October 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

October 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

The way he bounds across the fading green grass of my lawn says he’s still a puppy. Yet, he’s well over 100 pounds with long white fur wet with morning frost. His tri-colored face looks like that of a St. Bernard. I just caught him and a chunky Dobernam...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Imagination fills the gaps. Sometimes I struggle because I want to be right. When writing history, it’s easy to slip up and include an object not yet invented or miss a social cue that today would be non-existent but back then ever so important. The temptation...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day Ten

Experience what your characters are experiencing. Unless you are killing off characters. Don’t do that. But like a method actor, crawl inside the experience you are writing. You can do this physically–today we drove up the Pack River one last time because...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 28

Coffee for WriMos: Day Six

Your draft is an ugly baby. Face it–writing is messy and that first attempt to communicate the dazzling story in your head is not the same as what ends up on the page. Just like not all babies are born looking like a Disney Princess, your first draft is not...
Coffee for WriMos: Day One

Coffee for WriMos: Day One

Welcome to the table at Carrot Ranch. The coffee is hot and you can pull up a chair. It’s November in the year 2014 and this is the month known fondly as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). You write, I write, we all write. That’s the idea. Each day...
October 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

October 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

It was the second day of the Hearts of Gold Festival, late August when the desert air of Fallon, Nevada felt like the inside of a clay oven. My husband was hawking hearts of gold cantaloupe with a childhood friend who farmed the melons. I was slicing orange-fleshed...
October 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

Food for Fiction

Whether it’s an idea to chew on or a recipe for a story, this week writers have used food to explore writing flash fiction. Food is nourishment, refreshment, problematic and inescapable. You need it on the frontier, in outer-space or the deepest jungles. It gets...
October 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

July 30: Flash Fiction Challenge

Summer sunlight blazes through the cracks between drawn curtains, creating bars of light across my dog as we all huddle inside the shadows to escape the heat. We have no air-conditioning because it’s rarely needed. Today, I can empathize with those hardy...