On Descending Into Madness, or Editing a Short Story Collection

I've spent the month of March editing, tweaking, rearranging, and rewriting a story collection of mine that has been in the works for a few years now, Siblings and Other Stories. Editing a story collection is an entirely different beast from my experiences editing a novel. In order for it to be successful, you have… Continue reading On Descending Into Madness, or Editing a Short Story Collection

Fourth of July Fairy Tale, Part II

The story gets a bit weird here, likely because I wrote it at two in the morning when I couldn't sleep on my flight between New York and Washington. Oh well, this one's for the birds... Adriana, Made of Light (Continued) Adriana found the birds perched in a willow tree on the edge of town.… Continue reading Fourth of July Fairy Tale, Part II

Fourth of July Fairy Tale, Part I

Every year my family gathers for the Fourth of July at my parents' house in Central Washington. Of the many Americana traditions we partake in--watching fireworks, watermelon-eating contest--one of my favorites is sitting around the fire pit in my parents' yard. This year, my mom asked me to write a fairy tale to read while… Continue reading Fourth of July Fairy Tale, Part I