Sometimes you’re the windshield…

Back in the early 90s, I shared an apartment with one of my best friends, and we listened to this album a lot, especially when we were cleaning up the place. https://www.youtube.com/embed/q_rbjg2k6cI This song in particular has been in my head today. "Sometimes you're the windshield. Sometimes you're the bug." I'm definitely feeling like the …

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Day Three of Story-a-Day

I like the Story-a-Day prompts. Sometimes I follow them as they are, but often I adapt them to fit what I want to do. And sometimes I ignore them. To me they're suggestions to help get you started, not binding contracts. Since I already have a something of plan--the stories should fit into my Telling …

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You wouldn’t call them love stories.

When I started participating in Story-a-Day in 2010, I chose a theme. That had to be the best way to approach coming up with an idea every single day for a month. That first year, the theme was fairytales. I took famous objects (a red hood, a poisoned apple, a pair of dancing shoes), and …

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Short Stories to Come

I decided a while ago to self-publish a selection of short stories. They are almost ready. I'm working on a cover and pondering a release date. It is definitely scary to do. I tend to think of who will and who won't approve. I think about my own ability to promote it. There's a lot …

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A Light on the in the Evening (Have a seat and stay a spell.)

I'm going to steal a page a from Austin Kleon. Do you subscribe to his newsletter? Every week he sends readers a list of ten things he thinks are worth sharing. Since he also has a book called Steal Like an Artist, I'm following his advice. Here are ten things I think are worth sharing: …

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Dear Llama

I just had a birthday, so I'm in a reflective mood. Certain calendar days will do that, right? You know what I don't really need? More unfinished stories. Finish the thing! Doesn't Neil Gaiman talk about that? You can't get far with a bunch of unfinished pieces, no matter how shiny they are. Therefore, it …

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Story-a-Day September heads into the final stretch!

Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm kidding myself or keeping hope alive. Or do they amount to the same thing? Oh well. For what it's worth, I'm writing. This piece comes from a combination of prompts. I think one was about a one-sided dialogue. You hear what one character says but not the other. And …

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Dear Llama

Last night I worked on a story for Story-a-Day. When the story began, I was sure a particular character was dead. As I came to the ending though, I brought her back to life. It wasn't because I loved her so much I couldn't let her go. Instead, I couldn't put her best friend through …

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September Stories

Story-a-Day September continues! I've missed two days so far. I tried to torture myself by staying up too late to write something, anything, but then I remembered that suffering isn't required and anything I wrote while half-asleep wouldn't be worth the effort. Perspective. Right? For about half of the days, I worked on previous stories, …

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Dear Llama

I finished my third story for Story-a-Day. I'm feeling that familiar mix of joy--I did it!--and dread--It's probably terrible. Being terrible isn't the end of the world though, is it? Why do we feel compelled to do something that we don't even have confidence in? It really makes no sense. It's actually a privilege to …

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