Short Story: Return to Madness

The following flash fiction story is my entry into the NYC Midnight flash fiction writing contest. I was assigned a genre (horror/thriller), an action that must be included in the story (chewing gum), and a word that must appear within the story’s text (grip). I titled the story Return to Madness, then after submission thoughtContinue reading “Short Story: Return to Madness”

And Now I’ve Gone and Joined a Book Club…

As if I didn’t have enough to do with my time, I accepted an invitation to join a book club with some other local women I know. I’m actually pretty happy about it, but at the same time, uh… That’s one less evening a month I’ll have to devote to writing. But it’ll be goodContinue reading “And Now I’ve Gone and Joined a Book Club…”

Book Review: Brightly Burning, by Alexa Donne

Alternately titled: Yes, It Is Possible To Like a Person Without Loving What They Write. The last couple of months, I have enjoyed watching and following the YouTube Channel of traditionally published YA author, Alexa Donne. I like her, I like her videos, she has some fantastic advice to share with aspiring writers interested inContinue reading “Book Review: Brightly Burning, by Alexa Donne”

Spiderman: The Perfect Plot?

Last week, my family watched Spiderman together– the one starring Tobey Maguire. It’s one I’ve seen a few times before, but this was my first time watching it while being educated about story structure. I have to say, I was impressed. What is it about this movie that makes it such an excellent example ofContinue reading “Spiderman: The Perfect Plot?”

Writing Exercise: a fight scene and a romance

In my online writing group, we do monthly writing exercises. Last month, the assignment was to create two characters, then we swapped characters and were to write two scenes– a fight scene and a romance scene– using the same characters. I am sharing my scenes below, which turned into a whole short story. It’s notContinue reading “Writing Exercise: a fight scene and a romance”

The Doc Called Me A “Horse”

“You probably won’t even remember having this conversation,” says Dr. Miller, after explaining to me the procedure and IV medications she will be using to sedate me for my bronchoscopy procedure. Challenge accepted. I turn and glance at my husband, who has accompanied me more for his own peace of mind than mine– I’m notContinue reading “The Doc Called Me A “Horse””