Almost three weeks ago, I got an email from Women on Writing notifying me I was in their top ten for their Winter 2016 contest. I happy danced all the way from the women’s restroom in Flatbread back to my table. It was exciting and boosted my confidence. The days between now and then wereContinue reading “A Winning Story”
This morning, I woke up to two rejections. One was a form rejection from the Drabblecast for a flash piece called “The Largest Looser.” I just shrugged it off and started thinking about where to send it next. The flash story is hardly a month old been only been submitted to four places. I have plentyContinue reading “Half-Awake Thoughts on Publishing Short Fiction”
“I’ve spent like, a total of 12 hours on this essay and my instructor wants me to revise it again! This is the third draft! It has to be good!” -anonymous student Four Lessons About the Writing Process I Didn’t Believe Until I Started Teaching By Sara Codair As a professional tutor working in a busyContinue reading “Four Lessons About the Writing Process I Didn’t Believe Until I Started Teaching”
Two Peas in a Pod: The Writer and Antique Dealer By Sara Codair My mom is an antique dealer, and has been since I was about three years old. She choose that line of work so she could have a flexible work schedule that allowed her to earn money without taking too much timeContinue reading “Two Peas in a Pod: The Writer and Antique Dealer”
When I decide to write a flash story after spending the day grading papers, I end up writing stories inspired by cat toys. “Flying mouse-squirrel-bird Thing” is one of those. My cat has this crinkly, furry toy that is flattened like a flying squirrel but with the face and coloring of a mouse. It has strings danglingContinue reading “Flying Mouse-Squirrel-Bird Thing”
Deceit in the Dark By Sara Codair The vampiress hissed. “Mortal fool! Challenging me will be your doom!” The knight arched one eyebrow. “Perhaps it will be your doom.” She screeched, hoping to intimidate him. Her most terrifying, earsplitting howl failed to impress the knight. His eyes and skin were like ice and snow. HisContinue reading “Deceit in the Dark”
Today I had a piece of flash fiction published by Foliate Oak Magazine: “You open the closet on Monday morning, trying to decide what to wear. His side: everything is ironed, organized by color and meticulously hung. Your side: wrinkled shirts cling to hangers and sleeves dangle dangerously close to the floor.” Read more here.
As the semester comes to an end, it can be hard to remember to eat at all, let alone eat healthy. This was true for me when I was a student, and still is true now that I am a teacher. Since women cannot survive on chocolate alone (though we often want to), I believeContinue reading “Finals Week and Chicken Soup”
Tuesdays are the best and worst day of my week. I leave the house at 8:30 a.m. and don’t get home until 9:30 p.m. I tutor all day and teach at night, ending the day with my favorite group of students. By the time I get home, I’m exhausted, hungry, and off-the-wall hyper. This Tuesday,Continue reading “The Magic of Tuesday Acceptance Letters”
I used to just write what I understood. Now, I go out of my way to write what I don’t.