Write-a-Thon Post-Mortem

Well, I did it! I wrote 50 new short story drafts in 42 days.  I started strong, zipping out some flashy flash pieces, and I slogged and hit writer’s block and I did sorta take four days out to revise a novel because that’s the kind of crazy I am. Only 3 stories were started […]

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Write-a-Thon 2017 Stories List

My goal for the 2017 Clarion Write-a-Thon is to write 50 stories in six weeks. I’ll keep track here and on twitter.  My previous post has a list of rewards I’m offering if you donate to my cause! Progress: Day One: 1. “Saving Big Daddy” re-write horror story 2. “Ghost Toddler” re-write horror story 3. […]

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Write-A-Thon 2017

The write-a-thon is a fundraiser for the fantastic Clarion writing workshop, a chance for aspiring authors to work for six intense weeks with top professionals in the business.  I attended Clarion and want to help everyone have a chance to experience the wonder and joy I did, so I donate every year to the write-a-thon […]

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Write like a bricklayer

I used to think that writing would be like being an acrobat… performing breathless feats, leaving my audience stunned on the ground.  Sure, there would be practice, grueling hours of it (didn’t we have “writing exercises”  in school?) but that wouldn’t be the real work. I would practice and practice and then, when the time […]

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My Clarion

11 out of 18 members of my Clarion writing workshop class managed to make it to a cabin in Lake Tahoe for a Clarion Reunion.  The Clarion Workshop is happening right now in San Diego and our hearts go out to the students having the life-changing experiences we shared three years ago. Ray Bradbury’s Prolific […]

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Write-a-thon 2016

Okay so, I wasn’t going to do the write-a-thon this year. I feel like I spend too much time soliciting donations for various causes and I don’t want to bother people. Then I found out they did not have nearly as many authors this year as usual. So I kinda hadda. What is a write-a-thon? […]

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Wherein A Kitten Loves a Chatbot

My dear friend Mary Turzillo prompted me in the last write-a-thon for  “A cat falls in love with a chat bot.” This story, Kitten Lorelei ❤ CherryBerry24, was the result.  Not since Zombie Hitler have I written something so marvelously silly.  Drawing loosely on my early days as an online chat addict and not-so-loosely on that […]

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