Flash Fiction: Glitterbeard

Before I share my response to Chari’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, I need to share something else. Anthony Bourdain is in the news this morning. A man who was so full of life couldn’t live with the shroud of depression any longer and took his own life. And while I wasn’t a…

3 Easy Cuts To Make When You Start Editing

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
Nothing beats the feeling of typing The End following the last scene of your manuscript. You’ve spent weeks to months to years laboring over sentence construction, timeline details, and character development, among many other things. Now is the time to celebrate. Because soon, it will be time to edit. If…

Flash Fiction: The New World

With all the A-Z challenge posts in April, I’ve been feeling the short story itch. And when I got an idea for a response to Chuck Wendig’s prompt this week, I decided to scratch it. Our task: write about real estate. Don’t worry. It’s not as boring as it sounds. At least I hope not.…

9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories

In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about how to make short stories…

The A-Z Bookbag: Z is for Zoo City

Hey, look at that! It’s Day Z, the last day of the A-Z challenge. I hope the past month has offered some interesting titles to add to your list. Our final Bookbag title, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, is a unique way to end the series. It features Zinzi, a young lady living in a…

The A-Z Bookbag: Y is for Yesterday’s Thief

Today’s Bookbag title is a sci-fi thriller that combines time travel, mind reading, and good doses of humor. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy is the first part of a series, all featuring a private investigator named Eric Beckman. This book is set in 2020, when self-driving cars, medical technology that allows for super-fast recovery, and…