Story Harvest

My summer of words may be over, but the fruits of my hard work are ripening. I may have picked my last summer squash and soy beans last month, but the peppers are finally changing color, the carrots are fat and the corn is tall. Writing isn’t that different from gardening. The first drafts are planted seeds.Continue reading “Story Harvest”

No Back to School Blues

For many childless adults, the idea of having summers off and going “back to school” in the fall is a distant memory. However, for those of us who haven’t spent much time working in the illusion known as the “real word,” summers off, or at least a off from our regular job, is a veryContinue reading “No Back to School Blues”

Anthology Update: A Much Better Cover!

So the anthology I posted about yesterday just announced they were changing their cover and I’m glad. The new cover is much better, showcasing tiny drops making big ripples in liquid text, much like the way each tiny story contained in this volume can impact the reader. Okay, the metaphor might be a little cliche,Continue reading “Anthology Update: A Much Better Cover!”

Making Money (or not) and Writing

Making Money (or not) and Writing By Sara Codair There are hundreds of literary journals on the Internet. Many of them are carefully curated and beautifully designed. Many of them don’t pay their writers and artists. I like some of these non-paying venues, but always feel conflicted about submitting to them. I do want toContinue reading “Making Money (or not) and Writing”

Feedback is a Two-Sided Coin

Every writer needs feedback, and I am not exception. I hunt for it more than my cat hunts for bugs. However, I was recently reminded that I really need to be careful with how I use and respond to it in the same way that Goose needs to realize its okay to hunt flies, but notContinue reading “Feedback is a Two-Sided Coin”

Passing Storm Clouds

Instead of writing yesterday afternoon, I spent a good amount time just just standing outside, watching and photographing clouds as they moved in over the lake. There appeared to be fronts colliding in front of my eyes. I wanted to write a poem about it, but have yet even begin to find the words toContinue reading “Passing Storm Clouds”

A True Cliché: It’s Darkest Before Dawn

As a writer, I often strive to avoid clichés. However, there are times when they are just necessary. The title of this blog post was one of them. I’ve gotten over 100 rejections since I started sending stories out to publishes, but last week, and the week before, the stream of rejections was more intense. ItContinue reading “A True Cliché: It’s Darkest Before Dawn”

Practicing Patience: Gardening and Writing

Practicing Patience: Gardening and Writing By Sara Codair As you may know from my previous posts, patience is something I struggle with. Sometimes, I’ve wondered if my lack of patience was going to prevent me from succeeding in the writing world. I wrote about this struggle, and how it can be both a gift andContinue reading “Practicing Patience: Gardening and Writing”

Writers, Book Signings and Exorcisms

It had been a while since I’d gone to any kind of author talk or writing event, so when my friend, Artemis, asked me to go see Grady Hendrix speak at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, I agreed, even though I had never heard of Grady Hendrix or read any of his books. Artemis said weContinue reading “Writers, Book Signings and Exorcisms”

Flash Fiction: Hope

Hope By Sara Codair “Don’t feel bad. I’m pretty hard to kill,” said GiYu. His purple appendages were already reattached and his torso was knitting itself back together. The human female nodded and sucked air in through her nose. The slurping sound worried GiYu that the mucus her crying had evoked was making it hardContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Hope”