What’s Up, Wednesday?

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog-hop created by sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, intended to help writers keep connected. Click on either link for more information and to sign up, if you want to join in.

What I’m reading
An anthology of weird west stories. Most of them are amazingly atmospheric, especially when contrasted to contemporary mysteries. A lot of times, I think authors writing in the here-and-now skimp on setting because they can. It’s a shame.

What I’m writing

Working on a middle grade story about two young ladies and a haunted zoo. Also working on a short story featuring a recurring character– a wisecracking lady dick in 1940s Los Angeles. Was also bunnied over the weekend by the ghost of Jack London. There’s a weird west story in the making, there.

What inspires me right now

Inspires? More like irritates. Why do so many short fiction markets set their upper word limit at 5,000 or even less? I’m a concise writer, but I’m finding that to be a squeeze.

Was very happy to have a cool, rainy weekend, though I’ve heard it’s going to heat up again toward the end of this week. BOO!

Anything else

Astro the Wonder Dog had his thyroid test. Still waiting for the results. On one hand, I’m not looking forward to a lifetime of doggy meds if it’s positive. On the other hand, if this is causing his, shall we say, extreme mellowness, then I’ll be happy to see him acting like a three-year-old pup should.

Heat or not, the leaves are falling, and the bunnies are having the best time crashing through them! Nothing funnier than seeing a rabbit burrow into leaves then race out again, terrified because there’s something in the leaves!

One thought on “What’s up, Wednesday?

  1. Oooh, the 1940’s lady detective is getting another go-round? Yay!
    I know what you mean about word limits. I had to pare a story from 4000 words to 1500 words to sub to a contest. It’s tight, but I worry there’s not enough context. I don’t expect it to win the contest, so when it doesn’t, I’ll enlarge on it again and see where else it might like to go.
    Fingers crossed for Astro’s tests, and for some cooler weather for you. Also some rain!

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