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Making use of writing prompts

Making use of writing prompts

I was in a Zoom workshop recently led by flash fiction expert Meg Pokrass. One of the writing prompts she offered was, "They said it only came out at night." Here's an edited. version of what I came up with: I know better They say it only comes out at night. I know...

Bankrupt: a one-act play

Bankrupt: a one-act play

One of these days I'm going to publish a collection of five or six of my one-act plays. This one, titled Bankrupt, was produced, along with five other short plays, in 2019 by Off the Page, an accomplished and popular local readers theater group. For this production,...

An Aunt Truly’s Tale: Taken

An Aunt Truly’s Tale: Taken

Years ago, when I was involved in the San Francisco Bay Area's vibrant storytelling community, and by that I mean a group of people dedicated to the ancient art of telling tales live to an audience, I used to tell this story. It's one of my favorites, and I felt like...

Help! Does this introduction work?

Help! Does this introduction work?

The ten stories for Aunt Truly's Tales are coming together well, and I'm now preparing an introduction for the collection. It's one of the last things to do before sending the manuscript to a few beta readers. I'm going to paste in the intro's draft and would very...

Redwoods, a lament

Redwoods, a lament

We are all on edge in Sonoma County and other California locales contending with raging wildfires amid COVID-19. The news this week that Big Basin, California's first state park, was consumed by flames hit me hard. It was the first place my husband, Jim, and I took...

An Aunt Truly’s Tale: The Diamond

An Aunt Truly’s Tale: The Diamond

I'm getting closer to having a final ten stories for Aunt Truly's Tales. This new story might replace "The Indomitable Husky-Sheltie Cross," which might not have enough resonance for people who haven't read my novel, The Kiminee Dream. This new story, which is in...

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