March 31, 2016
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A Writer's Path. 20 Tips for Writing a Captivating Short Story
The Atlantic. Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences
The Creative Penn. 7 Mistakes You're Making with Your Author Blog and How to Fix Them
The Guardian. John Irving in conversation with Jeanette Winterson
March 7, 2016
My short story "Walking Past" appears in Issue 3 of The Nottingham Review This story had fifteen rejections before being accepted at this British digital literary journal. I love the cover photograph "Three girls in kitchen" by William Gedney.
"Walking Past" excerpt:
"There is a curious woman in my neighbourhood. She appeared two months ago and strolls around the building that sits on the corner of my block. Every morning I see her walking past on my way to the streetcar stop and again after work. Around and around she goes. I've never seen her in any of the stores the building houses—the grocery, the post office, the pharmacy, or the coffee shop. Sometimes she stands, staring into space when I pass. She doesn't seem to notice me, or that I notice her—two invisibles.
She wears the same thing most days—an olive-coloured three-tiered skirt, an over-sized brown leather jacket, and weathered cowboy boots. I imagine a nice body under her many layers. Her straight blonde hair is well past her shoulders. And her skin is tanned with freckles, natural, not one of those fake carroty rub-ons."
"Walking Past" is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is under consideration at several publishers.