Dulce Et Decorum Est: The Centennial of WWI

One hundred years ago today--on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, 11 November 1918--Germany signed the armistice that brought World War I to a close. Sixteen million people, military and civilians, died in the four years of conflict. But the "war to end all wars" left some conflicts unresolved, and this … Continue reading Dulce Et Decorum Est: The Centennial of WWI

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Winter (Writing) Is Coming: Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again. The crisp rustle of (page) leaves, the chill in the air (at the thought of writing a novel in a month)…it’s not just autumn, it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), that magical/maddening season when aspiring authors around the world sprint toward a 50,000-word draft. I participated last year and won. … Continue reading Winter (Writing) Is Coming: Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

Rejection to Redemption: A Short Story About Persistence in Writing Short Stories

The email notification pinged softly on my phone as we crossed the North Carolina border. "Your story 'Shakti' is one of the finalists…." “That’s great,” said my Laddie when I read the message aloud. I shrugged and turned back to the cornfields beyond the window, surrendering to the creative malaise that consumed me all that … Continue reading Rejection to Redemption: A Short Story About Persistence in Writing Short Stories