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New Clarity of Night Contest

Jason Evans, owner of Clarity of Night website, is sponsoring a short fiction contest. He has these contests regularly and uses pictures to stimulate the writer’s imagination. He also supplies prizes. This contest starts on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, and will be co-hosted by Jaye Wells, newly published author of Red-Headed Stepchild. The contest is […]

NYC Midnight Tweet-length story contest

I signed up and was sent a link to my group number and word. All I had to do was come with at least one story of no more than 140 characters in five hours. What an idea for a writing contest! As those of you who belong to Twitter know, each tweet can be […]

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Blood Lines

I just uploaded my most recent flash story at If you’re a member there, please take a minute to review the story. It’s located under Reading > Static Items > Blood Lines. If you’re not a member there, let me know if you’d like to read the story.

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10,000 hours

Recently, I’ve read that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at anything. That means that we need to read (like writers) and write for 10,000 hours to build a foundation from which to launch our art. How much reading and writing do you do?

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Writing Contest – Flash fiction

Jason Evans at The Clarity of Night blog is preparing to run another flash fiction writing contest. His contests are based on photographs. The piece can be of any genre and will be posted on his blog. The stories get comments from blog readers and other contestants. It’s a good experience for those writers who […]

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New President-Elect

It’s a relief to say that we have a new president-elect in the USA . Big sigh of relief! Maybe now I won’t be considered a traitor when I disagree with him.  [tongue in cheek] The writing’s been slow these past months. Making a big move has taken all my attention and energy. Although I […]

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Tired of being called a traitor

I received yet another link to a video calling Obama a traitor. This one was posted by a young veteran of the Iraq invasion and occupation. Of course the young people in our military forces are doing a good job! Of course they are brave and valiant! This war is not their fault – and […]

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Focus on the negative

As a firm believer in working on our strengths, instead of our weaknesses, I also believe that a positive mental attitude carries us farther. Recently, my positive attitude has been sorely tested. We’re working to make a big change in our lives and I’ve become fatigued. Not tired. Fatigued. Mind numbing. Thought swallowing. Brain wading […]

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What do editors / agents / publishers really want?

Have you ever wondered what an editor, agent, publisher really wants in a story? Do you have story ideas that seem great in the moment, but become just like everyone else’s? Is your story a cliche? If so, you’re not alone. We all come up with a plot that has conflict. Conflict has only three […]

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First reader at Flashing Swords Magazine

A couple of months ago, the managing editor of Flashing Swords Magazine asked for volunteers to read submitted stories. The magazine publishes mostly Sword and Sorcery (SS) stories, so I was very interested. The editor sent me a story to review and comment on, and I sent her my comments. After that, I was on […]