Good to meet you! I’m Charli Mills. From riding horses to writing stories, I’m a born buckaroo wrangling words. I once won a trophy for goat-tying and later, one for story-telling.
With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, my writing is published in magazines, anthologies and online. See my resume to learn how a buckaroo gained such worldly experience.
My byline has appeared in Montana Outdoors, Colours Literary Magazine, Edible Twin Cities and online at USA Today. I used to write wellness columns and foodie features about turmeric and cheese-makers. I published over 200 print articles and managed the award-winning Living Naturally for 15 years.
For a complete list of my writing, achievements and presentations, see my Curricula Vitae. Yep, a buckaroo with a CV!
Nowadays, I make up stories. My literary art includes historical fiction and sensory-rich nature essays. I write about rocks, furry and feathered critters, the west, copper miners, and women on frontiers. I research buried history, write character-driven novels, and embrace the 99-word flash fiction form as scientifically-based magic.
Carrot Ranch LLC now has an imprint and a publishing partner. Miracle of Ducks, my debut novel, independently publishes in 2018.
An archeologist. A missing soldier. His dogs, her mess. Dr. Danni Gordon knows science, not people. Her husband, Ike, believes he’s still a soldier and gives up retirement to go to Iraq. He leaves her with his hounds, his best friend who hates her profession, and an impending house foreclosure. It’ll take the kind of miracle Danni doesn’t believe in.
As lead buckaroo of this outfit, I build literary community through weekly flash fiction challenges. I host the Congress of Rough Writers and curate their creative writing into shareable formats (online compilations, Patreon podcasts, local open mic events, and published anthologies).
Our literary community’s debut is The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1. (BOOK LINK COMING SOON!)
Thirty writers began with 99 words and forged literary feats. Vol. 1 explores the literary art of flash fiction through the earliest compilations at Carrot Ranch and a new flash fiction prompt. Some writers extended original 99-word stories into longer ones and the group’s memoirists reflected on how their practice of flash fiction impacted their nonfiction writing. Based on the experiences at Carrot Ranch, Vol. 1 offers tips to other groups interested in using flash fiction to build a literary community.
Charli and the Rough Writers begin work on Vol. 2 in 2018.
You can follow my flash fiction prompts, compilations and event announcements at the Carrot Ranch Facebook Page or on Twitter: @Charli_Mills. #ILOVECARROTRANCH and hope you do, too!
LIMITED CONSULTING AVAILABLE
I can offer training to small businesses, non profits and creatives on the topics of branding, storytelling, and building innovative business models. I’m the person you want to hire to develop a project. I’m a maximizer, taking what is good and making it great.
Ask me about the Rough Writer & Friends community discount.
Any workshops or retreats I set up will be listed under Events. However, if you have an interested group or event that one of my workshops might fit, let me know. In addition to business training, I have developed two specific writing workshops:
- Build a Writer’s Platform to Fit You© Not all writer’s platforms are alike, but the basic bricks involved can be defined and selected. Once you build it, decide how to use it. If all the books and information on platforms boggle your brain, this workshop will give you a solid foundation based on understanding what a platform is, how you can build it, and why it drives the marketing cycle.
- TUFF Novelists Workshop© is based on The Ultimate Flash Fiction, a five step challenge that mimics the writing process of a novel. As lead buckaroo of a weekly flash fiction challenge, I’ve used the 99-word form to generate breakthroughs in my own novel writing process. TUFF is a form to teach you what you need to do write, revise and edit your book. Learn how to integrate writing and editing into a productive revision process.
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