Flash Fiction: Soup

Welcome to another 99-word drabble in response to the prompt provided by Charli over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about comfort food. I’m featuring one of my own from my childhood – with a dystopian twist. Soup I crumble six crackers into the bowl. Six crackers per…

5 Things Authors Wish Readers Knew

When I was just a reader, meaning I didn’t create my own word babies, I didn’t have a clue what went into making books or how my being a reader mattered to anyone. Now that I’m on both sides of the fence, the picture is much clearer – and I try to be a “better”…

S is for Story Is Now Live!

Check this out! http://geni.us/gpsV S is for Story is now available for purchase and reviewing on Amazon. I think that’s pretty exciting. Thanks again for making the book possible. You guys rock.

Coming Soon To Amazon – The Story Stuff A-Z Ebook!

If you followed the blog in April, you know I participated in the A-Z blogging challenge after choosing the theme of Story Stuff—anything lining up with elements involved in writing a fictional piece. Because I linked many of the posts to other related posts, the series ended up being a rather comprehensive collection of fiction writing…

Story Stuff: Z Is For Zippers (And Other Minor Details)

Before we get started, I gotta do one thing. We did it! The A-Z challenge is complete! I hope you’ve found the information useful and entertaining. If you ever feel inclined to revisit, the links for all the posts will be on the A-Z post and also on the Writing Posts page. Now, let’s get to…

Story Stuff: Y Is For Young Characters

Whew! We’re almost to the finish line in our series. Can you believe it? Today we’re talking about a topic that I think gets overlooked – writing youthful characters accurately, especially in non-YA or children’s stories. I was an elementary teacher for more than a decade, and part of that was studying child development. We…

Story Stuff: X Is For eXclamation Marks

Yes, I cheated. A little. I figured we didn’t really need to know about xylophones, x-rays, or…xenomorphs. Isn’t English fun sometimes? Anyway, today in our series we’re talking about the nitty gritty of writing – punctuation. Don’t worry. It’ll be okay. We’re only talking about exclamation marks because 1. I used them to cheat in…