There are few things finer in this life than books and booze. My personal heaven is when I get a moment to myself, make a drink (beer, more often than not) and read a good story. Enter, Molly Tanzer and Nickmamatas' Mixed Up, a collection of flash fiction and cocktail recipes. Oh, this book is … Continue reading This is THE Perfect Gift for That Book-and-Booze Lover in Your Life.
Here's a short story I wrote in about 15 minutes at a drink-and-write event that Willona Sloan held at last year's Reykjavik Literature Festival. This is what 7 years of writing practice gets you. Enjoy. Windowsill Cowboy Thomas sat on his favorite windowsill in the living room and looked out at the sun set over the … Continue reading Windowsill Cowboy – Short Story
This is a long-ish flash fiction story (1300 words) that started as a misread prompt on Chuck Wendig's blog. It was supposed to be about a "Man who owes money to some bad people", but I misread money as "monkey". So here it is, my story about a man who owes a monkey to some … Continue reading Going Clean
Fireside Magazine is out. The lineup of writers appearing in Fireside is available for all to peruse, and I'm on it! *throws confetti* This is a pretty big deal for me, since there are some great names on there (Ken Liu, for one) and I'm just like the kid who got into the grown-up's party. I … Continue reading It Has Started!
So... I made the first professional short story sale of my career last month, to Fireside Magazine. This is the contract, all Instagrammed to bits so you can't really see all the words. It's the first time I've had to sign a contract for anything I've written, and it made me feel... official. For all … Continue reading The Filthy Pro
My son has trouble sleeping, and wakes up every night with a start. He falls asleep like every other kid, sometimes after a yawn and saying good night, sometimes after an hour of jumping on the bed singing "I'm not tired, I'm not tired." And then, after about three hours of sleep, he'll wake with … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction – The Dreamgiver
Dialogue is part of writing that many writers get wrong, or misunderstand. It shouldn't. I've taken three short-story writing courses and in the first one we were to write a short story that was heavy on dialogue. Most of the people taking the class, me included, were anxious about writing dialogue. So here's what I … Continue reading Let’s Talk! Dialogue in Fiction
This is my entry in the second round of a contest over on Google Plus. The story was to be 350 words, written around the image below. The image is from deviantart, and I guess I got the strangeness of both the story and of the style of writing from there. I hope you like … Continue reading The Memory of Lost Love
This is a story that I entered into a 250-word-max contest, and did not win. I have little problem getting my work published, when I manage to ignore the internet long enough to bang out a story, but have yet to place in a contest. *EDIT* After a suggestion from circlesunderstreetlights in the comments, I have … Continue reading Friday Flash, Short as They Come
This is one of those stories that I wrote and was starting to gather dust on my hard drive. So, this Friday I'm cheating by putting up a story I wrote *gasp* last year. The Person in the Seat Next to You After putting her hand luggage away, Gwen found her seat, next to an … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction