Category: writing

I can predict the weather

I can predict the weather

I felt the change in weather as a migraine spider-webbing its way across the right side of my skull. The storm suited my mood: impatient, unsatisfied, expectant. I have not yet developed an instinct for process, for taking joy in the things themselves and not just what results from the things. When the clouds and...

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s The Insider’s Guide to Publishing is depressing, although I believe he was aiming for darkly humorous. Unfortunately, I found the humor to be more annoying than funny. I will save you the trouble of reading it by distilling the information here: Publication is unlikely, especially paid publication. Your book will probably flop, and...

I will read more writing magazines

I will read more writing magazines

I used to read magazines, especially writing magazines, religiously. But life inserted itself into my perfect routines, and my subscriptions piled up, issue after issue going unread, until I eventually cancelled them all. I always feel I must read EVERY ISSUE EVER, going back to the beginning of time. As the pile of unread issues...

FictionFeed.net reviews my story, “She’s a Work of Art”

FictionFeed.net reviews my story, “She’s a Work of Art”

On Saturday I got a big, wonderful, surprise. FictionFeed.net, a website that reviews short stories published online, posted a very kind review of my recently-published short story, “She’s a Work of Art.” The most gratifying part of the review for me was seeing my prose called magical realism, even though this particular story doesn’t have...

A writer’s self-care package

A writer’s self-care package

My life is chaos right now: I’m busy at work, my home is being renovated, I don’t have home internet access, and I don’t know where anything is. I’m longing for my college days when my mother would send me a care package full of Bigelow French Vanilla Black Tea and Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy...