"All Light and Darkness" was inspired by the Israel-Hezbollah War that broke out in Lebanon in 2006, just before my senior year of high school. Somehow, my hormone-soaked teenage brain caught on this conflict, and I found myself delving into the details, particularly the plight of the refugees. It was the first time I woke up … Continue reading Inspiration for “All Light and Darkness”
"All Light and Darkness" began as a final project for my college Creative Writing class. It was not speculative fiction originally and lacked much of the refinement the published version has (hopefully). However, the voice and format were there, as well as the plot. When I first decided to pursue the Writers of the Future … Continue reading The Writing of “All Light and Darkness”
Personally, I was so excited for this challenge. I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids under five years old. I have practically no time for writing. Getting to write for a whole twenty-four hours seemed like a dream come true. Honestly, I still feel like that. I wish I could write all the time--all day--every … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Thursday, April 5th (Morning and Afternoon): The Twenty-Four-Hour Story
Aw, the infamous twenty-four-hour story. How I love and hate thee. To my surprise, Dave and Tim introduced the twenty-four-hour story the day after our arrival. After a discussion on Hubbard’s “Search for Research” and where to find story ideas, Tim passed out the objects. The Object Luck must have had her eye on me … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Afternoon): Twenty-Four-Hour Story Preparation
Dave and Tim opened the afternoon with a discussion on research. We'd read "Search for Research" for homework the night before (because grown adults would never neglect homework assignments) so we started with an exercise, and then Tim and Dave described their own personal research routines. I enjoyed "Search of Research" because I'm a pretty … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – April 4th, Wednesday (Afternoon): A Discussion on Research
Disclaimer: As much as I want to recount the workshop in minute detail, I don’t have the time or the memory to do so. But, for the sake of my fellow writers, I’ll hash out the high points and my notes from the lectures. To organize my notes and thoughts, I’ll go through the week … Continue reading WOTF Writer’s Workshop 2018 – Wednesday, April 4th (Morning): Suspense
Review of 2017 Newly written: 4 short stories and 2 flash fiction 19 submissions (5 short stories and 3 flash; sent to 2 competitions, 10 magazines, and 1 anthology) 1 acceptance (L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest) 14 rejections 4 pending Reflections/Notes Flash fiction seems to be a good way for me to … Continue reading Review of 2017 and Goals for 2018
Currently, I'm reading Writers of the Future, Volume 29. In it, Dave Farland included L. Ron Hubbard's article titled, "The Manuscript Factory." In this article, he discusses writing in business terms, which I'm only beginning to comprehend. I found the article so interesting that I wanted to write up a report on it to share … Continue reading “The Manuscript Factory” by L. Ron Hubbard
Today, I went to my first book signing, and I learned a few things.
The last thing I want is to lose a hard-earned reader simply because they can't find out more about me...