Just Plugging Away

I have hit a writing wall.  Perhaps it’s distraction (the holidays, tra la la!) or my kids (my daughter is taking her first steps) or perhaps NaNo completely tapped me out.  I’m trying to think of this as a gentle quiet time where my mind can take a breath, but it is still frustrating.  I want to be writing.  I … Read More

The Bragging Post

What’s that, you say?  There was a submission contest and I WON?  I WON?  I beat Iseult hands down and WON?! *Mercedes sings and dances around, very badly There was a contest, and I won it, uh. yeah, I won it, uh, woo woo   All right.  That’s about all of the bragging that I can stand.  Thank you. Iseult, … Read More

I’m A Winner!

NaNoWriMo, WON for the third time in a row! Submissions Contest with Iseult Murphy, WON by just a hair! “I’m Keeping It Light” SOLD to Fifty Two Stitches! And Christmas presents almost completely bought.  Rock on, I say! Rock on.

I’ll Go Down Swinging

Did I bite off more than I can chew?  Holiday festivities, Black Friday sales, 10,000 more words by Saturday night and a submissions contest?  Maaaaaaybe.  But maybe not.  Know this about me: if I go down, I’ll go down swinging. Suffering on the writing front.  Switching from the novella to something different really threw a wrench in the works and … Read More

Competition with Strangers

Iseult Murphy and I are in a competition: who will submit ten things first?  Well, maybe she will because I’m out of commission for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but I have that competitor’s spirit.  Winner gets bragging rights. Go see her at http://www.iseultmurphy.com.  Go on…write her lots of email so that she’ll spend precious time answering them, thus assuring my victory!

With a Titanium Smile

Hey, Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all of you Americans out there.  And to everybody else who just wants to take a moment and be thankful for stuff.  Yeah, I knew it would do all of us good.  My mom used to make us go around the table and say something that we were thankful for.  We all hated it, but … Read More

YES!!!

I have finished RunStarGirl: A Novella of Murder and Whimsy!  It clocks in at about 40,000 words, so it is novella length.  I’m quite pleased with it, but won’t begin editing until December.  I can’t decide whether the remaining 10k words should attach to my demon story (which has been waiting patiently for a few months) or if I should … Read More

white blindness

My poem went up today at Barnwood International Poetry Magazine.   Come read it!  And mourn the loss of that beautiful shirt with me.  I disposed of it somewhere between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, and life has not been the same ever since. http://web.mac.com/tomkoontz/Site_18/Yardley.html So last night I attended my writer’s group, which is really amazing.  It’s so diverse, and … Read More

52 Stitches

52 Stitches accepted “The Exquisite Beauty of Death” and I’m pleased about that. I feel like I have spoken to at least half of the writers in there, and that’s always a good thing.  Dawn and I were discussing how the writing world seems to be shrinking a little bit, and soon it’ll be too small to sustain us and we’ll … Read More

This Is Why We Need Editors

My husband was reading a book yesterday, and suddenly burst out laughing.  “What?  What?”  I demanded to know.  He showed me a passage, and it read: “They swooped down, raped the windows, and put the children to the sword.”  I then made the best squeaky glass sound that you have ever heard, and a fun time was had by all. … Read More