Find Your Voice

I’m coming down from the euphoric high that was #UCIJRetreat2021 and had an interesting development regarding my #RevPit entry. #RevPit is a contest where writers submit five pages to their editors of choice, who review them and determine if they’re worthy for eight-week, one-on-one editing sessions. I submitted the first five pages of Accursed Son, myContinue reading “Find Your Voice”

My First Virtual Writing Retreat

It began with us bellowing at the top of our lungs, “I AM A WRITER!”, a primal scream echoing throughout Zoom.  It would end with 20 kindred spirits becoming friends and bonding over writing. Proclaiming yourself a writer to others is a courageous act. I spent last weekend at the #5amwritersclub’s Unforgettable Characters & IncredibleContinue reading “My First Virtual Writing Retreat”

Deep in The Feels and ascending Failure Mountain

There’s a reason why I haven’t updated the blog in a few months. I’ve been writing. Head down, butt in chair, fingers on keyboard writing. I wrote three short stories and submitted them for publication. Lately, I’m on a short story kick. Crafting short stories takes time and energy, both of which I strangely haveContinue reading “Deep in The Feels and ascending Failure Mountain”

My Writing Life During This Pandemic Year: A Recap

Let me begin by proclaiming with gusto and conviction that 2020 sucked. It sucked hard. For many people, especially those who lost loved ones and friends to COVID-19, this pandemic year was the suckiest suckfest ever to have sucked. In March I was temporarily laid off from my 17-year career. Naïve and brimming with optimism,Continue reading “My Writing Life During This Pandemic Year: A Recap”

I Won NaNoWriMo!

Every November, National Novel Writing Month tests the strength and endurance of many budding scribes. They throw down the gauntlet and enter the arena doe-eyed newbies. After 30 days they emerge as shellshocked, bitter, and crazed wordsmiths, wondering why they ever agreed to anything so mentally scarring and ludicrous. NaNoWriMo, if you don’t know, isContinue reading “I Won NaNoWriMo!”

Dear Leader Tales

My short story “Rogue Scholars” is included in Dear Leader Tales, a collection of stories and poems published by Feral Cat Publishers. “Rogue Scholars” is the first story in the anthology, which includes work from 37 writers who present their quirky visions of dictatorships and abuses of power.  While the anthology’s origins developed in response toContinue reading “Dear Leader Tales”

Gird Up Your Loins for Pitch Wars

It’s that time again, Scribes! Pitch Wars is upon us with all of its doe-eyed hopefulness and nerve-wracking angst. For those who don’t know, Pitch Wars is a contest where writers query mentors who read their manuscripts and offer suggestions on improving the work so it’s ready for an agent.  Here’s the info about PitchContinue reading “Gird Up Your Loins for Pitch Wars”

Here Rests My Journalism Career

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am unemployed.  I was temporarily laid off as a newspaper reporter for a small weekly paper four months ago because of the pandemic. That temporarily layoff has become permanent. For the first time in 17 years I have no steady employment, and it sucks.  Before my former job, IContinue reading “Here Rests My Journalism Career”

Class of 2020 (or Graduating in the Pandemic Year)

Last week I braved the pandemic and returned to Rowan University for my commencement. Sweltering heat in a cap, gown and cape wasn’t how I envisioned a Wednesday in July, but we are living, as the pundits claim, in unusual times. The ceremony ended my four tumultuous years as a grad student. Anxiety, stress, andContinue reading “Class of 2020 (or Graduating in the Pandemic Year)”