Another Look at Commas

Commas are the bane of my writing existence. It's amazing how one tiny, squiggly, thingamajig (okay, punctuation mark) can create such havoc. If you don't believe me consider the following: See what I mean? Been there, done that; fortunately, for those of us who struggle with the almighty comma, we have the  Grammar Revolution. This … Continue reading Another Look at Commas

Spicy Language

The Daily Post Prompt:  Spicy "Morning mom." Karen stopped in the doorway of the kitchen and stared. Her mom, lost in the pages of a book, hadn't heard a thing and her coffee sat untouched in front of her. Karen stepped back into the shadow of the hallway. Her mother didn't move except to turn the page and … Continue reading Spicy Language

Thank God We’ve Evolved

DAILY PROMPT:  Toothbrush I can remember as a child, my mother quizzing me, "Did you brush your teeth?" Twice a day and nothing less was the rule in our house. It was a practice I carried over to my children. I wanted them to develop the habit of brushing early and be proud of their healthy … Continue reading Thank God We’ve Evolved

Dialogue Stories Worth Sharing

In keeping with the theme of dialogue (if you read my last post,  today's  stories to share are the winners of the Annual Dialogue Story Contest offered by Bartleby Snopes.  Unfortunately, Bartleby Snopes closed their doors (so to speak) in 2016. But, you can still find the winning stories and many others in their online edition, … Continue reading Dialogue Stories Worth Sharing

Not the Headline I Had in Mind

Of all the places I thought I might meet my demise, locked inside a chicken coop, in 90-degree weather, was NOT on my list of ways to meet my maker. I haven't seen the inside of a chicken coop since I was a child. It was a regular occurrence for Grandma Mattie to run me … Continue reading Not the Headline I Had in Mind

Catch Mistakes Before You Submit

Have you ever submitted a story or article only to discover later, mistakes you missed? Me too, and more often than I care to admit. If you could use a little help, check out this article from  Autocrit on identifying mistakes before you hit the send button. Catch More Mistakes with These DIY Proofreading Techniques. I’d … Continue reading Catch Mistakes Before You Submit

Stories To Share

As writers, we want to know our stories are being read and enjoyed by others. We love to see a comment or even a "like." For me, short stories are an excellent way to unwind and learn about the craft.  When I come across one I find particularly engaging, I like to share it - … Continue reading Stories To Share

Looks Like a Princess to Me

This was a draft from an old prompt. Don't remember why I didn't get around to posting this, but here it is. Enjoy. Panicked, the man ran from rack to rack. “Can I help you, Sir?” The clerk asked. “I only looked away for a minute.” “You've lost something?” The man frantically wiped aside clothes … Continue reading Looks Like a Princess to Me

Maybe You Don’t Need to Write Every Day

I was thrilled to read this post by Annie Scholl. I've struggled with the issue of writing daily for a long time. That wasn't always the case. For years, I wrote every day. Whether  I wrote based on a prompt or on one of my many works in progress, stories filled the pages. These days? I … Continue reading Maybe You Don’t Need to Write Every Day

A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards

Thanks to the Almond Press for this comprehensive list of writing competitions and contest. Start 2017 off right by checking these out and making a submission. This is a list of international and local creative writing competitions, contests, and awards. Opportunities for experienced and aspiring writers to get published. To see the complete lists, with dates, … Continue reading A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards