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This Vampire Sun

We noticed it in the cats at first. We made jokes about all felines being solar-powered, with cells under the fur of their bellies. Stretched out in sun-rays, eyes languishing, the occasional dream-twitch of the paws and whiskers, we envied their ability – their luxury – to sleep anywhere, chasing sunbeams through the house and across gardens. 3,134 more words


The Sparks Fired Her Engine Up

And just like that, she awakened on a Tuesday morning with a creative spark after 24 hours of non produce-o and non create-o. She wrote emotional poetry; she produced a few slightly payable items; she decided how her characters would proceed in the third installment of Midlife Crisis. 312 more words

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Halloween Stories in October

Every year (except for last year) I try to write a Halloween-themed short story. I write it for two reasons. One: I get really excited that/this time of year, and two: I’m really bad at short stories. 113 more words


Love's Love Lost

Once, in the gloomy and perpetually rainy City of Alphabet, there was born a girl who was said to be the living embodiment of love. From the doctor’s first slap, the girl giggled instead of crying and flushed the neighborhood of all its gray. 1,905 more words


Short Story Writing Basics for Students

Twice during senior year, my students have to write creative writing pieces under test conditions. Here is some of the advice I give out in a way that is easy to remember. 906 more words


On Putting Together A Short Story Collection

Many moons ago, when I was in my early teens, I read a piece of advice which I’ve always tried to stick with. I can’t remember the exact wording, but basically what it was saying was don’t talk about what you’re writing, just keep your head down and get on with it. 436 more words

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