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Swing for the Fences

I was reflecting on how rarely I see writers talk about the frustration of “near misses” when sending out stories. What I mean by this is the stories that get close but don’t quite make it – they reach second rounds at multiple venues or they receive really beautiful personalized rejections over and over again […]

We Never End Well

By Gwen Whiting We spent the money from our summer jobs buying alternate futures that year. Some huckster built a time machine on the boardwalk. Ten dollars bought five minutes of one possible reality. My boyfriend Luke said we should go together. It didn’t go well. No matter what we said or how often we…

Short Story Submissions – 2021

As a nosy writer, I always wonder what other writers’ rejection statistics look like. With that in mind, I thought I’d share my stats for last year as compiled by the Submission Grinder. Last year was the first year in about a decade that I actually wrote and submitted short stories. For the most part, […]

REFLECTIONS ON THE EYE OF THE WORLD/WOT (11-17)

As part of the reread challenge that my friend Dianne Gardner and I have set ourselves, I’m rereading and making observations about The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Dianne and I are not blogging about the same things so be sure to take a […]

Reflections on The Eye of the World/WOT (1-10)

As part of the reread challenge that my friend Dianne Gardner and I have set ourselves, I’m rereading and making observations about The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Mixed in with this will be commentary about the TV show and likely the fantasy genre […]

After Wheel of Time

Originally posted on Making Believe:
Season 1 Book and Show review My good friend and blogger-partner Gwen Whiting and I have been discussing Wheel of Time. The show has left some unsettled questions, questions we can’t even ask until we go back and review the book. I just don’t have the memory it takes to…

2021 Awards Eligibility Post

This year, I ventured into the world of short story writing. I’ve focused much of my effort on flash fiction, stories of 1000 words or less, in part to refine skills that I use in my place of employment. However, I’ve also found it both challenging and rewarding to tell stories with very few words. […]

(Writing) 11 September

Well, my writing streak of second round holds, followed by rejections, is still holding thus far with my recent rejection from Diabolical Plots. The rejection letter was so lovely that it’s hard to feel too hurt about it – there wasn’t a bad note in the entirety of the letter. This particular story is going […]

(writing) current state of things

It’s been a good, productive summer for writing. I credit Cat Rambo, the Nebula Awards, and Clarion West for a dramatic leap in my craft this year (well, I suppose I had a little to do with it too). I’ve been taking several of Cat’s classes – everything they teach has been useful and many […]

A Short Summer #3

Nebula weekend (which is amazing) has disrupted my well-meant plans to post a short story every day, though I will say that this is an incredible year for short fiction at the Nebulas. If you have not read “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell, you absolutely must. It is lovely and a little […]

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