the biz. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. There are going to be days when no matter what comes out, it's going to be the worst thing ever created, ever. Today was one of … Continue reading Blech
When I write, I usually have a good time with it. My keyboard goes klickety-klack and the words come out ok. Usually. But not all the time. Sometimes the words don't come at all and I get 'knotted up.' I'm worked up so tight that there's no other way out than to let it go. … Continue reading Little Gifts
Where’s The Story
I recently finished reading Stephen King's book 'On Writing'. It's an amazing book, I recommend it highly. In the book, Mr. King reiterates frequently the importance of telling the story. The importance of the story itself. The problem I have right now with some of my short stories is that I can't seem to find … Continue reading Where’s The Story
How one writing community supports its members.
A personal reflection on submissions for publication.
Art isn't so much about what you put into it, but what you leave out.
Writing With Dialogue
One of the most powerful forms of interaction between characters is dialogue.