Tag Archive for readers

Stretch Goals

Today, looking back at only two subs in January, I wondered why I had the impression of having been unusually productive since the first of the year. Then I remembered: one of those subs was a novel. Sending off a novel excerpt and synopsis is big deal [for me] and way more time-consuming than a short story, so that’s part… Read more →

No Place to Hide

We needed a downstairs bathroom in our old house, so my husband Barry is building it. He worked as a carpenter when he was a young man and has kept up his skills, but because it isn’t something he does all the time, there are many learning and re-learning curves. The other day while we were taking our evening walk,… Read more →

An August Evening for Writers

I’ve been asked to read two short selections at this year’s August Sonata, an evening for writers and readers, organized by Douglas Arthur Brown. I’ll be reading from “Mud Pies” which was recently published in Unearthed, Volume 3 of the Speculative Elements Series. It’s a fun fantasy about a young woman who is overworked in her family’s magical healing business.… Read more →

Power to the People

Have you heard the one about the publishing industry? A writer, an editor and a reader walk into an Establishment Pub[lishing] House. The affronted publisher asks, “What’s the story here?” The writer: “I’d like people to read what I’ve written.” The editor: “I’d like to edit fresh, original stories by real people rather than celebrities.” The reader: “I’d like to… Read more →

Quality I – Critiques

Last time, I wrote about the benefits of quantity as a beginning writer. The more you write, the more experience you gain, the more you know, the easier the process becomes. Practice, practice, practice. But, of course, that’s not the whole story. Improvements in quality come mainly from repeated revisions. That doesn’t mean endless revisions. You must move on at… Read more →