Writing quandaries

I have started writing a historical fiction novel. It was going to involve time travel–which would fuse historical fiction with science fiction. I started out writing with the time travel part. But then I went back to the main character’s childhood, and I’ve stayed there. I have found interesting tidbits from history, and I’ve written … More Writing quandaries

Ambassador Chapter 1

A Novel I was four years old the first time I saw a swastika. As Father unlocked the door of our new house, I noticed a strange symbol embedded in the concrete surface next to the steps. It looked like a twisted cross made out of bricks. “What’s that?” I whispered to Mother. “That’s a … More Ambassador Chapter 1

I am enough–and you are enough too!

I am participating in the Writing Contest: You Are Enough, hosted by Positive Writer. Direct link here: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-enough/ Here goes: Please don’t tell them I’m here; I’ve been hiding from them—The Editor and The Critic. When they’re not looking, I sneak away to my offline computer, the one that doesn’t connect to the internet. It … More I am enough–and you are enough too!

Maps of my worlds

I’ve started writing a time-travel, historical novel. There are lots of things floating around in my head, and there are various ways I need to put it on paper before it can be exposed to the “real world.” I made a timeline, and obviously, since there is time travel, there will be a lot of … More Maps of my worlds

Facing my opponent

I am happy to have another story published. This is a Flash Fiction piece, published at 101words.com Here it is: Facing my Opponent Sweat cascades down my head as I peddle, one, two, three miles, uphill both ways. I race along on the treadmill to the beat of my iPod. My opponent’s picture, the one … More Facing my opponent

Things that bug me, aka First World Problems. What bugs you?

How about the guy at the gym that does one set on the machine, doesn’t wipe it off while it drips of his sweat, then paces back and forth through the other machines, with headphones on, singing intermittently and scaring the crap out of each time he starts to sing, and then goes back to … More Things that bug me, aka First World Problems. What bugs you?

Hungry for rejection?

There is a feature in a magazine called “Reject A Hit”. It is a parody of what an editor might have written when rejecting a book that turned out to be a huge success.  While the magazine seems to like printing submissions that reject classics, such as anything written by Charles Dickens, the dictionary (several … More Hungry for rejection?

There is now a fourth genre for writing

I heard about “4th Genre” and I’m like,  what the heck is that? So I trot off to Google… and find out that there were three: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. Now there is “the fourth” —which is called “creative nonfiction.” Isn’t that kind of like “an embellished memoir in short spurts”???????!!!!!!! From what I have … More There is now a fourth genre for writing