NaNoWriMo status—week three

November 17, 2014

There is this little section on the NaNoWriMo site where you can post your cumulative word count for your novel-in-progress. I suppose the purpose is to track your achievement and applaud yourself for getting closer to your goal. Well, at the rate I am going, I won’t hit the magic 50,000 words until sometime in […]

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NaNoWriMo status—week one

November 6, 2014

Sometime near the end of October, I had decided that I would participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, as it’s known. I thought it would be a fun challenge and something different from focusing on writing short stories. Oh, I had no illusions about hitting the 50,000 word mark. Actually, I figured if […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Sara Rauch

November 2, 2014

Sara Rauch founded Cactus Heart Literary Magazine on a lark in 2012. The publication name is, according to the website, “a metaphor for how we believe literature and art should be. It should shock and wound and delight us; it should fill us with delight and terror and mystery. It should survive.” The editors are […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Natalie Serber

October 1, 2014

When I read Natalie Serber’s bio— the trajectory of her life: education, motherhood, writing in her free time—I was reminded of the line from Ecclesiastes, “to every time there is a season.” And this is clearly Natalie’s season for writing success. Her collection of short fiction, Shout Her Lovely Name, has been receiving rave reviews: […]

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September 27, 2014

This is the first chance I have had to sit down and really think about the fact that TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES, my short fiction collection, is actually live. Out there. Digitally and in physical form. It’s a lot like when I had my kids: I couldn’t wait until they were born, […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Rosemary J. Kind

September 22, 2014

From the realities of the business environment to the imaginary world of fiction—actually, for Rosemary J. Kind, it wasn’t all that much of a leap since her role is the Managing Director of Alfie Dog Fiction. And if you think business and fiction don’t go together, try running a publishing company!

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Kaye George

September 15, 2014

One of the best parts about interviewing other writers is finding out how much we have in common. Often, I learn that we have the same “favorite author” list or are frustrated by the same writing gremlins that throw us off-track. And in the interview with mystery writer Kaye George it occurred again: the first […]

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“I love it when a plan comes together”

September 12, 2014

Okay, so I can’t take credit for that line, since it originated with the character of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, played by the actor George Peppard in the show “The A-Team.” But in this case it fits perfectly.

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Addendum to previous post

September 6, 2014

Sometimes we come across comments or quotes that directly relate to an issue with which we are struggling. Case in point: my self-doubt about my work. In my previous post, I had written: “Part of the problem is that I am filled with self-doubt. It’s so hard to not be judgmental about my work. For […]

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Battling self-doubt as I work on new fiction

September 5, 2014

So, in light of a previous post where I complained about not having time to write, I started this month with a firm commitment to spend 30 minutes each morning writing fiction. My plan was to concentrate on short stories, primarily because, with so much else in my life in a state of “not-quite-finished/almost-finished/finished-except-for,” I […]

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