Category Writing

Cheffo’s Favourites of 2015

Your typical “Best of” list seem to run at least 10 entries and are put out by people who read widely, and with a critical eye. In 2015 I read more widely, and with a more critical eye. I read stories recommended by others, stories by writers whose work I enjoy and stories featured in […]

Resolution Time

We’re past that most wonderful time of the year and have entered the zone where melancholy meets reflection and we resolve to do better.   For me, that means finishing what I start and submitting what I finish. No more classes, no more craft books. At least for now. I have to do more of […]

New LitMags to Watch

As we 2015 winds down, we received word that Tor.com is closing their slush pile. They will continue to solicit short fiction submissions, but no more unsolicited stuff for them. Fair enough as they are a very visible, yet exclusive market. It looks like they have not updated their submissions page yet, so if you […]

#ShouldBeWriting: Hysterical Literature (NSFW)

I should be telling you to write-write-write or read-read-read, but it’s bloody Friday and sometimes you just need to succumb to the desire. Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It’s also just really fun to watch.) http://hystericalliterature.com/ […]

Need a StoryFix … at a discount?

Some time ago, after I had finished a zero-draft of novel #1, I realized that there were too many moving parts in a novel that I did not understand and had not kept in mind whilst Nano-ing away. With the next novel, I took some time. Looked at the various components. Am still looking at […]

#ShouldBeWriting: Stephen King WordSearch

I missed this when it came out, but our dear friend Susie over at Insatiable Booksluts posted a Stephen Kind wordsearch puzzle that is a perfect distraction from #amwriting. http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2015/10/23/activity-page-stephen-king-word-search/ You’re welcome! #ShouldBeWriting Follow the Insatiable Booksluts on Twitter: @thebooksluts

That awful NanoWriMo hangover

A novel written in a sprint leads to a decathlon of rewrites and editing. Over on LitReactor, Brandon Tietz talks about your next 8 steps. https://litreactor.com/columns/nanowrimo-hangover-8-steps-to-recovery Or — if you didn’t finish — Leah Dearborn has some suggestions about what to do with that unfinished manuscript. https://litreactor.com/columns/5-uses-for-your-unfinished-nanowrimo-manuscript

Upping My Numbers

Welp. 2015 was underwhelming in terms of story production and acceptances. Don’t get me wrong: I am grateful to have a story featured in QUICK SHIVERS ABOUT BUGS. Their anthologies have featured stories by writers I admire and crafting a 100 word story around somebody else’s nightmare was real work and taught me a lot. But I didn’t […]

Sometimes you just have to burn it all down

After NANO-ing my first book, I started working on a second. Cool concept leaning into a good premise and some good structural tentpoles for the first quarter. Got some supportive feedback from a pro. Then I took some time to work on my short game. I took a couple of classes and wrote some stories before […]

When people listen and care and you don’t even know it.

So, I love books and love writing. This wasn’t always the case. Back in the early 80’s, I was a less-than-stellar student in the realms of composition and literature. Just didn’t have the knack or the interest. Then my English teacher took a break from the established curriculum to have us read Timothy Findley’s FAMOUS […]

ACCEPTANCE: Quick Shivers about Bugs

Delighted and grateful to report that I heard back on the first of the Microfiction Madness submissions. My piece CHOSEN has been accepted by DailyNightmare.com for their Quick Shivers about Bugs anthology. First sale of 2015! Woot!

Microfiction Madness

At the end of March, I decided to take a break from short stories and try my hand at microfiction — stories of 100 words or fewer. I wanted to see if I could generate friction from rubbing a very few sentences together. Writing short, short, short stories is hard and every word has to […]