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Charli Mills

Howdy Folks!

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.

Charli Mills

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.

WRITING WORKSHOPS

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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29 Comments

  1. […] diamonds, visions, stairs, being in the moment, late night tales, and much more. Chief Buckaroo Charli Mills issues the weekly challenge and invites all writers to […]

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  2. […] Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch for organizing and for for this week’s […]

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Hi Charlie: Thanks for following my blog. I feel like I know you from all the shared posts with Irene. I too like to ride, although I haven’t for years. My daughter was a serious rider for a number of years in hunter jumper competitions. I prefer a western saddle!

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    • Charli Mills says:

      Jumping always looked fun to me. My family worked on a big ranch in California and there was a fox hunting group that rode there. It was odd to see the jumps they built over the fences throughout the ranch, and a stranger sight to see them with their hoard of fox terriers baying like banshees as they rode. It was so different compared to the buckaroos (the California version of cowboys) that pushed cattle and worked on the place. I love the western saddle — made for long hours of riding! I’m so glad we connected; I see you all the time at Irene’s place. Then I read Geoff’s review and got curious about your books! You won me over with chocolate!

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  4. woodbeez48 says:

    Thanks for finding and following my blog, Charli 🙂 I look forward to reading your posts too.

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  5. […] soon as I read that Charli’s CarrotRanch.com, March 11 99 word Flash Fiction prompt for the #1000Speak initiative was […]

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  6. […] Writers and Friends answer yes to all the above with great flash fiction led by weekly prompts from Charli Mills of the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction […]

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you so much for the follow it always lovely to recieve on it’s like a smile or a wave from a stranger ! Be well and happy!

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  8. Hi there Charli,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. I hope that you get as much pleasure from it as I do,
    Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Eddie

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  9. julespaige says:

    I was looking at this link about beautiful glass green houses and one of the names designer/architect in the link was Cobb.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/incredible-greenhouses-around-the-world/ss-BBlXaVL#image=9

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  10. J S Malpas says:

    Hi there! Just dropping by to say thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work 🙂

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  11. […] week Charlie Mills at Carrot Ranch has asked us to write 99 words about […]

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  12. […] week Charlie Mills at Carrot Ranch has prompted us to write 99 words about ‘once upon a time’ by 19th […]

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  13. […] fantastic fellow writers and have truly loved being a part of this amazing little community that Charli Mills has created. The support and encouragement, feedback and advice, camaraderie and friendships, and […]

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  14. Joe Owens says:

    Hello Charli. I stumbled across Carrot Ranch and am excited to see the Flash Fiction Challenge. I hope it is still active and I look forward to joining your crew here.

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    • Charli Mills says:

      Hi Joe!

      Welcome to Carrot Ranch. I’m in a bit of a personal lurch, but once I get through next week, the Ranch activities will resume. We’ve got the best crew in the world here!

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  15. Hi Charli,
    It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m thrilled you wandered over to my little corner of the world. Thank you for following and welcome to the fence jumpers. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  16. […] seen who have overcome the most disruptive of hardships. I frequently mention blogger and novelist Charli Mills here. In the last year, Charli has experienced eviction, homelessness, and dislocation. She has had […]

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  17. […] post was written in response to Charli Mills weekly flash fiction […]

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  18. […] when dear friend Charli Mills invited me to write the first essay for her new series, Raw Literature: Starting the Conversation, […]

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  19. Thanks for the follow! 😀 I’m really digging your blog!

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  20. hi Charli! Thanks for clicking the follow on pensitivity101 today. Hope there are things you like in addition to the prompts from you! Welcome!

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  21. Marsha says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Sounds like we have a log in common, you’re just more proficient. When I worked for Tulare County Office of Education, we sponsored a student event called Cowboy Poetry which featured having an artist come to the schools. I don’t know if they still do that, but if you ever come to the Central Valley in CA, let me know. 🙂 Marsha

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