The barge lumbered through the ocean, its hull so heavy and flat that only the crash of waves against steel assured those inside they were still at sea. Crates and barrels had dampened the noise when the Magadan left port in Ramsgate, but now the sound thumped through a hold … Continue reading
Apparently May 1st marked the start of the Story-a-Day challenge. Which I found out about a day or two before May. I was tempted to join in the fun, but Chad reminded me that I need to keep focused on the book I’m writing. Writing thirty-one different short stories is guaranteed to get my imagination going, but it’s also likely to yank my mind firmly out of early 20th Century Russia where it belongs right now.
Still, I wanted to do something. Continue reading
For the last three weeks, I’ve been busy editing a manuscript. Not one of my own. Something someone else wrote. This was the first editing pass. I wrapped it up and emailed everything to both the author and the publisher Friday night with thirteen minutes to spare before the clock … Continue reading
Thought I’d share this real quick before I dive back into editing today. Turn the lights off. Make sure everything in the house is silent. Close your eyes and imagine that it’s late at night, or the wee hours of the morning before the sun has risen, and you’re still … Continue reading
Last year Scott Franklin at Franklin-Christoph asked me to write a story to accompany the release of their Model 40 “Panther” fountain pen. So I did. Continue reading
Today’s mail brought the thing writers dread most — an envelope where the recipient’s address and the return address are the same. For the uninitiated, that’s an SASE, aka a self-addressed, stamped envelope. When you get one, it contains a response from an editor about a story you’ve submitted for … Continue reading
It snowed last night. Let me rephrase that. It SNOWED last night. This is the view from my kitchen window, looking at my neighbor’s house. There’s quite a distance between our houses, but there’s also a driveway. You can’t see it in this picture. Oh, it’s there — it’s just … Continue reading