2021 was a successful year, in terms of writing. Thirty-seven of my stories appeared in print or online. A handful of those were reprints, which feels like an extra bonus to me. Three more of this year’s stories will appear in 2022, so it’s nice to have those ahead. I’m still addicted to contests, and … Continue reading 2021 Recap
Despite the utter nastiness of 2020, I had a good year on the writing front. Highlights: Winner, Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction Nominated, Best Microfiction Featured, Best Indie Spec Fic Finalist, New Millennium Writing Flash Fiction Award 30 publication acceptances Placed Top 10 in a handful of fun contests Met a crowd of wonderful writer … Continue reading A Few Wins
Thanks to WOW! Women on Writing for awarding my story The Frame of a Life 2nd place in their Summer 2020 Flash Fiction contest. I love WOW! They are always encouraging and offer great resources for writers. “The Frame of a Life” explores love and family secrets, as discovered by a dutiful granddaughter. One of … Continue reading Love & Family Secrets
My story “Penny the Poisonmonger: An Origin Story” is included in this year’s Best Indie Speculative Fiction! I’m ridiculously excited. Bards & Sages publishing does a great job curating this annual publication. The book is filled with fantastic stories. It’s gorgeous, too! The story first appeared in Enchanted Conversation in August 2019. You can buy … Continue reading Best Indie Spec Fic 2020!
What happens when you combine a medieval plague with the illicit holy relic trade? Find out in my historical fiction "Black Market," included in the newest anthology from TL;DR Press. Out today, Nope 2: Too Late; Didn’t Run contains 24 spooky tales, all benefitting the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. From the Ella Baker … Continue reading A medieval plague? Fake holy relics? Yep, that’s my story!
Moonshot Rodriguez and Gracie Lynn Johnson are teenagers trying to find their way through life in the Texas Panhandle in the 1980s. Check out The Potential of Radio and Rain at New World Writing. I hope this story gives you a taste of a summer night under the stars.
My story “Sweetheart Divinity” made the shortlist in the recent micro fiction competition hosted by Mum Life Stories. The theme of the competition was “Great-grandmother.” One of my goals this year is to write about mature women. I want to celebrate their interesting and complex lives--so I couldn’t resist this theme! This piece is a … Continue reading Shortlisted: Mum Life Stories!
"5 Ways to Fail at Killing the Centipede on your Ceiling because Your Husband is Laughing Too Hard to Help and Why Even Be Married if You Still Have to Kill Your Own Bugs?" That's the title of my newest story at Funny Pearls. It's a fictional tale, but as you might guess, it … Continue reading Really Long Title About Centipedes!
My dream suitcase is made of starshine and gooseberries. It holds worlds unexplored, and afternoons I know by heart. I unzip the interlocked stars and wrap myself in their light ... That’s the beginning of my story “Dreams, Encased” from the new ebook Endless Pictures from TL;DR Press, releasing today! My story is included in … Continue reading Dreams, Encased
If you’ve been anywhere near me or my social media lately, you’ve probably noticed my complaints about the five weeks I spent fighting a kidney stone. I apologize for the whining. Anyway, it resulted in a goofball story. I wrote it while rotating some freaky pain meds with ibuprofen and lemon water. That’s my excuse, … Continue reading GTFO!