Flash Fiction Challenge: Why I Write

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Chuck Wendig (author and author guru) posted another challenge at his website, Terrible Minds, and it soundedwell, not exactly like fun in the way of the previous onebut fun in an important, know thyself sort of way. 
And so here it is: 1,000 words (exactly!)


Why do I write? 

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of writing implement either in or at hand. I squiggled my fingers through paint and pencilled loops and wavy lines on scraps of paper. “What did I write?” I’m sure I asked my parents. Frequently. Insistently.

I bashed on typewriter keys with the same intent. “Quertyuiop” (pronounced “Kwer-tee-YOOP”) was a longstanding joke between my dad and me. A joke with no run-up, no punchline other than the thing itself. My introduction to the wonders of mechanical word-setting. The key, wrought by my own little hands, to a magical land.

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Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Phrase

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Chuck Wendig, author and author guru, posted a challenge over at his website, Terrible Minds, and it sounded like fun. 

1,000 words that must incorporate a randomly generated phrase.

I’ve revealed mine on the challenge’s page (in an attempt to lure people over), but for those of you who found this post by other means, I’ll let you find it on your own…in bold, below.


To say that she noticed it straight off would be to lie. Truth was, she didn’t know for certain when it had begun: all the hovering, the following, the darting out of reach.

She didn’t care, either, not really. Not at this point. If she had to choose between pieces of information, she’d prefer to know “why her,” or—(and always, with this one, a certain amount of dread)—what it wanted.

A week or so after she had cause to notice it, she had of course asked. The sidewalk had been relatively clear, so she’d taken her chances with looking like a fool. More of one, rather, than she did already.

It hadn’t answered. Of course. And as frustrating as that had been, she had to admit that there was a certain relief in that, too. How worse it would be, really, if it could speak.

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Book Cover: In Progress

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In the midst of working on the book itself (which I can’t share yet), I am also at work on the cover (which I can share, and so here it is):

This isn’t final, and could change drastically, but I’m happy so far. I may hate it tomorrow…or I may not.

If you see any glaring errors with light and/or shadow, please let me know. The text is particularly not-final, since the only program that can alter the kerning as needed lives on an old, packed away computer.

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And So It Begins

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The Wheel of the Year: Book 3

I’ve got scribbled notes, an intriguing quote for the opening page, lots of loose ends from the first two books, and can feel the ideas beckoning me into the wood (or in this case, the depths of a blank, digital page).

It’s time to get going.

While I’m at it, I’ll try to post progress and other (perhaps more) interesting things here and on FacebookGoodreadsBooklikes, and Twitter. Also, here is the book’s official page on this site. Not much on it now, but check back in a month or so and there ought to be a rough “blurb.”

Many, Many Words…Because Internet.

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Aargh. Okay. So, there is yet another flare-up on the internet—more specifically blogs and Twitter and probably Facebook and maybe Goodreads and Kindle Boards and even Snap-whatzit and Insta-whosey and that other site that people link to and it’s usually a thing linked from some other thing that takes you to some other thing.

Anyway. There’s this flare-up, and I followed it off and on over the weekend, and lo and behold here we are on Monday and it hasn’t died down yet.

I wasn’t going to add to it. For one, there aren’t that many visitors to this blog—and quite often the ones that aren’t bots haven’t come for me or my books but because some search engine brought them to my sketch of “The Animator at Work.” Here it is again, in case Google forgot.

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Now Available

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The Darkest MidnightThe Darkest Midnight is now widely available! 

It’s the busiest shipping season of the year, so I am still awaiting the arrival of printed books which I can take to Unicorn Gifts and Toys in Ashland, Oregon as well as sell directly through my publisher’s website. I will also be letting Bloomsbury Books (also in Ashland) that the book is available to order for their shelves.

I have updated the book’s page here on my site, and will continue to update it as new online stores get the information from my distributor. Thank you for your patience. I hope the book proves to be worth the wait.