Tag Archive for story

Have a Halloween Story

Just in time for Halloween, I’m pleased to offer my short story, Playground of a Lesser God, online for free! Alone in her abandoned neighborhood on Halloween night, 10-year-old Elena is surrounded by ghost memories of her past. On the ruined playground where she used to go with her little sister, she solves a puzzle, uncovers a unique invention and… Read more →

“Bedroom Community” in FSM!

I woke up to this lovely review of one of my favourite stories this morning. I’m delighted that it’s just been published in Issue 13 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine—my second story with this magazine. Charles Payseur wrote in his blog, Quick Sip Reviews: This story marks the most serious the issue gets (as far as original fiction is concerned) and… Read more →

Futuristica Vol 1

It’s out! Futuristica: Vol 1 by Metasagas Press is available online in print and ebook versions. This 359 page anthology of science fiction has nineteen stories chosen from over 650 submissions. There are authors from or living in Canada, the UK, Italy, Ukraine, Nigeria, Netherlands and Israel as well as the US. My story, “Hu.man and Best,” is set in… 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 →

Recipe for Revision

courtesy of liquene For the last week or so, I’ve been working on the novel I wrote in November during NaNoWriMo. Today I admitted to myself, that while effort has been expended [passive voice has been used], I’m flailing. I’ve been changing this, changing that, working obsessively on that all-important opening scene, but with very little strategy in mind. My… Read more →

Written into a Corner

This happens to me way too often. I’m speeding along at a rapid, first-draft clip, feeling on top of my writing game, when I find myself rather suddenly up against a wall. Two walls, in fact—my nose pressed up into a corner. I turn around and find the room FULL of words. The way out is on the opposite wall… Read more →

Seeing Voices, copyright nancysmwaldman 2012

Seeing Voices

With apologies to one of my favourite writing physicians, Oliver Sacks, I titled this post, Seeing Voices, because that’s what it feels like when I’m fully engaged in writing characters I know well. So how do you come up with complex, interesting characters? Get them to talk. Engage them in conversation. Ask them questions not only about the predicament they’re… Read more →