Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Short Story Published Today! (See link below!)

My short story, "The Struggle" came out today in the online literary journal, At The Write Place at the Write Time. Feel free to go take a look!


It's the second story on the page. (You'll need to scroll down.) If you have some time, read it and let me know what you think!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Love/Hate Relationship With Technology

When I was in college, I entered a poetry contest. This was back in the day when I didn't have a personal computer of my own. I had to go to a computer lab to type up my poem and I saved it on a floppy disk.

Months went by and I didn't hear anything about my poem, so I assumed it sucked and that it didn't place. Then one day a check for $40 showed up in the mail with a letter informing me that I won the contest! I was thrilled and of course wanted to make sure I had a copy of my winning poem. When I went back to the computer lab to print off a copy, I discovered that my disk had a virus. The computer lab guys had to clean off my desk and my poem went with it. And just like that, the only copy of the poem I had was erased.

I tried to rewrite it, but have been unable to get it just the way it was before. I talked with the professors that ran the contest to find out if they still had my hard copy. No luck.

It was a hard lesson to learn but I usually keep hard copies of my writing now. And with the invention of cloud storage, I've got my stuff out there too as well as on a thumb drives.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


My agent is happy with the re-writes I've made to my book. Now I've got to take another stab at the title. It's gone from Perception to Injected to Uploaded. Titles are really tough. A title should sum up your book and entice readers to buy all in a very few words. I've had some decent ideas, Empires of the Mind, Merge, The Immortality Proposition, to downright lame ones, Horrible Imaginings, Lucid Head. All part of the process.

Titles make my head hurt.

I tried bouncing some title possibilities off my husband and he just stared at me. This creative stuff baffles his engineer brain and he's no help. He reminded me that I've got this awesome writer's group, people with very creative minds, who could help me with this process. So I guess I'll create a list of possibilities and see what my group says later this week.

Second Story Published

Hooray! More good news on the publishing front! A few days ago, I received an email from a publisher of an online magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time. I was expecting yet another rejection, but instead found that they wanted to publish my story, "The Struggle". This will be my second story that comes out this fall!

This story has biblical roots. Two of the main characters are Cain and Abel. An aging Adam and Eve make an appearance. But the story is told through the eyes of Cain's twin, Labuda, given in marriage to Abel. She loves both of her brothers, but Abel expects her complete fidelity and Cain wants her for his own. Cain eliminates his competition and Labuda is left with a heart-wrenching choice.

"The Struggle" will be posted around October 22. I will put the link to their website on here at the end of the month. It's a free online journal, so feel free to go have a look!