Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Second Place Contest Award

The Redwood Writers Conference (a branch of the California Writers Club) granted me the second place award for my short story in their contest this year. What is unusual in this contest is that the judges give a comment on each of the stories that won. Here is what Judge Rebecca Lawton said about my "A Cup of Change":

"Full of conflict from the opening, "Change" takes more turns than a labyrinth. The author engages in story telling in a good, old-fashioned way: pulling us in, making us wonder, and resolving in the end without making it too "neat". Fabulous use of background images echoes the protagonist's journey. Fun, and a bit of snark."

It's not only interesting but encouraging to read someone else's review of my work.

This is my sixth contest award, the other five were first place and each experience has been different. This time, although second place, feels just as thrilling because of the review. Thank you, Judge Lawton.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Audrey Niffenegger

One of my top ten favorite novels is Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. I had hoped for a sequel, but forgot to check if she had written anything recently.

When I happened to spot her name on Her Fearful Symmetry at Borders last week, I was surprised that it isn't a sequel. It's about two sisters who move to their aunt's flat after she is deceased and it happens to border a cemetery. Normally I don't read "cemetery" kinds of stories, but I like Niffenegger's writing so much, that I trust it will be more than a spooky story.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Polish Your Fiction Class Starts Tomorrow

At the Dublin Senior Center, I will be teaching a Polish Your Fiction Class for eight weeks on Monday mornings, 10:00 to 12:15. It will include fresh writing techniques and an easy, powerful way to polish your writing projects. The revision system takes the "ugh" out of editing and makes the process of revisions as much fun as writing the first draft. At the end of eight weeks, your work in progress will have increased clarity, cadence, and reader interest.

If you're interested come tomorrow and sign up: 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin CA 94568. 925-556-4511

I'm planning to do another eight weeks starting in January with new techniques and tips.