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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Thursday, August 4, 2011


When my husband died, I was responsible for three teenagers, and I had a demanding full-time job. Grieving was lonely even though I was surrounded by concerned friends and co-workers. The most comforting suggestion was to treasure the good memories. That helped. I don’t have much to say to those who thought I was ready within weeks to seek new romance. It’s not being part of a couple that matters but who one’s partner is and how long the partnership lasted.

For at least a year I remained in a dazed state. No one was going to pick up my family and work responsibilities so I continued to function in those roles. Having to focus daily outside myself was probably a good thing. Besides family and work not much else seemed to matter except, when I couldn’t sleep, I wrote short stories and two novels. I would never think of publishing the novels but use characters from them and the experience I gained from writing four hundred pages for each novel.

I never attempted to publish the short stories but I printed them out. The font and margins look strange. The pages are numbered and my name and address appears on the first page, but not my email address because editors then wouldn’t open attachments. Somehow the stories were moved from my old home to my new one seven years ago, although I don’t remember making a decision to keep the stories. Recently, I rediscovered those old stories in a pile of papers I planned to throw out. They need revision, much revision, but the characters and plots are unusual so I hope to eventually place them.

At first, when I read them again, I didn’t recognize the person who wrote them but gradually she’s becoming more familiar. I can’t see how the plots or characters link to grief or loss directly. They contain much mayhem and violence, and several offbeat characters. I notice water images and threatening plant life.

Now I enjoy chipping out the main path of each story and it doesn’t matter that, on the surface, it seems far removed from how I felt canstock4792217during the year after my husband died. Best of all, I can revise using a pad of paper and a pen so not having my computer in the hospital doesn’t stop me.

Have you found stories waiting to be finished that you can barely remember writing?


Kara Cerise said...

That's a good question, Pauline. I'm sure that I have many unfinished stories sitting around collecting dust. Might be worth a second look.

I hope that you are doing well!

E. B. Davis said...

Yes, but I leave the past behind. My writing has improved, and even if I rewrote them, I get bored with ideas I already had and discarded. I'm fairly logical, so I usually have good reasons for doing what I do--so if I discarded those stories or ideas--there was a good reason why.

Yes-you are probably going through the worst of it now--but everyone assures me that following this time, there is a huge decrease in pain and lots of gain. Keep your chin up!

Kaye George said...

I wish I had the stories I wrote when I took composition in college. I remember two that I think I might be able to do something with.

It's good you're occupying yourself with pen and paper during recovery, Pauline. Good luck with healing quickly.

morganalyx said...

I have a folder where I've kept a bunch of my old writings. I haven't looked through them again lately, for fear that they're even worse than I remembered them being. But they're there for me, whenever I get up the courage to revisit them.

Nice post, Pauline.