On “Creating” Characters

On “Creating” Characters

The line extended as far as the eye could see, each of us hoping that today we would be among the lucky ones chosen to be part of some writer’s story.   I’ve led many lives; a pregnant teenager, the father of a murdered son – that was a tough one – a prison...

Tender Cuts Is Here!

Tender Cuts Is Here!

It’s Just Like Christmas! That’s how I felt as I ripped open the box containing copies of “Tender Cuts.”  “You knew what was in the box, Jayne, so it wasn’t really like Christmas,” you may say. “But ah,” I respond. “I was an incorrigible snooper as a child.” The only...

When Good Things Create Bad Dreams …

In my dream, I haven’t graduated from high school. I need just one more class, but somehow I can never find the classroom or I arrive days after the class has started. I haven’t got the right book and there are no desks left so I give up and go home vowing to try...

“Let’s Talk About Fear”

“Let’s Talk About Fear”

At Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman's wonderful website for her writing retreats, I've published an essay about fear. This is how Kathy introduces the piece: Nancy and I were so thrilled when the lovely, funny, and talented Jayne Martin, who’d participated in our debut...

A Lobster Walks Into a Laundromat

”None of the women could recall when the lobster first appeared, his large claws clacking against the floor as he folded his laundry along with the rest of them.”

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