Monday, May 28, 2012

News, Chisme & Chit..Chat - May 28, 2012


…I recently wrote a story that was limited to exactly 100 words (see below) and it was a definite challenge. So I can’t even imagine having to keep my prose to 144 characters! Yet, that’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan did for her story “Black Box.” Egan serialized the entire story over 10 nights via posts on Twitter. Twitter! It remains to be seen if the experiment worked, I’ve heard praise and criticism. Personally, it was hard to follow and I didn’t “get” the plot because it seemed as if I was only getting “pieces” of the picture. If you want to see how it worked, see the tweets by @NYerfiction.
Or if you prefer, like I do, to read the story in its entirety, it’s now posted on the New Yorker’s revamped book blog “Page-Turner”

What do you think of Twitter fiction in general?


…So here’s a little piece of gossip: I’m working on an erotic romance. While my other stories have some spice and heat, this will definitely be lots sexier than what I’ve written before. I have to credit my friend Louisa Bacio for the suggestion that I expand my horizons and create a tale for Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series. It’s a great series centered on the fictional Madame Evangeline and her exclusive online dating service. There are more than 100 titles to choose from and the heat levels range from sensual to smoking hot. By the way, Louisa’s own 1Night Stand title “A Date With Death” will be published soon! Here’s a look at the entire collection:
I have to tell you that I really love my story so far! There’s a sweet romance mixed in with the sensuality so I think it will have a broad appeal. I’m very excited to finish this and I can’t wait to send off to the publisher. I’ll keep you posted!


…Last week I participated in my first official Flash Fiction contest. The theme was “And that changed everything” and our submission had to be exactly 100 words! I want to thank W T Prater for hosting the contest on his blog. Alas, I didn’t win but it was still fun to participate. Here’s my entry (in case you missed it):
Celia threw open the double doors. She frantically scanned the hotel room and for a second feared she was too late. Then he appeared from the balcony.

Already dressed in his black and gray tuxedo, Gabriel almost took her breath away.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

She gathered up her chiffon gown and walked toward him. Just minutes earlier, her stomach had been twisting with doubt. Now Celia knew in her heart she was doing the right thing.

“I’m here to tell you that I love you and that I don’t think you should marry my sister today.”

…I’ve been MIA these past two weeks because of a death in my family. On May 17, I lost my 91-year-old grandfather. He had been sick with various ailments for awhile and we knew his time would likely come this year. I was fortunate to be able to spend the last couple days at his bedside and my children also had the chance to say good-bye just hours before he took his last breath.
My grandfather was a WWII veteran so it is fitting that today on Memorial Day I share with you who he was and what he meant to our family.
 Below is a link to a quick photo slideshow created by one of my aunts:

Thanks for letting me share and I hope you have a great week!


  1. Thanks so much for the mention! Look forward to reading *your* story!