Creative writing

From March into April…

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! Social distancing, shelter-in-place, and sincere efforts to restrain COVID-19 continue. I hope you’re all doing your part to contribute to flattening the curve. It’s hard, sure, but think about it: the entire world is in this together. Literally. So you’re not alone, even if you are.

To that end, a little motivation goes a long way. Here’s this week’s motivational quote, reminding us that even the hardest of times can be productive.

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”—E.B. White

Next, it’s the last Monday of the month, which means our writers’ showcase. I’m sharing some poetry, some haunting stories, and a nonfiction article published a month ago that seems to fit our current times more than anyone could have imagined. Find all of these pieces now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll post a new book review. This Wednesday you’ll find out what I thought of Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen. Come back for that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday, we go back to new Instagram pics. Given the interesting times we’re living in, I honestly don’t know yet what I’m going to post. I guess we’ll all find out together, won’t we? 😀

Stay safe, readers, wash your hands, and chins up. We CAN get through this if we all contribute to the health of the world at large.

Have a great day!


Parenting and podcasting

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Happy Friday, Write Edge readers! I hope you’re spending your time inside learning new skills, binging on all those shows you missed, and giving one another lots of grace and love. That, more than anything, is what we need.

First, a follow-up to an announcement earlier this week. As I mentioned on Monday, I was asked to contribute to a brand new podcast that just launched today. Author r.r. campbell has started a series on The Writescast Network for writer stories, so that we can encourage one another and cheer one another one.

The first episode came out this morning, and I’m thrilled to share it with you here. Listen to my spot as well as two other writers as we talk about how we overcame our doubts to pursue our writing dreams. Listen, like, and share the podcast, especially if you a writer or are one yourself!

Second, this week’s parenting post. I’m sharing a peek into our family’s life and how we’ve managed these first two weeks of the governor’s shelter-in-place ruling. Here’s an excerpt:

“Coach was going to start me as forward,” she said, disappointment in her face and voice. “We were going to send off [all the senior players]. This was going to be their last season.”

The more she let all these things out, the more stunned she looked. It was as if she hadn’t gotten around to counting exactly how many life events had skewed to “abnormal” during this time.

Read the full post now on Growth Chart!

Have a fantastic weekend, readers! Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands!


Crawling back toward normal…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s a dreary Monday afternoon here in Central Illinois, but around our house the mood is upbeat. The kids are back to school — online, that is — and they’re excited to be in touch with their teachers and friends in a structured setting again. The best part? I didn’t have to change out of my PJs all day to drive them places (well, I might have driven to school in my PJs anyway, but that’s beside the point.)

Getting back to something resembling a normal routine means we get to jump back into the fray with our regular content here on The Write Edge. First, though, I have a special announcement. On Friday, I’ll be a guest on The Writescast Network as part of their Profiles in Encouragement series! Check out this quick one-minute teaser for the podcast. I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live later this week.

Now, on to our regularly-scheduled program. :>

First, our motivational quote. Some of what we’re hearing from around the country and the world sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi novel. The best stories, as many have said, come from the truth, and this week’s quote can attest to that.

“Fiction is…made-up stuff, lies, but it won’t let you lie about the important things. If you lie about the important things…it will spit it out and let you know it.”—Bipin Aurora

Next, on to this week’s short fiction. I have to confess, the inspiration for this one came from the house construction happening next door. Combine that with a little bit of research, and, well… Here’s an excerpt:

For once he wished he could climb into the basement hole and just lie there. Just enjoy the feel of the earth around him, its coolness crumbling over his fingers and face. Just breathe in the scent of nature without the smell of smoke.

That’s enough, Artie. No thoughts about smoke today. You need to leave.

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

COVID-19 may have kept may of us indoors, but that’s actually a bookworm’s dream come true. This Wednesday I’ll share the review of a brand new book with you. Come back to find out what I think about And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton. You check out that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday I’ll give you an update on the kids and what we’re up to during this time of social distancing. It’s my COVID-19 installment of Growth Chart at the end of the week!

Have a great day and week, readers. Keep calm and stay at home!