The Busy Procrastinator

Yes, I know. It’s been a while. But there’s a good excuse for that (says the procrastinator).

I’ve been writing. A lot.

First off, I have to direct you to the micro-fiction website 101fiction.com. Four times per year, the site publishes free stories of exactly 100 words, and each issue is themed. June’s issue was Dragons and Summer, and I am proud to have been a part of it! Check out the website to read my story, “Danny,” along with numerous other great authors.

I know, that was news I should have shared last month. Like I said, I’ve been busy. Even the garden has over-ripened fruit hanging from the vines… Whoops.

I spent a month plotting a new novella, developing characters and themes, etc. Then I went on a writing retreat, and spent the entire time writing…

Just not the story I’d planned. I don’t know what happened. Sitting with my computer in my lap, a new idea sparked, followed by an unending string of cohesive plot points and characters that I loved watching react to them.

So I wrote that. It was supposed to be a long short story, but at 15,000 words, I’m just getting to the really good stuff. It has evolved into something bigger, and that’s super exciting.

You can see now why I’ve been away for so long.

So go check out my story at 101fiction.com, and stay tuned for more news from the homestead-in-progress.

Cheers,

M.R.C.

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Looking for an Ending

I was laying in bed the other night reading The Writer, and I noticed seven pages worth of fiction and poetry contests with deadlines ranging from now until the end of the summer. This is both good and bad; I have many options when considering where to submit my work, but I could end up spending a lot of money in the process. 😉

But, in the spirit of the contest season, I have prepared a short, short story called “End of Harvest”. Originally set in the post apocalyptic world of The Fall of Galen (the first book in a dark fantasy series written with my co-author BJ Sendelbaugh), it is a story about two teenage brothers tasked with destroying the farm’s zombie slaves.  I changed a few details that took it out of that world, but my intention is to eventually rework it to fit right back in.

I’m sharing this with the caveat that this is not a final draft, but merely the early workings of a story.  I haven’t even shared this one with my critique group yet (sorry gals).  When it is complete, though, you may just find it right back here.  By the way, I welcome and encourage all comments and suggestions.  I’m not quite sure how to end it yet, so I’m looking to you all to help me.

Read End of Harvest by clicking here.

Enjoy!

Cheers to fears,

M. R. C.