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Amazing Illustration for My Short Story!

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my short story, “Wolf’s Moon Night,” was published on FiveOnTheFifth.com.

If you haven’t read it yet, then go read it!

http://www.fiveonthefifth.com/vol-2-issue-4-story-2

Now, my short story has a beautiful title card to go along with it. Continue reading Amazing Illustration for My Short Story!

Reblog Wednesday: “A Persian Brew” – Mahdis Marzooghian

We’re going to start reblogging and/or linking one essay, article, or blog we find interesting, emotive, or hilarious each Wednesday, because sharing is caring.

First up this week is a vivid essay, “A Persian Brew”, by Mahdis Marzooghian about her experiences growing up Persian in the US. Mahdis is a friend and the Editor-in-Chief over at FiveOnTheFifth.com,

http://feminineinquiry.com/digital-issue/ – “A Persian Brew”

The most succinct thing I can say about Mahdis’s writing is that she made me — a white, blonde-haired, American male — feel like I was living her experiences. That is the connective power of brilliant storytelling.

I recommend reading the full issue here, but I just wanted to highlight Mahdis’s piece in particular. (Steve D)

My Short Story is Live! – “Wolf’s Moon Night”

As promised, here is the link to my short story, “Wolf’s Moon Night”, which was published today on FiveOnTheFifth.com:

http://www.fiveonthefifth.com/vol-2-issue-4-story-2

Thank you to Five on the Fifth for accepting and publishing my story! Continue reading My Short Story is Live! – “Wolf’s Moon Night”

Friday Write-Day: I’m Being Published!

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Yes! At long last my first work is being officially published somewhere other than my own website!

And no, it’s not my book… That would be insane if that was being published all of a sudden. Are you insane? I might be. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: I’m Being Published!

Friday Write-Day: The Revision Plan

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My short story has been submitted to Five on the Fifth’s contest! I read through Wolf’s Moon Night on Sunday night, making a few small changes, then again on Monday night. I finally worked up the courage to submit it on Tuesday, one day before the deadline. Submitting to a litmag — and particularly a contest — is daunting. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: The Revision Plan

Friday Update: Short Story First Draft!

My new schedule is awesome. I have a new schedule at work, by the way. For well over a year I had been trudging through an early shift, 6am to 3pm. I loved having a full afternoon of daylight ahead of me when I got home, and I even enjoyed being in the office a solid three hours before most everyone else — 3 hours of peace and quiet before the fluorescent lights blazed and the coffee machines were overrun with empty mugs waiting to be filled.

Continue reading Friday Update: Short Story First Draft!

Short Story Update – The Deadline is Coming!

So I’m pretty sure I mentioned last week that I’m working on a short story to submit to an online litmag contest this month. Right? Yes, here!

Five on the Fifth‘s submission deadline for their short fiction contest is looming rather large on August 31. I currently have about 1,500 words of a first draft, with a pretty clear idea of how I will set up the final act and conclude the story. I think my submission will end up finishing around 2,500 words, but I’ve been known to miscalculate projected word counts in the past. Continue reading Short Story Update – The Deadline is Coming!

Writing Lesson #37: Writing Consistently is about Balance

Lesson #37 from finishing my first manuscript: Try to find that balance.

Accomplishing anything effectively is about balance. Finishing the first draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento over the last few months was a bit tiresome. I had not met my monthly writing goals since the end of NaNoWriMo 2015, and I was constantly falling behind – according to my own exceedingly high standards. I just wanted it done, but I didn’t always have the motivation or the willpower to just sit down and write.

Continue reading Writing Lesson #37: Writing Consistently is about Balance