Beta Reading, Books, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Summer Reading!

This looks a lot like my TBR pile.... I avoid picking up novels for nine months out of the year. It's not from any reluctance to read them, but it's a practical measure I've learned I have to take. You see (deep breath) I'm a story addict. Once I pick up a book and get… Continue reading Summer Reading!

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Happy December! 2020 has been full many interesting surprises, but today I'm excited to share a pleasant one! I hadn't expected to have a publication announcement this year. My second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is with beta readers who have already given me lots of things to think about. I hope to hit the… Continue reading A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Short Fiction, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

November's lurking just around the corner, cracking its knuckles and waiting to pounce. A little melodramatic? Maybe. But I can't help viewing the turning of the calendar page with some trepidation. Between school and home, September and October have gone by in a whirlwind— momming and teaching and correcting and cooking and driving and writing… Continue reading A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

Today, I'd like to welcome author JPC Allen!  I greatly enjoyed her first published short story, "Debt to Pay," a part of the anthology From the Lake to the River. It was filled with fascinating characters and lots of good suspense and mystery. Her second, "A Rose from the Ashes" has just been published- but… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Publishing Short Fiction: An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

While I've enjoyed sharing tales of publishing journeys from novelists I've gotten to know, (thanks to Lydia, Jean, Dan, Vanessa and Anita for these,) there are many other formats aside from novels for writers to share their stories and dreams.  Today I'd like to welcome Jonathon Mast back to The Naptime Author to share his… Continue reading Publishing Short Fiction: An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

History Class, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Today’s Post Is Somewhere Else

Blogger, speculative fiction author, and long-time friend of mine, Jon Mast, invited me to do a guest post on his new writing site. At "Wanted: One New Earth," Jon takes an unusual perspective to discuss the writers' life. I enjoyed the chance to write something a bit outside of my norm- I hope you can stop… Continue reading Today’s Post Is Somewhere Else

Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Six-Word Story Challenge Update

Hello all! A few weeks ago, I posted about microfiction and Nicola Auckland's Six Word Story Challenge. Since then, Nicola has decided to step back from blogging. However, another blogger is planning to keep the challenge going on her site. If you would like to check it out, the following link is the place to… Continue reading Six-Word Story Challenge Update

Publishing, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

My Short Story is Online!

It is my pleasure to present to you the second place winner from the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, Anne Clare’s “Dark Corners.” Anne Clare’s story was a blast to read. She hooked me from the opening and held me straight through to the end. Obviously, it was a fave of the celebrity judges, […]… Continue reading My Short Story is Online!