Author: Hawthorn Fire

  • Short Story Week

    It’s Short Story Week for our Local NaNoWriMo group, and I’m working on a piece that I hope to submit for publication. It’s part of a larger universe that I’m also working on. I have a fun character and a rudimentary plot, but I think it’s not as exciting as it should be. I guess […]

  • Iron Writer 2015 Spring Equinox Open – She Couldn’t Find How To Push Through

    I did not win my bracket for the Iron Writer Challenge and won’t be advancing forward in the competition. But I did win the popular vote in my bracket. I just didn’t wow the judges. Below is my entry for the The Iron Writer Challenge 2015 Spring Equinox Open — The Kurt Vonnegut Bracket. Entitled […]

  • Iron Writer Challenge 102 – Carried Away by a Moonlight Shadow

    I won the Iron Writer Challenge 102 with the piece of flash fiction below. Thank you everyone for voting for me and giving me feedback and encouragement. The Elements An event that changes a character’s personality. A measuring tape Tetherball Haggis Carried Away by a Moonlight Shadow His soul had been trapped in the jeweled […]

  • My approach to the Iron Writer Challenge

    This week I’m participating in The Iron Writer challenge, (I’m in challenge 102) a writing competition where you write a 500 word story using four elements that are provided to you – examples: An empty ATM A talking tree Toilet bowl cleaner A meteor or: A Zombie Apocalypse A 1936 Chevy Corvette A Coyote A […]

  • Amazing Poetry – Dominique Christina – “The Period Poem”

    So beautiful I watched it twice.

  • It’s a Plot

    Larry Brooks at Storyfix has a good explanation of plot, and why stories need one [Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You] Plot is the creation of character and dramatic dynamics that lead to, point toward, that call for, that require… resolution. A story in any genre (other than literary) […]

  • Interesting read: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors

    Flavorwire: Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors I have a stash of these types of images in my writing reference folder, but Flavorwire links to some I haven’t seen yet. Diving down into the individual [via] links to the original articles on each chart is a must – Without it I wouldn’t have landed […]

  • Charles Dickens and Character Names in Bleak House

    Bleak House is a giant tome (it clocks in at 360,947 words!) and is regarded as one of Charles Dicken’s finest works. One of the things that I’ve always loved about Charles Dickens’ books which struck me again while watching the 2005 BBC series of Bleak House was how evocative Dickens’ characters & places names […]

  • David Foster Wallace: This is Water

    A condensed version of the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005, set to video. You can read the whole of the commencement address here at the Economist’s Intelligent Life. And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of […]

  • List of linguistic example sentences

    Via wikipedia – List of linguistic example sentences From the “grammar is fun” section of wikipedia, the page includes sentences that explain: Lexical ambiguity: Will Will will Will’s will to Will? (Will Will [a person] will [bequeath] Will’s [second person] will [a document] to Will [a third person]? Alternatively, “Will Will will Will’s will?” Also, […]

  • The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes

    From Mother Jones: The Amazing, Possibly True Adventures of Catman Keeley and His Corporate Hoboes. A long article about a rich adventurer dude name Bo Keeley who leads corporate honchos on adventure travel like a goddamned hobo. This is what rich white guys do when they have too much money and free time – pretend […]

  • Flash Fiction: Blue Moon MacGuffin

    A practice piece so I have some experience writing 525 words before I have to produce one for the Iron Writer’s Challenge. I’m not gonna to admit to Maddie that the hotdog was a mistake. It was; it went right through me and I’m barely hangin’ on. But as soon as I head for the […]

  • Short fiction: Lincoln Dunwoody

    Lincoln Dunwoody is a piece of short fiction I wrote in August of 2014 as an exercise for the class Scenes from a Book taught by Candace Denning at the Indiana Writer’s Center. Lincoln Dunwoody is the guy who opens my cans for me. He likes to tell people he’s my owner, but that’s a […]

  • Parataxis

    Parataxis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Parataxis is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions. Examples Perhaps the best-known use of parataxis is Julius Caesar’s famous quote, “Veni, vidi, vici” or, “I came, I saw, I conquered”. An extreme example is […]

  • Iron Writer Challenge: Accepted

    I signed up for the Iron Writer Challenge, and will be competing on February 12th. How it works – 5 authors each write a 500 word flash fiction story in a 4 day span of time including 4 required elements (example: 1968 Elvis Presley Comeback Special, Someone mowing/cutting grass, A note left on a car, […]

  • Fiction Writer’s Cheat Sheet

    Cribbed from the internet – It appears to be the creation of author Emily Breder.

  • Quotes: no one loves chili dogs that much

    Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl: Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs […]

  • Quotes: Distant Fog

    Lemony Snicket: I will love you as a thief loves a gallery and as a crow loves a murder, as a cloud loves bats and as a range loves braes. I will love you as misfortune loves orphans, as fire loves innocence and as justice loves to sit and watch while everything goes wrong. I […]

  • NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner

    This is my fourth consecutive win. It sort of feels a little less-satisfying that the others. For one thing, I’m writing something that’s intensely personal, so I kind of felt pretty drained by it. Also, there was a lot of research involved because it’s historical fiction, so even when I wasn’t writing, the topic was […]

  • Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950

    From Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950. Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series, picks the 10 best essays of the postwar period. Links to the essays are provided when available. Fortunately, when I worked with Joyce Carol Oates on The Best American Essays of the Century (that’s the last […]