Post-Thanksgiving and this small town gal is getting ready to work on a few amazing new projects. The spring and summer were kept busy marketing the published short stories of 2018 in various anthologies and online media. Find a list of my current works under Published Works or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can direct you to the best place to find various anthologies full of wonderful authors.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of some outstanding collections of stories, work with supportive editors and chat with other authors during the process. Putting your work into the world is one of our scariest dilemmas. As a writer – you know you have to do it – but you avoid it. That is you avoid it until you need to make that hard decision; do you stick up your hand and offer to read at a book launch even though you will have to hide your shaking hands or do you continue to hide?
Well, I peeked out in 2018 and found so much encouragement that I imagine myself akin to Sally Field accepting that famous Oscar, “You like me? You really like me?” But it gave this aspiring writer some hope that there may be readers for my dark and twisty tales. That the world does have people who like that pit in the bottom of the stomach feeling and don’t mind when my stories delve into supernatural or abnormal psychology themes. Time will tell.
Summers are not a great creative time for me. It has taken a few years to admit this, but for now, unless there is a deadline to meet, I have had to concede that with a houseful of children, pets and visitors, it is too hard to write or do much of anything besides enjoy our beautiful space in Prince Edward County. Living life right?
But I have missed writing. So slowly in September, I started typing away again and tried to establish that routine. Things haven’t been entirely quiet on the writing front. I did a fun interview for Gemma Brook’s new website, I finished a freelance article (1st in a series) on our family trip to Israel at SixSuitcaseTravel.com and next week I’ll have something new to share as The County Wave gets a well-deserved feature.
I have also been submitting those short stories, you now those ones that patiently wait for your attention and also finished a new project. Time has also been well spent mulling over characters and plots for a longer piece of work, sharing ideas and reading. I have missed reading! For me, when I write, I find it hard to read anything and rely on other means of storytelling. Discovering Ozark and Weeds a couple of months ago has given my brain some fun distractions.
Check back once in a while and see what is going on at Small Town Gal. Who knows what the future holds?