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Good News, Good News, Bad News


To Begin Again is in the final stages, and is soon to be released. It's a collection of short stories and essays, a few of which have been published over the course of 2010.


"A Little Taste of Heaven" won Story of the Month at Bartleby Snopes. 

Thank you to anyone who read, liked, and voted. And even to those of you who read, cringed and voted for another story. Either way, you're reading, and I thank you for that.
(It's up here:


I'm not doing a very good job keeping my resolution to blog more. I probably won't have a real post up until next month. But, I'm thinking of making it fantastic. An in-depth review of Snooki's novel, perhaps (Come on, NYT, and you pick on memoir?). I read the acknowledgements at Target the other day, while my husband was looking at electronics. I can honestly say, it affected me.

Writing Prompts, Rebellion & Inspiration

I've never been a fan of writing prompts. Frankly, I've found that most of the time they suck. Or maybe more accurately, I suck at writing to prompts. But, most of my students despise the open prompt. Even those who, like me, do not write well to prompts, seek some specific guidance if only to rebel against it. So, a prompt can be useful if only to cure a blank page of excessive space.

Take, for instance, the assignment that I introduce to my Introduction to Creative Writing course:
Find a classified advertisement online (at Craigslist or in the newspaper), one that you find interesting. Then, create a character based on the person who wrote this classified advertisement. Tell me what their first date might be like in under 1,500 words. The story may be told through any perspective, but it must contain some sort of change. The character must somehow be altered by the end of this date.

Pretty specific, eh? And, yet it's open enough that the writer can take the assignment in …