Friday, August 26, 2016

Story Submission Update

Not a whole lot to tell.  "An Arduous and Beautiful Duty" was declined by Phobos Magazine.  I'll tweak it some and send it back out.

I submitted "Oh, Shoot!" to Morgen Bailey's 100-Word short story competition for August.  Given the prompt for this month, there just was no other story in my heart to tell.  Members of my family, alas, will know what the title refers to.  I miss you, Aunt Frances.  You were an awesome woman, and one hundred words were not nearly enough to tell the world how awesome you were.

Aside from that, I have been working on "The Witch of Braighe."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Food Blog!

This weekend I decided to do something I have wanted to do for a long time.  I have started a food blog called Bus Rides to Flavorville.  The restaurants featured in it can all be accessed by Houston's bus and light rail system.  That is literally the only criterion--that and me having an opinion about the place, one way or the other.

I don't distinguish between chains and family-owned businesses.  I don't care if it's farm-to-table or whatever.  One of the places I plan to mention is the Houston Greek Festival, which isn't even a restaurant, at all.  But it is the best place I know of to find delicious, home-made Greek food.  I love going every year, and it's reachable by bus, so it is on the list.

My only sorrow is that S. W. Tookie's cannot be on the list.  It is the best burger joint I've ever been to, and I grew up loving it.  But it is way down on Highway 146, and Metro doesn't go there.  *cries*

I have only written the introductory post for this blog.  I've been to a restaurant that I plan to review, but I want to take some time to do the review up right before I post it.

Friday, August 12, 2016

July 2016 Morgen Bailey Competition

This evening, I was excited to open my email and learn that I placed second in the July 2016 100-Word Flash Fiction Competition run by British author Morgen Bailey. She runs these every month, and I have been entering mostly consistently since January. This month my submission, "A Lively Imagination" was chosen from among 23 flash fiction stories to be in the top three. You can read it here.

Each month has its own prompt, which can be integral to or superficial to the story. You have from the first day of the month to the last day of the month to submit a 100-word story that is somehow related to the prompt. Prizes include a choice between certain of the online writing courses Ms. Bailey offers, or a story critique.

Try it out; it's fun!