All of us grew up with them.
And we learned that adulthood is full of them, too.
But so often when we read a book or watch a movie, the rules of life and consequences don’t seem to apply.
And this is a sure-fire way to repel readers forever.
Honorable Mention counts, right?
First and foremost, props to the Grand Prize winner, Sef Churchill and her wildly imaginative story, “Porthole.” She should write her own (legitimate) version of this post.
But my Honorable Mention was included in the “Congratulations to the Winners” email – and I call that #WINNING!
So here’s how I did it, and how you can too. Continue reading “How I, a Former Judge, Won a Short Story Contest”
In 2004, I wrote and produced a play. I was convinced it was brilliant.
I was especially proud of all the conflict between its two main characters, believing that this made the play an honest portrayal of life’s complicated issues.
When it debuted, I hoped that my friend and professional actor, Landon, would be mightily impressed.
After many nights hiding in the hot, lonely swamps of the Deep South, Celestine and her daughter decide to risk staying at an unproven Underground Railroad Station. “The Warmth of Blankets” is the story of their terrifying and heroic trip into the home of a white farmer that may, or may not, be worthy of their trust.
Read “The Warmth of Blankets,” winner of Honorable Mention in the 2017 Spring Fiction Contest (hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break), here! Continue reading ““The Warmth of Blankets” – Winner of Honorable Mention!”