So far, so good. Early days yet. Blah blah. I’m smokin’!

Yes, we all know how easy it is to start a new book-fresh, exciting, like painting a room or rearranging the furniture.

I’ll check back in with myself the end of next week and see if I feel the same confidence.


Yes, I am taking the plunge into the icy waters of National Novel Writing Month. Meaning, write a novel in a month month. November is the designated month in which thousands of people and their families go quietly insane.

I have notes about characters and plot. I just finished an online workshop in Magic Realism from Writer’s Rainbow. I am in the mood for something gothic and strange. Autumn weather and impending darkness do this to me every year.

2000 words a day for 30 days. November only has thirty days! We are one day short!

The nice thing is I will not be alone in the dark.dias_de_los_muertos

Phrase of the week

It takes a child to raze a village.

Excited about this.

Heard a week ago that my short story, “The Alzheimer’s Book Club” received an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow, editor of The Best Horror of 2009. It’s a big list, but a great bunch of writers. The story can be found in the anthology, “Bound For Evil”, edited by Tom English of Dead Letter Press.


Revising, rewriting. Two new short stories on the fire, neither completed. All stories out at markets. YA proposals on two editors’ desks–need to get 10 more out there.

Downloaded Noah Lukeman’s “How to Write a Query Letter” booklet and found it very helpful. Been reading cover blurbs to hone my skills. Writing without pronouns is the challenge today.

Three unconscious animals in vicinity (two cats, one dog). Muses, all.







With two doughty painters swarming the house–well-weathered exterior finally getting a new look–and the transfer of tables, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and other bits of shelves from the kitchen for the new floor, I have fallen behind not on writing, but on updating my site.telephone

But today I have something of interest (to myself, certainly) to post. My flash fiction short story “The Call”, written as an exercise for one of my critique groups, is now live on Flash Fiction Online, http://www.flashfictiononline.com/.

Meanwhile the new novel gains speed, but it is idling on the tracks for a few weeks while I give my attention to revising the YA book, which I am actively trying to sell. All short stories are out at markets, including a new mainstream short. Summer has taken hold in Puget Sound, and all is well with the world.