Your Mandala

Things are really speeding up with my novel, at least that’s how it seems at the moment. I’ve written my dedication and acknowledgments, which was quite simply the funnest thank you note I’ve ever written. Now the manuscript is with a line editor, and I’m quaking because I don’t know quite what to expect. “Line editor” sounds sort of frightening.

So, with my latest literary endeavor still pending, I’ve been looking back at some of my old ones. You can see a few under “My Stories” to the right. These are all online and free, so have a look if you’re interested. Some are better than others, and a few might shock you. 🙂 Most are really short, either micro- or flash fiction. Somebody once described flash fiction to me as “being afraid of words” (sorry, I can’t remember which one of my friends it was, but if you want to step forward and claim it, I’ll be happy to attribute that quote). I don’t actually agree. Flash fiction was an essential step in my development as a writer. Flash fiction writers learn to write concisely, digging out the heart of the story.

One of my favorite stories actually qualifies as a short story. I’ve seriously considered trying to convert it to a screenplay, but that’s a whole new kind of writing I have yet to experiment much with. The story is “Your Mandala”. I loved this story from the moment I wrote it because the characters spoke through me rather than me speaking for them. Plus, it was the first story since third grade that actually won a contest. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Last, but not least, I finished a book by a friend. Gone is the last book in Lisa McMann’s bestselling Wake trilogy. Though technically classified as “Young Adult”, I can tell you there’s plenty there for adults. My favorite of the three was the second, Fade, but Gone wound up the trilogy in the best possible way. Loved every word and read all of them!