The Lenten Quiet

Lent is the span of days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, during which Christians are encouraged to fast and give up luxuries as a form of penitence. I would not describe myself as religious (two roads diverged in a gloomy wood, the mark of it still clear on my body),…

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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 was my first in-depth experience with a game from Bethesda. (I dabbled with Skyrim and still have it, but never got far enough to feel I could say I’d actually played a game from them.) Fallout 4 was an amazing — and often frustrating — journey. There will…

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What I Know

Recently, I wished I knew what I was doing. Writing, mostly, I decided, but there are some things I know. Here we go: 1. Showing up is only half the deal. You want to be a published writer? Showing up is huge, but it’s only half the battle. Doing the…

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100

I’ve been having some conflicting feelings about writing these past few months. Writing is terrible. Writing is wonderful. Talk about extremes. This week, I sold my 100th original short story (not counting reprints). (And whoops, there is sale #101, too. Well.) That brought some feelings with it, too. In looking…

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Writing, Mostly

I wish I knew what I was doing. I’ve been publishing for sixteen years now (writing for even longer?!), and still don’t know. What the hell is this? Writing is the dumbest job. Are there performance reviews? Promotions? Bonuses? Vacation ti– aahahahaa. A long time ago, a friend said “I…

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Yellow

I never much liked the color yellow. Maybe it’s because in my youth, I was sent a hideous yellow cable-knit sweater, that didn’t compliment my bosom or my skin tone. Yellow makes me look like I’m in possession of some terrible disease and should have died three years ago. Yellow…

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2016: I Want To

They’re really not resolutions — they’re just things I want to do. Writing: Short stories: I want to write two new stories a month, at least. January always means the flash fiction challenge in my writing group, too, which will give me four new flash experiments by month’s end. I…

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2015: Dun dun dun

We spend a lot of time making resolutions — lists of things we mean to do — but do we ever look back and take note of what we’ve actually accomplished? We should. Here’s some of what I did in 2015: Submissions: I made 63 submissions this year (and I’d…

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