Contest Update

Sigh…I did not progress to the next round of the NYC Midnight short story competition. But I’m okay with that.  The feedback I received from the judges was kind of what I expected. For 2500 words my plot was a little unwieldy.

(Be sure and check out their site. They run many different types of writing contests over the course of the year.)

On the other hand, I have a great outline in the making for a much longer story. Maybe even a better story. 😉

Do I think it was worth entering? Yes, I do. Would I enter again? Yes, I would. The writer’s forum was a great place where the writers shared their stories and gave feedback to one another. You didn’t have to participate. I didn’t post my story because I was feeling a bit shy. I offered some feedback and that was fun.

So now its back to the regularly scheduled writing program. The one where I try to make time for it to happen. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

PS. I may post my short story after I finish its revision.

Expectation: The Key to Emotional Upheaval

For a long time I read books and blogs and essays on how to improve my writing, especially as it relates to character. And the sources always say things like, What is your character’s world view? What does your character want? (goal) How have their past experiences influenced them? What’s the worst possible event you could throw at your protagonist based on his/her emotional wounds? Make it hard for him/her to achieve their goal.

And I thought, yeah, okay. My protagonist is afraid of loss. His mom died when he was young. So maybe a close friend of his dies? How does this effect him?

I would just sit there stuck. Well, he could be mad, or sad. Maybe he’d call a friend? Continue reading

I entered a short story writing contest. I’m stoked!

I am pleased to announce that I entered a short story contest, and it was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. Why, you ask? Because it forced me to complete an entire story, edit it, and meet a deadline. Did I mention I only had eight days?

Some of you may be familiar with NYCMidnight and their writing contests. I’d learned about it from a friend. She’s entered their contests in the past. The unique part about it was  NYCMidnight assigns you your genre, subject, and character details. So there was no “Hey, I have this old story I could use,” shenanigans.

In this contest, there are three rounds.  Here are the specifics.

Round 1    2500words max    8 days   Jan 26th through  Feb 3rd 2018

Round2     2000 words max   3 days   March 29th through April 1st 2018

Round 3     1500 words max   24hours  May 11-12  2018

Yes, you can be under on the word count.

The only bummer is waiting for the results. I’m not sure when they notify you that you get to continue. A week before? A couple of days?   However the contest is open internationally and the entrant’s list is huge, so I guess I can understand why it takes so long to judge.

Every writer also gets some feedback from the judges. Love it!

Even though this was an unexpected writing endeavor on my part, I feel it still falls under my 2018 goals. I’m writing, and I finished something. (I know I’m supposed to be completing my old stuff.)

I want to thank all my writing friends who took time from their busy schedules to offer suggestions and proofread my work, especially because I suck at grammar. (Gon’na have to bone up.)

I’ll keep you updated on the results. Wish me luck!


Some poetry on chronic pain

I have some chronic pain issues. I won’t go into detail accept to say it sucks. I wrote this poetry at four in the morning unable to sleep and feeling like I’m dying. I’m not saying it’s any good. I’m just expressing my feelings any way they come to me.

Death and Pain

Death is a stalker
Pain is his might
Elusive as an echo
Rippling darkly within light.

Pain is My Partner

Dancing with desperation
Tangoing with time
Pain is my partner
Escorting me through life Continue reading

Shooting your esteem in the foot…for nothing.

I was drifting around in the internet the other day and decided to visit some of my favorite authors’ websites.

Of course, I got sucked into reading some blog posts. One post about querying led me to another web site that focused strictly on, you guessed it, querying. Ummm, I said to myself, this is putting the cart before the horse, but let’s check it out anyway.

So, I got stuck there for a few hours reading query submissions and reading the agent’s comments on why they didn’t work, then reading the revisions, and then reading the revised agent’s comments and so on.  (And by the way, I did find this information very helpful.)

Now I’m invested Continue reading

It’s too cold…Brrrrrr!

Its way too cold outside, so I stayed in and did a puzzle. You’re thinking with all the writing you have to do, how could you take time to do a puzzle? Crazy, right?

But there’s something really relaxing about doing a puzzle.  Maybe it’s because it draws your focus so completely. It’s simple (shape and color) and it forces you too look at the pieces in a different way every time you handle them and that’s a great exercise for the brain.  And I’m down for anything that boosts my creative brain power.   Because anything that boosts my creative side benefits my writing. But the best part is when you finish. There’s nothing more satisfying than clicking that last piece into place. Ahhhh. And that’s how writing feels when you finish that scene or transition or even that next page. Although, with writing it’s just a little harder to get there and not get frustrated along the way. I swear the stories in my mind like to hoard some of the pieces. Lol!

What about you? What do you do for a fun creative brain boost?

Rather Be The Devil

By: Ian Rankin

This was a discovery at my library. I was looking for a good mystery to sink my teeth into. This book featured a retired detective named John Rebus. Now that he has all this free time, he asks an associate (on the sly) to bring him a cold case file about a socialite who was killed, over thirty years ago, in a hotel the same night a famous rock star and his entourage stayed there. There is also a current day investigation which ties into this past mystery.

This book is part of a much larger series. I give the author credit for making me feel a part of these character’s lives even though I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. Continue reading

Debut Novel “The Sisters’ Song” by Louise Allan

This is Louise’s first published book and I’m sure it won’t be her last. I was fortunate to meet Louise through online classes a few years ago. You can immediately sense what a sincere and kind person she is just by reading her blog posts and by the thoughtful responses she gives to those who take the time to comment on them.

In her blog she reveals pieces of her life and amid the memories she shares lay the seeds of this story. Continue reading