Last Lines

This week’s flash fiction prompt from Chuck Wendig is so short one can almost misconstrue it as easy. Here it is: Your task this week is simple: I want you to come up with a single sentence. Just one. No more than thirteen words long. That’s it? I thought initially, until I started to really […]

PitchWars Hard Work: “Killing” Mrs. Krimble

“Kill your darlings,” they say. But Mrs. Krimble? I was so resistant to the idea. Austin Aslan, my PitchWars mentor was wise to introduce this murderous concept to me only a little bit at a time. “Killing” Mrs. Krimble was a concept I was slow to warm to. But, when I opened the email with […]

#PitchWars – Let’s DO This!

Okay. I need a moment. I’m about to submit my application to #PitchWars. What is Pitch Wars, you ask? In short, it is an insanely cool contest for writers who are ready to seek representation for a work in process. But, for all the nitty-gritty details, please see Brenda Drake’s post all about the contest. Brenda […]

First Draft Fiction – Change the World

The following is a first draft of a short story written as part of the Story A Day May 2016 Challenge. This is Story #5 for day 5 (being a l little late is turning into a habit here…). In the comments below, please share your critique of the story. Also, let me know if […]

First Draft Fiction – The Life of a Spoon

The following is a first draft of a short story written as part of the Story A Day May 2016 Challenge. This is Story #4 for day 4 (even though I am late again!). In the comments below, please share your critique of the story. Also, let me know if this is a character/story you’d […]

First Draft Fiction – It Only Takes One

The following is a first draft of a short story written as part of the Story A Day May 2016 Challenge. This is Story #3 for day 3 (which also happens to be Teacher Appreciation Day). In the comments below, please share your critique of the story. Also, let me know if this is a […]