Tag Archive | Writing

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

I love really thought-provoking short stories. Bonus points if there’s a creep factor. Think Ray Bradbury or “The Lottery. Teddi Deppner’s The Author Collector doesn’t disappoint. Andy is an author, a not terribly successful one. He has a wife and young son he needs to support. Knowing that being a writer isn’t going to cut it if […]

Conference Notes: Tosca Lee in Florida

Conference Notes: Tosca Lee in Florida

I’m at the Florida Christian Writers Conference this weekend, where Tosca Lee is our keynote speaker. Here is the barest sample of her brilliance, based on my sketchy notes. This is my paraphrase, not verbatim. Her sessions were recorded; when those become available, I’ll let you know. Keynote One Creativity is a divine expression. It’s […]

Three ways to turn off your internal editor

I have a secret to tell you. I like to take notes. On physical paper. With a real pen. As the token “tech guy”, this causes me a bit of ridicule. I bust out my Captain America journal from Walmart and jot down whatever important thing someone said. OK, most of the time it’s some […]

The Buddy System

The Buddy System

I haven’t been at this “try-to-be-successful-with-my-writing” gig for too long. And I know everyone will define success for their writing journey a little different. For me, I am interested in traditional publishing. I have stories in my head that will someday grace shelves. Some of those stories may work better indie published, but I know […]

Flash Fiction Frenzy – Just Ask Him Already

Flash Fiction Frenzy – Just Ask Him Already

After a couple of weeks of audiobook reviews, I’m switching back to short fiction. This time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. Specifically, the “Sadie Hawkins” issue of Spark magazine. Spark is the romance flash fiction imprint of Splickety Publishing Group which also includes Splickety (general flash fiction) and Havok (speculative flash fiction), and Spark (romantic flash […]

Romance? No, thank you.

Romance? No, thank you.

When I first began submitting flash fiction for Splickety Magazine, I was pumped to write for two out of their three imprints: Splickety Magazine is focused on general fiction. My Wild West story was first on that list. Havok Magazine was my bread and butter: science fiction and fantasy. I sent in a barbarian vs. ice […]

Don‘t Let Fear Hold You Back

Don‘t Let Fear Hold You Back

Guest Blogger: Laurie Lucking On the outside, my journey to publication looks relatively straightforward. My first manuscript, begun five and a half years ago, garnered many rejections until I decided to set it aside. But my second story, Common, was only rejected once or twice before finding a publishing home. I never had a contract […]