Flash Fiction: Forbidden Beef

Last November, I entered a 250-word flash fiction contest hosted by NYC Midnight. Thousands of writers entered, and we were placed into groups of 50-or-so and assigned an action, a word, and a genre. Our story had to include all three parts, and the top ten in each group would advance to the second round.…

What Was Good About 2020?

This happened on Twitter last night, which was New Year’s Eve: My Gen-X heart may or may not have skipped a beat. The year 2020, which I can now happily say was last year, will be famously remembered for being largely horrible for general reasons I don’t need to expand on here. Personally, it presented…

Flash Fiction: Cheese and Crackers

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch is a fun one: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about snacking. It can feature crunchy snacks or creamy one. Who is snacking on what and why? My take may be esoteric, but enough writers follow this blog that I think it will be…

Flash Fiction: The Jump

A few weeks ago, I entered my 100-word story in the second round of of NYC Midnight‘s flash fiction contest. I was assigned a genre, action, and word, and had 24 hours to craft my story. Sadly, I didn’t make the top ten this round, so I’m out of the game. I suspect that’s partly…

Flash Fiction: The Right Kind of Attention

Last month, I entered a flash fiction contest hosted by NYC Midnight. Many thousands of writers were sorted into subgroups and challenged to produce a 100-word story featuring an assigned genre, activity, and word in 24 hours. Last night, the results for the first round were released, and because my story placed in the top…

Top 3 Comma Errors To Avoid

Alternate title: Oh God a Post on Commas Whyyyyyyy Well, no. We don’t have to. But a couple of things happened recently that brought us here. The first was a response I left on Twitter. It was more a subtle jab at my grammar-nerdy self than an actual question (hence the lack of question mark).…

Flash Fiction: Fishing

This week’s piece comes courtesy of the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story deep waters. I may or may not have asked a book character to appear in this one. I’ll say which one after the story, in case you haven’t guessed by then. Fishing My…

Flash Fiction: A Little Something

Welcome to my response to the flash fiction prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to nourish. The characters can nourish or be nourished.  Since today is Mother’s Day, I put a bit of a maternal spin on it. Enjoy! A Little Something I open the pantry,…