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Happy Monday!  If you’re a writer and you haven’t signed up yet for the weekly FundsforWriters email newsletter, you are missing out!  Especially since the most recent newsletter includes my essay about artists’ residencies!

Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado
Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado

I’ve had the great fortune to complete three residencies in the past few years – Arteles in Finland, Elsewhere Studios in Colorado, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods in Washington.

Willow Labyrinth at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland
Willow Labyrinth at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland

Spending time living and working at all three of these wonderful artistic enclaves changed me for the better.  And this Autumn I’ve been incredibly fortunate to live and write in Texarkana, Texas, thanks to the generosity of friends who have provided me with a writer’s retreat.

I hope you will visit C. Hope Clark’s brilliant website FundsforWriters.com and read my post, but also take a look around – she provides sound advice and resources for the writing life, whether you just started writing chapter one, or you’re trying to market your published work.  FFW is a trusted clearinghouse for literary markets, grants and contests.  Hope also has a blog about her own writing adventures.  I’m so thrilled to share my experiences on FundsforWriters!

 

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Great news – my flash fiction piece ‘The Splendid Mendicants’ has been published in the second issue of Slink Chunk Press.   I’m really excited to be a part of this new online journal showcasing the work of diverse writers and artists from around the world.

I wrote this story while going through a writing-prompt phase inspired by the subjects of spam emails.  One of my favorites advised ‘Treat Your Disease With Our Splendid Mendicants!’  I like to pretend I’m smart, but I had no idea what a mendicant might be, so I looked it up.  Maybe the spam author wanted to say ‘medications’ not monks, I don’t know…but then my story was born.  It’s also part of a series I like to call my SuperNature series.  I write about Mother Nature getting the upper hand and not the blame.

I hope you enjoy my little fable – click here to read ‘The Splendid Mendicants’ at Slink Chunk Press.

Even better, you can see and hear me read the beginning of the story online!  Tonight we had a google hangout for Slink Chunk Story Time.  I joined forces with editor Tegan Elizabeth and poet Vanessa Willoughby to provide you with some literary entertainment.  Vanessa read her poem ‘Self-Immolation Means I Love You’, and the three of us had a great time.  Click here to see the broadcast!

Thanks to Unsplash for the trees photo.

 

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