Posted in short stories

My Love Affair with Sad Stories

I have always loved tragedies. In school, when my fellow students bellyached about A Separate Peace and Of Mice and Men, I was in my happy place sucking in the human drama and pathos. I come from a culture where joie de vivre is both a catch phrase and a lifestyle, but Anna Karenina, Ethan Frome, and Madame Bovary are my people, too.

Cemetery St. FrancisIn my writing, I am drawn to sadness. Not horror or misery or lack of hope—quite the opposite. No matter the theme or plot, there’s always a thread of hope in what I write, but there’s also a thread of darkness.

Some people write about sunshine. Some people write about Icarus. I’m the latter. What happens when you get too close to the sun? You burn up. I find that fascinating and endlessly explorable.

My most recently published story came from a real visit to a cemetery. In my family, Cemetery angelwhen you say you are going to visit a relative, that person might be in a house or they might be in a grave. The only real difference is whether or not you’ll get served coffee.

Last December, my husband and I visited my grandparents. The church cemetery is old, and while we were there to put fresh flowers in the urn and a Christmas angel on the tomb, we wandered around the old part that is not aging so well. My husband took these photos, and I let my imagination skip and jump around the tombs—and the acorns.

PS_Summer_2019_Cover-200x268Philadelphia Stories is a non-profit organization that highlights the works of artists from the Delaware Valley and works to foster a lively literary community in the Greater Philadelphia Area. I am pleased that my short story “Acorns” appears in the Summer 2019 issue, both in print and online. I hope you will read it. If you suspect it might be sad…you’ve been warned.

 
Posted in year in review

My 2017

PS_Summer_2017_Proof3-1-200x268It was a very good year….

A story published

A Pushcart Prize nomination

An essay about aging 

and my thoughts on midlife crisis in the Washington Post

A submission a day and a novel in a month

Conference fun

Crime Bake
Crime Bake, 2017

Retreat dinners and fellowship

Retreat dinner
Clare House, 2017

Readings

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Hockessin Book Fair, 2017

Activism

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Mindfulness

Mindful tree

And my most beloved sprint friends.

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Sprint club at Pennwriters

 

2017 was also a sad year…

I lost my friend Josh, who was funny and smart and a rascal, and who helped me research all things Delaware. Rainbo 2

I said goodbye to my father and wrote a tribute to him.

What will 2018 bring? We’ll have to see, and I hope we’ll share it together, either in person or virtually.

Happy New Year, my friends! May the next year bring only good things.

Posted in Public readings

August Reading & Workshop

I am happy to be on tap for two dates–a reading and a workshop on character building to start off the month.

AUGUST 4th ART LOOP, 5 – 9 PM at the Delaware Contemporary

1st Friday (Dennis)

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Posted in short stories, short story writing, writiing retreats

What the Audience Knows

cropped-ramonagravitar.jpgIt is always a delight when a story finds a forever home, to borrow a phrase from the pet adoption world. “Voices” appears in the Summer 2017 issue of Philadelphia Stories, and I could not be more pleased to have my work in that fine publication. Continue reading “What the Audience Knows”