Monday, February 29, 2016

Dear Gwendolyn -- You've been accepted at Harvard!

Okay, the book store.

For the past three years the Harvard Book Store does this:

The shortest month of the year is upon us. To celebrate this little month, Harvard Book Store is once again making a little book of short, short stories.
We are excited to announce Microchondria III: More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store.

As in years past, this book can’t happen without your participation. We need your writing and design to make this leap month count.
Starting Monday, February 1st, you’ll have just under two weeks to write and submit stories of no more than 500 words. Then Harvard Book Store staff will have two weeks to review the submissions, pick their favorites, and assemble them into a book that we will print in-store on Paige, our book-making robot.

On March 11th, we’ll celebrate the book’s publication with an in-store launch party featuring selected readings by some of the collection’s contributors. We’ll be printing copies during the event, so you can learn more about custom book printing and get a book hot off the presses.
They accepted one of my stories. I've been instructed to be on the lookout for my invite-- don't know if it's to read or just to go party--but I can't go either way. Maybe. Don't know yet. Would have to find someone to cover my class and I'd have to count my pennies.

Still, yay!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Spent the day on promo stuff for my chapbook.

Hope these seeds I'm planting come to fruition.

Sometimes the logistics of a story just come as you write the story

Sometimes you've got to get a loooooong piece of freezer paper and work it out.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Okay, tonight it's something different

and I've got 2 hours and 32 minutes to get it together.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Three hours and seven minutes

It's taking shape. . .

I hate when I do this

Wait till the last minute to work on a story to submit it.

Submittable telling me I have 3 hours and 45 minutes.  Trying not to get distracted by the news, Facebook or BINGO.

Thought I had worked the story out in my head and I'd just be transcribing.  Ha!

And darn it, Gwendolyn!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Got accepted for a writer's conference in Minnesota.  Excited.  Looks like there is opportunity for a reading and that means I can knock another state off my list! Yay!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Quote for February 3

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. 

~William Wordsworth

Feb. flash

Am doing a flash challenge and so far so good.

Three days-three stories.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Quote for February 2

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

--Jack Kerouac

Me! and my writing

A local paper ran a feature on me-- written by the amazing Beate Sigriddaughter.


Monday, February 1, 2016

The cover from my upcoming chapbook (artwork by my daughter Ashley)

I did get something done

Up most of the night writing a 10-minute play which I'd been struggling with and then the words just started pouring.  But I didn't meet the 1/31 deadline because it needed to sit a day or two and I didn't give myself that day or two. 

I have to stop waiting till the last minute OR how about you get back to writing regular so you have stories ready to go when a deadline comes up.  How 'bout that? Ha!

It's a good play though.

And today's another deadline.  I just might get that story completed and sent :-p