Friday Prompt 4/29

Welcome to week eight, if you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.

This week’s prompt: Go to a coffee shop or other public venue and pick two people having a conversation. Do not write what they say. Instead use part of the conversation to fuel a dialogue scene between two new characters!

Here are the ‘rules’:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!

On The Trail Again

Today I submitted two stories for publication Hannah’s Chrysanthemums and Men Are Predictable two of my flash fiction stories. I really enjoy both of them. Currently, I have another story out, and a poem.

I’m hoping one of these stories is accepted (or the poem) or all of them! That would be wonderful. If nothing else, at least I’m getting my work out there.

Friday Prompt 4/22

Welcome to week seven, if you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.

This week’s prompt: Write a story with the central image a half empty bottle. Let’s see what you can come up with!

Here are the ‘rules’:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!

Teaser Tuesday: The Balance

I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any teasers. Like almost a year! Anyway, I think I’ll share a tiny bit of my current WIP with the tentative title of The Balance (awful name, yes).  This is part of a scene from Chapter 2. Enjoy!

Sounds clattered and jumped around Denornen, the overpowering smell of day old sweat mixed with pungent cooking. He ate slowly, his legs a touch tired after two days of a quite brisk pace. Yordin and Emalia set a hard, fast pace. Shileigha had been a trooper.

They all sat around the inn, separated from the rest of the crowd by virtue of their foreignness. They did not live here in Goseppe. Farmers and millers talked about crops, while wives gossiped behind backs. A smokey haze lingered over the room, and Denornen’s eyes felt dry and tired.

The group was usually silent, with nothing much to say to each other. Shileigha and Denornen had attempted quiet conversation the first night, but tonight they were both too tired.

Denornen would have felt out of place, except for Yordin. The man did not say much, but his presence lent the small group a sense of authority and maleness, that Denornen himself could not have accomplished. Not many would bother them anyways, with the colors they all wore, emblazoned with the Emperor’s seal. Guardians and Glories were not very difficult to spot.

Writer’s Retreat

This last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a retreat with Branli Caidryn and LK Gardner-Griffe for a weekend of writing in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. I have to say that the retreat was sorely needed. I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump lately with events at home thwarting me—when I came back home, I had a headache within hours, and my neck became very sore.

I believe surrounding oneself with writer friends is essential for any writer. It is simply a good idea to surround yourself with people who you want to be like and/or share an aspect of your personality. Writer’s are ‘strange’ folk to non-writers, and if you have friends that aren’t writers, I’m sure you get the “you are crazy” look more than once.

This past weekend I wrote 4500 words in my current novel, which gave me the courage to finish chapter 4 today. This puts me solidly past 1/4 of the way through. I also edited eight stories—mostly short shorts— and that has given me courage to submit them for publication. I haven’t submitted much in the past six months.

For those of you know I received rejection letters from 9/10 schools. Friday, before the retreat, I received the final rejection letter. I will not be attending graduate school this year. I’ve come to understand that this is for the best. There is something I still have to do/learn before I can continue on. I think that be living the life of a writer right now, I can succeed more in graduate school. I still hope to attend in 2012, but I know I still have a journey ahead of me. The retreat gave me insight that I needed: no matter what happens in my life, I must always write and never give up.

Friday Prompt 4/15

Welcome to week six, if you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.

This week’s prompt: Pick a moment you were completely wrong while arguing, and knew it. Turn it into a piece of fiction. Use the feelings you had as a place to start. Write about how the character knew he/she was wrong but went on anyway.

Here are the ‘rules’:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!

Friday Prompt 4/8

Welcome to week five, if you missed any just look for the Friday Prompt category and/or tag. Last week was entertaining. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.

This week’s prompt: Write on the color purple. How it makes you feel, how it relates to you, etc. Anything about the color purple.

Here are the rules:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!