Feed your writing by changing it up

Today I head north to participate in the VLP Short Story contest. During this contest, participants are given a theme (on the spot, no advance prep work) and then have three hours to write a complete story. The only resource we have is the word processing program on the computers provided. I have to say, […]

Surviving the writing life

With the week of work I have had, I was worried that the final resting place I would be writing about for Charli Mill’s writing challenge this week would be my own. In the span of a week, I have edited one thesis and two academic books totaling just over 1,000 pages. I also had an […]

One Little Boy’s Lesson on Compassion

Edit: I am resharing this post as part of the #1000Speak campaign to flood the world with stories of compassion. Today I am sharing my response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch weekly flash fiction challenge. This week’s challenge is all about compassion: February 11, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that demonstrates […]

Telling a story in 30 words

For the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to participate in Three Line Thursday for a couple of different reasons, but I was determined to get back to it (remember that my 2015 writing contract with myself includes trying writing processes that are not the norm for me). One of my January entries placed third, […]

Three Line Thursday

Part of my 2015 writing contract with myself is to “put myself out there” more. In January, I have sought out online writing contests to connect with new writing communities. In one such contest, “Three Line Thursday,” writers must respond to a photo prompt with only three lines of text in the comments. Three lines?!  Challenge accepted! Last week, […]