weekly fiction

Almost to summer!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re almost to summer. In fact, today is the kids’ penultimate day of school. While having them home for a couple of months certainly poses a challenge for my writing and editing, conversely I appreciate the relaxed schedule. For the most part, then, we’re all looking forward to vacation.

It’s no vacation around here, though, from our regular schedule! I’ve posted my latest short fiction for you, and I had a lot of fun with this one. The prompt made me a think of our neighbor, a semi-retired professional landscaper. Here’s a quick excerpt:

“Turn around,” I hissed. My cheeks got hot, but I grinned. The weather didn’t really warrant Gerald taking his shirt off, but I certainly appreciated that he did.

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

It’s another week and another book review. This week I share my thoughts on the debut novel The Glitch by author Elisabeth Cohen. Check out the opening paragraph to my review:

A high-powered executive at a critical career juncture meets a young woman claiming to be her younger self. What follows is a series of events that makes the executive question everything she thought she knew about her identity. Author Elisabeth Cohen offers readers a powerful protagonist in a lackluster story in her debut The Glitch.

Find the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Lastly, this week’s parenting adventures. Regular readers know how much my younger child loves animals. Want to find out just how much? Read the excerpt:

“Leukemia,” Eleven replied, “in cats.”

“Where did you hear about those things?”

“In Animal Inn,” Nine explained. “There’s this dog that comes into Val’s dad’s clinic…”

And like that, we were back to the books and wishing they were real.

Get the whole post now on Growth Chart!

Have a great day and week, readers!




Surprise: It’s me!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! As promised, here’s my surprise: It’s an interview with yours truly! Earlier this week I got the opportunity to talk to Hank Garner, a wonderful supporter of writers and writing. He asked me some fun questions about this amazing craft, and I got to share some thoughts on it. Click here to hear the interview, and subscribe to Hank’s podcast!

To kick off our regular block of content, I’m sharing a new short story with you that’s partially inspired by a true one. Recently I completed an editing project for a gentleman who has been diagnosed with dementia. As I worked on the first memoir he sent me and am mulling over the second one now on my desk, I often think of what his experience must have been like in writing. Based on that, I wrote this week’s piece. Here’s an excerpt:

The days began to race by, but time and again he could have sworn he had already lived through a particular day. Could have sworn he’d already been to the doctor, had already eaten his dinner (but why was his stomach growling then?), had planted the rosebush (someone must have stolen it, that was the only explanation for the hole in the ground.)

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

I have a new book review for you. This week I share my thoughts on the middle grade novel Captain Superlative by debut novelist J.S. Puller. Here’s the opening to my post:

A seventh grade girl who wants nothing more than to remain unseen gets pulled into the spotlight by a classmate with a secret identity. As the girl begins to face her anxiety, she learns that bravery doesn’t mean an absence of fears: it means moving ahead despite them. Debut author J.S. Puller gives middle grade readers an endearing story in the funny, touching novel Captain Superlative.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Last, but certainly not least, my adventures in parenting continue! This week I’ve got new Spurts for you. Check out this quick look:

I suppressed a smile of my own. It’s a line straight out of my own mouth, on those mornings when the girls wouldn’t move fast enough because they would dilly-dally before school. They’ve gotten much better about it, so the frequency of the “talks” has decreased dramatically. Sometimes, though, they still happen.

Find all the Spurts now on Growth Chart!

Surprise coming this week!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I wanted to post my content today, but when I got word of a surprise I’ll get to share with you on Wednesday I thought it best to wait until then. So hang in there for a couple of more days. You’ll get the regular Write Edge content plus a fun surprise all at the same time. :>

Talk to you Wednesday!