Writing Short Stories

  In this week’s Word Essential 60 Second Writing Tip, Alida discusses short stories and how to get started writing them. Story Works Round Table Short Story Series: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3...

Pushcart Prize

What a week it’s been! I went away over Thanksgiving weekend for a quiet retreat with Scott–no wifi, no kids, no dog, no holiday. (Sorry Mom and Dad, but we needed the down time.) Despite unwinding, I had to check email on the phone once in a while to see...

The Tragedy Trap

A teacher (I don’t remember where I heard this, unfortunately) once defined fiction as “bad things happening to interesting people.” Nothing could be truer. There is, however, a caveat to note, one of scale: the bad thing must be proportionate to the...

New Publication

My short story, “Lover,” was just accepted for publication in the spring/summer issue of Melusine. This is always exciting news and I’m thrilled to see one of my pieces find a home in the world. (My friend Renee Beauregard currently has a piece,...

Grassman

I’m working on a short story that’s new as of today, so I’m very close to the genesis of an idea. Right after Christmas, Scott and I went next door to give my neighbors a “thanks for cat sitting” gift. They told us the funniest anecdote...

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