Story Surgery

I re-read a short story recently that I had put away because I didn’t know what to do with it. I’d submitted it a few times with no luck—a sign the story isn’t bad, but it’s not as good as it could be. I had never been satisfied with the ending, so I started there. I … Continue reading Story Surgery

If Mama’s Not Happy: A Sad Story

This is the fifth entry in Jane Ann McLachlan's October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge. At my fifth birthday party Nobody looks happy. That's me in the middle, wearing the corsage of tuberoses. The most striking memory from that time has made its way into my fiction. I must have been five, maybe six, when … Continue reading If Mama’s Not Happy: A Sad Story