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My April 14 Story Contest News and Spring Complaint

Imminent Spring

Here in the Midwest we’re still getting blasted with late-season snow every other day, but green things are bursting from the ground anyway.

In writing news, I submitted a story for Short Fiction Break’s spring contest. It’s called In the Ring. It was inspired by a story I wrote back in February for Friday Fictioneers called The Contender. As any of the Fictioneers will tell you, sometimes the story is so much more than the 100-word limit will allow! That story haunted me, so I was glad for the opportunity to dig in.

Per the contest guidelines, the story is about what happens when a character winds up stuck between a bad choice and a worse choice. If you like it, Please vote it for a readers’ choice award. If you don’t like it, well then I hope you like J. Hardy Carroll’s story instead.

Happy Spring! Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, have a most wonderful autumn.

Karen

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog silence

…for an update.

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Following my brief hiatus to complete Nanowrimo, and my annual Food-and-Family-Fun-Fest that is December, I wanted to let regular readers my mom know I am back.

Look for my Women of Courage series to return Sunday. Apologies for letting this slip, but thankfully the world has not come crashing to a halt without my articles. Although it has been skittering dangerously close to the edge… Ahem, I’m sure it’s unrelated.

Look for my regular Pegman posts to continue on Saturdays, as well as the occasional photograph. Also hoping to participate in Friday Fictioneers more frequently in the coming year.

In publishing news, I’m in the thick of a second draft of my fourth novel, Best Friends for Never.

As always, thanks for visiting. Without you, I’d be talking to myself. Actually, I am talking to myself. NOTE TO SELF: Consider getting out of the house more.

-k

October Writing Update

I wanted to post an update for my many friends and followers to let folks know what I’m up to… Or actually that would just be you… So hey, you. Thanks for checking in.

A couple of weeks ago I finished the third round of editing on my novel The Kwan Factor. This is a novel four years in the making. I got the original idea while attending the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, where the amazing Kelly Dwyer encouraged participants to plot a novel in this week-long workshop. My snarky ADHD narrator proved hard to tame, and it wasn’t until I took the brilliant Hugh Ferrer’s Clock and Camera workshop summer before last that I came up with an approach to manage her. So happy to say this book is done (for now). Many thanks to the friends and family that supported me during this journey.

I’m currently working on ideas for what to work for NaNoWriMo. For those not in the know, that’s National Novel Writing Month , the writing challenge where participants write 50,000 words for the month of November. I have a couple of partly finished novels I’ve considered revisiting for this challenge, but I’m also brainstorming for what would be a series. I’ve got a few weeks to make up my mind.

Stay tuned for further developments!

Karen

 

Positive thinking

Positive thinking is taking that moment when it’s its 3:45 am, and the dog is pacing in the hall and thinking:

Whee! I have lots of time to write today

instead of thinking

Shit. Another day: short of sleep, with only a tiny fragment of time to chase the dream, and then it’s off to work–then bills–then laundry–and the evening gauntlet of activities; only to be followed winter, and growing old, and finally death.

And then I remember: donuts!