on Writing – Many times a short flashback tells a tale as exciting as the story in which it appears. I first shared AlmaMia Cienfuegos with a writing group; the readers seemed more interested in AlmaMia’s memories than in the present action… and so was I. But my protagonist’s past was so strange that I figured I should put the reader on solid ground before asking them to fly into the uncanny world of the Cienfuegos family. I’m deciding to trust my instincts and the imagination of readers. So, I’m currently working on fleshing out AlmaMia’s memories.
“dark Mangoes ”–In Ghosts, Girls and a Grandma…, Gina review of “AlmaMia Cienfuegos” and shared two wonderful pieces inspired by the short story. Visit Daydream Believer and delight in Gina’s artistic expressions.
on Reading – I’ve done a lot of reading/listening since last week’s update. That is one of the reasons why I love text-to-speech and audiobooks; packing to move out, driving fourteen hours from Illinois to New York, and unpacking after moving in… well, lots of story devouring time. Yum. I started with Junot Diaz’s This Is How to Lose Her, and here is the rest:
- A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King
- Circus of the Dead by Seth Blackburn
- Death Loves Me Not by Marian Tee
- End: An Apocalyptic Anthologyby S.M. Reine
- In the Dead: Volume 1 by Jesse Petersen
- Shambling with the Stars by Jesse Petersen
- Stiletto Safari by Kate Metz
Off to write… after a few more minutes enjoying my words through Gina’s eyes ;-)
“Dark Mangoes” by Gina Morley