I recently returned from my South American vacation to news that one of my short stories, “Second Honeymoon” was being published in the May 2014 issue of DRIFTLESS REVIEW and was a finalist for thier flash fiction contest. I may not have won the cash money, but you can read all 750 words of “Second Honeymoon” here.
“Second Honeymoon” was inspired by a trip to a nude beach in Croatia that I took with my husband last May and a conversation we had about baring souls while baring bodies. Pro Tip: The best time to visit a nude beach is after drinking and in between downpours. Then you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing you and you can scratch “nude beach” off of your bucket list.
As it turns out, most of my short fiction is inspired by our travels and the weird-ass people we encounter.
This blast from the past was from Mother’s Day 1990. I was in third grade. It marked the first time I was published and in turn was also the best Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever given my mom. While my storytelling has improved in the last 24 years, I can’t say the same about my drawing
So I have a bit of good news to share. I’ve been sitting on it for quite a few
weeks months, yet telling everyone I know about it.
I can no longer consider writing to be an expensive hobby that was draining both my soul and my bank account, because as of this week, someone has paid me to publish a little short story of mine.
This is not my first paid writing piece, just my first paid YA fiction piece. Once upon a time, or a million years ago I had a short-lived career as a travel writer. Years before that I had an adult flash fiction story, “Stalking Mr. Right,” published in Fiction Fix, but that was for glory, not for cash.
But I digress.
Back in August my young adult short story “The End of Them” was accepted to be published in the University of Washington literary journal, Stratus. Well, it’s finally been published.
I don’t expect anyone to buy it, but you can read it free here
. My story is on page 25. The rest of work in the journal is pretty awesome too.