Monday, July 27, 2015

Motivational Monday


TRY TO BE LIKE THE TURTLE - 
AT EASE IN YOUR OWN SHELL.
(Bill Copeland)

This Monday's quote is from the tortoises. (There was some, um, discussion about this since it says "turtles" not tortoises* but we all agreed - eventually and over a snack/bribe of basil - that the message was what truly counted.) 

So, Larry and Mrs. Larry want to remind us all that even though we don't have awesome shells like they do, we should still be comfortable in our own skin and be happy with who we are.

Have a great week, everyone!

( *Generally speaking, turtles live in or near water while tortoises are more land-based.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Store With The Snacks: What If . . . ?

SCENARIO:  Inside one of those big warehouse stores, at one of the food sample tables . . . .

What if . . . the old woman elbowing people out of the way knows this is her only chance to really eat today? What if she gives the little food she has at home to her sick husband? What if he doesn't know how dire their circumstances are?

What if . . . a fistfight breaks out between two women over the last sample on the tray? What if the women know each other and they're really fighting about something else, like one had an affair with the other's husband? What if their kids witness the fight?

What if . . . the middle-aged man handing out samples has a deadly virus that will ultimately cause the apocalypse? What if he doesn't know he has it? What if he does, and spreads it on purpose? 

What would you do with this scenario? Who are all the people who could become characters? Does it trigger an idea for an essay, a blog post, a flash fiction story, a scene in your novel? 

[Thanks to my niece and nephew for the title of this post!]

Monday, July 20, 2015

Motivational Monday


I LOVE BOOKS SO MUCH, 
I'LL KISS THEM!
(Little girl at local library)

This so could've been me at that age.

Oh, who are we kidding? This is so me right now, at this age.   

What about you all? How much do you love books?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Flash Fiction Finalist!

It's no secret around here that I'm a big fan of literary agent Janet Reid's blog, and that I am a total sucker for her flash fiction contests. I enter more often than not, and even though my entry doesn't always garner recognition or finalist standing, I love the challenge, love stretching that creative muscle.

So, I was excited to see that my entry - "The creature leaves Janella gifts...." - was a finalist for last week's contest! Not only that, but all the finalists' entries received comments from Ms. Reid herself, saying why she enjoyed that piece.  

If you'd like to read my story and all the finalists, including the winner, click here.

If you'd like to see the contest details and read all the entries, click here

Monday, July 13, 2015

Motivational Monday


NEVER CONFUSE A SINGLE DEFEAT
WITH A FINAL DEFEAT.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Please don't let one rejection letter or bad review stop you from writing.

Please don't let one naysayer stop you from dreaming.

Please don't let one snide comment stop you from creating.

Please don't let one setback stop you from living the life you desire, the life you deserve.

Keep going! You can do it!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Coming Up Roses and Reflecting Pool - Nailpolish Stories

The July 2015 issue of Nailpolish Stories is live, and I'm happy to share that I have two stories published in it:

Coming Up Roses - a story of the survival instinct. 

Reflecting Pool - a story of loathing and of loss.

I hope you enjoy my stories as well as the entire issue! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Motivational Monday


IF YOU ARE ALWAYS TRYING
TO BE NORMAL,
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW
HOW AMAZING YOU CAN BE.
(Maya Angelou)

There were a handful of times in my life when I tried to be normal, when I tried to fit in. I tried to appease others. I tried to do, say, own what normal people do, say, own. I thought it would be so much easier to be normal. It was often lonely and exhausting on the outside. I wanted the view from the inside. 

I don't know why I bothered. Normal is not an outfit I wear well. Normal was an itchy sweater, socks that wouldn't stay up, too tight pants. I was constantly scratching and tugging and having to hold my breath.  

I don't know how "amazing" I'll ever be, but I'm finally able to just let go, to be myself. In an old NaNo t-shirt and Minion pajama pants, I can be me. I can breathe.