I'm happy to report another short story sale. This time to Black Cat Mystery Magazine published by Wildside Press.
My story is called Mud Season. It's about two elderly sisters who take an annual trip together to escape the anniversary of a dark event in their past. This time they are off to Londonderry, VT where they've made reservations at a maple syrup farm. Although the syrup may run sweet, their time away puts them in a rather sticky situation.
Having trouble writing a scene? "Stop thinking about the scene and start seeing it." Says K.M. Weiland in her podcast, Helping Writers Become Authors.
This episode struck home for me because I am a visual reader in that I need to see the scene play out in my head. So it only makes sense that I'm a visual writer. Yet how often do we forget to add color, and smell, and texture to a scene....the very details that bring it to life.
She goes on to say, "It has been my observation that the reason many writers get hung up on the outlining process is because they’re too focused on the words. They’re creating a list of scenes that is nothing but words (e.g., Larry went to town; Maya broke her leg). When they stop thinking of the outline as a scene list and instead start using it as a brainstorming exercise in which they vividly envision their scenes, everything changes."
You can listen to the podcast or read the full article at the link below.
Love, love , love this mini interview with bestselling author Joe Hill where he talks about writing a loose first draft long hand, how he learned best by close reading, marking up the pages as he went. And how one time when he was struggling he typed 2 pages a day of Elmore Leonard's work, and was able to find his way back to his own voice.
This podcast is no longer running but you can still listen to the archives.
... I met you in the summer when the butterflies began to dance. ...
A haunting tale of a wounded veteran and the artist commissioned to sculpt him a new face. Beautifully written with a slow building, seamless twist. I listened to the story on the Nightmare Magazine podcast, narrated by the always excellent Stefan Rudnicki.
... I come this close to giving the cemetery a miss. ...
A woman visiting the graves of her parents on Christmas Eve, hears another woman talking into her cell phone, sobbing. Reluctant to go to her sister's house where she is expected, she surprises herself by approaching the woman.
An intriguing opening for a Christmas story and one that will take you to unexpected places. Though there were moments of things being too coincidental, the urgency and poignancy of the story made that easy to shove aside.
I loved the setting, the awkwardness, the raw emotions that brought it all to life.