10K Word Challenge


For the past year or so I’ve been having fun participating in a number of flash fiction weekly challenges. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ve seen some of my entries. I enjoy writing flash fiction because it’s good practice for learning how to eliminate wasteful words.

I stepped away from writing for a while last year in part because I wanted to get back to working on some bigger projects. Life, it seems, had different plans for me and I stopped writing altogether. Now that I’ve gotten back in the ring, the flash challenges have been a nice way to acclimate myself back into a steady regiment of writing again, but I really don’t want to get sidetracked with just the tiny stories I post here.

Thus, I have entered into my first real writing challenge: The 10K Word Count Writing Challenge at Chapterbuzz.com. Essentially all I need to do is write a story of at least ten thousand words by the end of March. That averages to about 323 words per day. Should be a piece of cake.

I’m doing this in preparation for this years NaNoWriMo which I’ve decided to enter.

So if you want to follow my work, here is the link for Chapter 1 of a story I call “The Ghoul of Grassville”. I hope you enjoy.



Pardon the Interruption

Writing contests

I’m going to break from my fiction for just a moment to ask a question. I’m currently compiling a list of short story contests for which I’d like to enter and I’d love to know if any of you have participated in any writing competitions and what your experiences were. If you have any contest recommendations I’d love to hear about those as well.

I’ve been participating in Flash Fiction challenges on WordPress for several months and have enjoyed those, but it’s time to take the next step with actual contests that pay prize money and publish stories. Any thoughts or suggestions are most welcome.

Thanks for the feedback!


A New Blog!

Hello and welcome! I’ve decided to create a new blog just for my fiction. My other blog, Dumasaphobic Diatribes has gotten a bit cluttered with all kinds of different entries and I wanted a separate place to post my short stories. For the next week or so I’ll be transitioning the stories from there to here so bear with me. Thanks.