Bored to Creativity

It’s the holidays and the end of the year.  For me, it’s the busiest time for my other work so I often feel stressed, tired and ready for the new year.  As I have in most years, I tend to think about what is working and not working – and what I need to change.  This year, I realized that my time for creative writing time was less since it has been so busy.  So I wondered if it was time constraints or that my creativity wasn’t as strong right now.  Where were my impulses that normally drive the writing?  Was… Continue reading

Christmas Eve Tale

The following is a short, short story or a flash fiction. Flash fiction can be fun to write and there is a market for it. For more examples of this writing, go to http://www.flashfictiononline.com/index.html.

In the silence of the dark living room, in the boughs of the Christmas tree, a strange conversation evolves.

“Okay, it’s safe to talk.”

“Is that you Snowy?”

Snowy2“You betcha, Olga. Mr. Snowman, himself. How’s our pretty little ice skating queen?”

“I’m still here.”

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A New {Year} Evolution

Time always seems to gain speed after Thanksgiving and the end of the Year is rushing towards us, bringing with it the tradition of New Years Resolutions and all the baggage that carries.

I think the last time I subscribed to the notion that January 1st is when Major Changes Should Be Made was back in the early 90s.  My change cycle and resolutions are linked instead to the major milestones in my life.

I’ve just reached one, completing my Masters degree this past week, and I’m eagerly looking ahead, contemplating what I’m going to do with all… Continue reading

It’s Christmas! Where Are Your Characters?

What would your characters do for Christmas?

Most of us have our stories wrapped around a mystery, life-threatening situation, or problems associated with fantastical conditions. Our main focus isn’t usually on holidays. So, what would the holidays look like for our characters? For instance, if they celebrate Christmas, who would be giving gifts and to whom? If not Christmas, what would they be celebrating at this time of the year?

My characters, although I’m not sure of all of their religious affiliations, would be having a traditional Christmas.xmas tree

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An Unexpected End — and Beginning

thinkingWe are challenged on this blog to post about “writerly things,” a moniker that could include almost any item, event, or thought, given the right circumstances.
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That being the case, three times in the last six months I’ve written about the mystery of two Dutch girls, Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, who disappeared from my part of Panama in April. The doomed girlsare now off the radar of most officialdom, which would like to quiet the whole… Continue reading