Where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?

Stories Published This Spring The pandemic spring, when time moved strangely and everyone swam through a dark dream, until reality shone a floodlight on us all. It felt like I did nothing this spring. I often berated myself for doing … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Boot Camp

Do you sometimes need a push to get writing? I do, especially in this time of quarantine, when normal life structures have been lifted. I find it helpful to have deadlines, prompts, and someone to hold me accountable. That’s why … Continue reading

The Monday Prompt, #5

The Mix Tape Write a flash prose piece (fiction or nonfiction) that begins with a line from a pop song. Aim for not more than 400 words, and in the body of the story, use at least four other words … Continue reading

The Monday Prompt, #3

Opposites Attract This week’s prompt: write a flash fiction (or nonfiction) story, or a poem, using pairs of opposite concepts, such as light/dark, sun/moon, sleep/wake, summer/winter, etc. You can brainstorm some specific opposites first, then use either the actual words … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Distillery

In cooking, it would be the equivalent of making a reduction sauce, paring down each tale to its essence, giving it time to simmer, until you have an explosion of taste in just a tiny amount that lingers on the … Continue reading

First Story of 2020!

Fences won’t stop horses with wings. My story “In the Shadow of Their Wings” is the first to be published in the new year. It made its debut in the second issue of Ligeia magazine. And other exciting news: My … Continue reading

It Was Always June

I’ve heard poet friends say that they never have a moment free in April, because National Poetry Month means ALL the readings and conferences and workshops happen in that one month. June is sort of like that for Flash Fiction … Continue reading

Spring Updates

Recent Publications My two most recently published stories have a very different path to publication. “Historic Preservation,” a micro published in the Irish magazine The Cabinet of Heed, grew out of a writing prompt that took an unexpected turn. I … Continue reading

The Last of 2018

Yearly Wrap-up: Stories published in 2018: 11 Stories republished in anthologies: 1 Nominations: 2 “Squeeze Box” from 3 Elements Review nominated for Best of the Net “The Girl Dies at the End” from Monkeybicycle nominated for Best Microfiction Podcasts: 1 … Continue reading

Sometimes It Happens in a Flash

Sometimes stories come together almost instantly. I would say “easy as pie,” except I make pies. I know how much time it takes to get them right! Sometimes stories take a long time to simmer. An idea might get started, … Continue reading