IT’S TRUE

It's true that I keep track. I have kept track since I was a girl, and I am officially an old woman now . . . so it’s been a long time. I have noticed for at least fifty years. I stay for the credits in films and search for women among the crew. I [...]

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SHORTLISTED update: ACCEPTED!

A story I am particularly proud of is "shortlisted"—that is, the editors told me they liked it and wanted to hold it longer—with a paying online journal. This particular story had been shortlisted three times before, each time by a journal that pays professional rates and does not allow simultaneous submissions. As a result it [...]

HOW TO REVISE

The process of sending written work—stories, essays, poems—to editors and agents who represent authors' work is called "submission." Just now, I am submitting a complete novel. The novel concerns a women who marries unwisely, suffers mightily, and must find a way to remake her life. It might sound like a metaphor for my writing life. [...]

DREAMING IN COLOR

The sky is vivid blue and the sun burns hot and yellow. The horse is flying. The flying horse soars beyond rust-colored dirt roads and gardens of red and orange flowers, over green hills and streams edged with trees in full leaf. The horse flies effortlessly. Cold air brushes past my cheeks and the flanks [...]