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It’s been awhile…

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It’s been awhile since I have said hello here. Things have been a bit quiet this summer. Pushing through some personal issues, relaxing on the beach and seeking inspiration for all those words I love to write. The good mingling with the bad.

I thought I would share my newest author pic with you, actually my only author pic. I like it. My fabulous husband took it, and I think he has a good eye. It feels weird to have an author pic. I suppose that makes me an author. It’s pretty exciting.

Also I thought I would share my latest publication: ‘Green on the inside‘. I was thrilled to be published by Flash Fiction Online and not only that, but someone reviewed my story! Thrilling.

I hope your summer is full of sunshine and soft waves lapping smooth shores. ❤

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Story Notes: The Giver

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My story ‘The Giver’ was published this week in Bitterzoet Magazine.  There were so many wonderful stories and poems in this issue of Bitterzoet and I was totally honoured to be included.

To read the story just head on over to Bitterzoet and check it out!

Because I love to know about the origins of a story from the writer’s perspective, I thought I would share some notes about this story with you.

Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in the story notes below. So if you want to read the story with fresh eyes check it out first at Bitterzoet before reading the notes.

About ‘The Giver

This story came from the idea that every little bit we do makes a difference; a smile, a kind word, a small confession.  Even the tiniest things can make a huge difference in someone’s day, or even their lives.

 I often walk around feeling like I’m insulated, like I’m living life in a vacuum.  It’s so easy to forget or not even realize the impact I have on others.  But by looking at the impact others have on me, I can extrapolate, calculate the possibility that when I make eye contact on the subway, say hi to a stranger, offer a bit of my attention, it does make a difference.

I don’t want to live in a world where we are all alone, where our actions don’t have consequences.  The girl in ‘The Giver’ offered bits of herself, seemingly inconsequential, in order to provide a larger inspiration, or a sort of relief to the world around her.

Ultimately, I think that’s what I strive for in my writing, and maybe all writers do.  Offering a bit of ourselves so everyone else can remember they’re not alone.

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Story Notes: Honey & Rye

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My story ‘Honey & Rye’ was published this week at Klipspringer Magazine. It’s a beautiful magazine and I was so honoured to be included in the ‘Circularity’ issue.

To read the story just head on over to Klipspringer and check it out!

Because I love to know about the origins of a story from the writer’s perspective, I thought I would share some notes about this story with you.

Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in the story notes below. So if you want to read the story with fresh eyes check it out first at Klipspringer before reading the notes.

About ‘Honey & Rye’

I was in the shower and the first line of this story popped into my head: ‘We grew fat on honey’. It’s weird when that happens, when something pops into your head out of nowhere. But it wasn’t nowhere was it? There were a million different things buzzing through my head at the time and they all combined into this single, tasty line.

The first person to introduced me to the multiple first person perspective was Aimee Bender, one of my favourite writers, in her short story ‘Appleless’. If you haven’t read it, you should. Like…now. It’s in her fantastic short story collection ‘The Color Master’.

I love the multiple first person perspective because I find it lends itself beautifully to a fairytale story with an almost chilling, slightly sinister undertone.

Once I had the first line I just sat down and the rest of it poured out; thick and golden, sweet and yeasty. I was pleased with the results.

I see a lot of fairy tale re-tellings happening out there in the writing world and although I can’t knock them (because who doesn’t love a good classic?) I still feel as though writing our own new fairy tales is important. I personally prefer to read (and write) new fairy tales and I wish there were more out in the world (again Aimee Bender does an excellent job of this).

Finally, a lovely person online and some people in one of my writing groups suggested this would make a good illustrated story or animated short and I would love to see that happen. If there are any artists out there interested let me know! I’m not really sure how collaborations like that happen, but I thought I’d put the idea out there anyway.

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Story Notes – Muriel & Ryan

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My story ‘Muriel & Ryan’ was published this week on Close to the Bone, Near to the Knuckle.  It’s a great site with some down and dirty stories and I was so happy to have my work published there!

To read the story just head on over to Close to the Bone and check it out!

Because I love to know about the origins of a story from the writer’s perspective, I thought I would share some notes about this story with you.

Spoiler Alert:  There are spoilers in the story notes below.  So if you want to read the story with fresh eyes check it out first at Close to the Bone before reading the notes.

About ‘Muriel & Ryan’

I wanted to explore the idea of hunting for a mate from a slightly different perspective.  Sometimes it’s seen as a game to people; just find the person who matches your criteria and dive in.  Sometimes it’s fast, rough and predatory.  For me it was.  I knew exactly what I was looking and in a way, like Muriel, I found myself merging to some degree with the person I ultimately chose.

I like Muriel because she knows what she wants and takes it, she’s in control and she’s world weary and bad ass.  I like Ryan because he’s kind of innocent, kind of stereotypical and kind of a dumb-ass—a lost soul just like all of us.

This is the first story I’ve tried with an internal monologue where the characters are narrating and talking to themselves.  It was a hard one to pull off because sometimes I felt it was a little forced, but I always like to try new things and in this case I’m glad I did!

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Poety Publication – Lantern Magazine

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I am so happy to announce the inclusion of my poem ‘Now’ in the wonderful, creative and beautiful Lantern Magazine.

My poem is a part of Issue 10 and was inspired by the breaking of winter and the long awaited emergence of spring.

If you would like to buy a copy of Issue 10 or any other issues on offer, please head to the Lantern Magazine website to order!

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Story Notes: Hungry

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My story ‘Hungry’ was published yesterday in Black Treacle Magazine and I was so pleased to be included with the other wonderful stories in issue # 6!

To read my full story, you can head over to the Black Treacle website and download the magazine in Kindle, E-Pub or .PDF format.

Because I love to know about the origins of a story from the writer’s perspective, I thought I would share some notes about this story with you.

Spoiler Alert:  There are spoilers in the story notes below.  So if you want to read the story with fresh eyes check it out first at Black Treacle before reading the notes.

About ‘Hungry’

The subject of this story is particularly personal to me.

I wanted to write something that would help me explore my own lifelong body dysmorphic issues and my obese-phobia.  The thing is that I think I’m fat.  Actually, what I should say is that I feel I’m fat.  I know logically that I’m not, but for some reason the feeling plagues me pretty consistently.  I have a family history of overeating/obesity and I think that has had a negative effect on me and the way I view myself.

So in a way this story is a combination of exploring two different fears of mine; obesity and addiction.

I wanted to understand and think about the way a person might feel to be trapped in a food-related addiction and to have their self-image distorted by their own feelings relating to a lack of control.  I know that in the past reading and writing has opened my eyes to other perspectives and I wanted to allow myself to feel what being trapped in a food addicted mindset must be like.  The idea of addiction to anything scares me, but food related addictions I find even more difficult to ponder because food is something you have to eat to live and so can’t avoid even if you want to.

My thoughts on the matter manifested in the form of a demon because I felt he represented the feeling of external pressure some might feel when they get trapped in addictions.  Even if the real problem is coming from inside, I can see how it would be easy to feel as though it was external; a creature haunting you, a demon following you around.

I found it to be an enlightening and interesting journey to write this story and my hope is that readers will take some time to think about how difficult it is to fight the demons that plague anyone who suffers from an addiction, food related or otherwise.

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Story Notes – Dear Agnes

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My story ‘Dear Agnes’ was published today in Grim Corps.  It’s a wonderful web magazine with some fantastic stories and amazing art.

To read my full story, you can head over to the Grim Corps website and download the magazine in Kindle, E-Pub or .PDF format.

Although a story can certainly stand on it’s own, I’ve included a little ‘about the story’ section below because from a writer’s perspective I personally like to know where a story comes from.

Spoiler Alert:  Although there are no specifics below, there are thematic spoilers.  So if you want to read the story with fresh eyes save the ‘about’ section for after.

About Dear Agnes

Looking back on my life I realize I’ve done a lot.  Now, as a writer I have the opportunity to tell those crazy, sometimes dangerous stories of my life.  I have in the past told told many of my stories as they happened, in a memoir fashion, but I prefer to mix them into fiction because it gives me the opportunity to explore my own stories from a different perspective.

In Dear Agnes I chose to write about my journey to Egypt and some of the experiences I had there.  I wanted to write from the perspective of a woman traveling alone in the 20’s to give it a Lovecraft feel and to allow myself to imagine what it might be like to be myself (in a way) in a different time.  I found it exciting and intriguing to see some of my own experiences through Rosemary’s eyes.

I also wanted to write about the relationship between two sisters, in retrospect perhaps to illustrate the slow degradation of my relationship with my brother when I went through serious and psyche altering changes of my own.

I like writing about the line between magic and madness and specifically leaving the bits in between open to interpretation because life is so often left open to interpretation.  I think that’s the thing I truly love about magic realism.  We are always (and will perhaps always be) searching for answers to the mysteries of life, but the things that matter most are often not the mysteries themselves, but the effects they have on our lives and our relationships.

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave critiques in the comments, I’m always open to suggestion and speculation!