Author: Kelly Lynn Thomas

Winter blessing Spring

Winter blessing Spring

The snow melts slowly over the candle flame, first compacting into slush and then pooling at the bottom of the mason jar. Sakura-scented incense smoke rises and curls above the altar as I hum a chant, my prayer to spring. When the snow transforms completely to water, I begin the work of planting seeds for...

Read my story, “Warren Zevon Attempts Happiness,” in Shadowgraph Quarterly

Read my story, “Warren Zevon Attempts Happiness,” in Shadowgraph Quarterly

I wrote “Warren Zevon Attempts Happiness” many years ago, as part of my undergraduate creative writing thesis. It is based around true events, but is a completely fictionalized account of what might have happened to Warren Zevon (my favorite singer/songwriter) while he was living in Spain with his wife, Crystal. But something was missing from it. It...

#FridayReads: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

#FridayReads: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Title: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence Author: Jordan Rosenfeld Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books Publication Date: May 13, 2015 Format: Trade paperback Pages: 234 ISBN: 003-5313661976 List Price: $16.99 If you’ve ever felt discouraged by your writing—like you’re not good enough, like there’s no point, like it just doesn’t matter—this book is for you. This is...

Boiling

Boiling

Whenever I finish a big writing project, like a book, I feel completely spent and empty. The only things I can write for months afterward are flash fiction, (bad) poems, or blog posts. Sometimes only blog posts, and sometimes not even that. I have heard other writers describe this feeling of being empty and raw,...

Refresh

Refresh

Living with a chronic illness means that you have to be able to change plans based on how you’re feeling. If you don’t want people to see you as an unreliable flake (especially if your illness is invisible, like mine), you have to plan ahead and be ready to get things done on your good...