Presents of Mind

On good days the Muse brings me "presents" for my writer's mind to play with. But those days are rare.

Farewell, Dear Readers

I don’t mean to sound hyperbolic, but this may be my last post. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know enough that my condition is quite serious … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

My Newest, Greatest Writing Challenge

The words above seem so awfully important to me tonight, dear reader. Life is so evanescent, yet somehow it begins to deepen as it fades. Yes, I realize this post … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · 11 Comments

Story Juice

Out and about awhile back I saw the above marquee. I got a laugh, but then I thought about how it could make a short story. That is, I think … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thoughts About The Written Word

Today’s post is an esoteric rant about the difficulty in finding ground to stand on when it comes to reading and writing. On the off-chance that anyone reads it and … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Scribbling Despite the Setbacks

  You  must write the requisite number of words a the set time even if you’re half-mad with worry or your heart is breaking.–John Braine I’ve been struggling through some … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Message Scribbled on an Envelope

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Uncanny

The “uncanny valley” is a hypothesis in the field of human aesthetics which holds that when human features look and move almost, but not exactly, like natural human beings, it … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Make Me Care

The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck and … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wishing You All a Productive (If Not Prolific) 2015

Cheers to all my lovely followers. Just keep writing, no matter what.  

December 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

From Here to Uncertainty

A fiction writer with generalized anxiety disorder like myself isn’t prone to step outside her comfort zone. In fact, every situation presents a new threat. However, this state of mind … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Taking a Risk

December 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Fiction is About Questions, Not Answers

Wendell Berry’s poem reminds me that it’s okay to be lost in and troubled by one’s own life and one’s own work. Most of the time I don’t know what … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ambiguity vs Arbitrariness

vs The two words seem similar, but they aren’t. Be careful you don’t confuse them. Good fiction is chock full of ambiguity. You don’t want to be a master of … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Just Begin Where You Are

So, there you sit alone at some desk or at a table, say, at a cafe, writing tools at hand, maybe a drink of some kind. You made a date … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

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