Writing What You Know Is Not A Path

It's a gate. It's a place to start, whether you're describing a character or a place or an action. And you know more than you think. Especially if you write science fiction or fantasy. Because then you're free to make up the things you know from whole cloth in a few spots, maybe many. That's... Continue Reading →

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Flash Fiction: Meet The Thunder

This is, uh, a thing. A thing I wrote. A thing that's not really a story, thought there's plenty of story suggested before it and around it and after it. And something, after all, happens in it. So it's story-ish. It felt pretty good to write it. It's got a hefty dose of autobiography in... Continue Reading →

A Year Ago: “It Could Be Anyone”

A little over a year ago I cooked up this little free short (you can read it here, complete and no download needed) in connection with a creative writing class in the MA program I'm finishing up now. The protagonist is Ms. Gaither, an eighty-five year old woman, and she came out of more than... Continue Reading →

Ha, Ha… NO.

So, there's a utopian little article over at Vice with the headline you see above. I'm not commenting on it because it's bad. You should read it. It opens in a new tab or window, so after you're done (it won't take long, it's short) you can come right back here. I'll wait. So, what... Continue Reading →

THE CRAYFISH — Microfiction!

  Here's a little bit of microfiction for you to enjoy. As happens often in fiction, it's based on a real place and a real experience. I'll leave you to decide which parts are fiction and which are not. The Crayfish Copyright 2015 S.A. Barton      The eighteen-wheelers roar by above; the bridge over... Continue Reading →

New Short Story Ebook: TORNADO GIFT

Available on Smashwords -- FREE! No sign-in needed, you can even select "online reader" under "Download:" and read it as a webpage -- just as you're reading this page, with nothing to actually download! You can also find it on Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play Books, Kobo, and others. This is a short tale... Continue Reading →

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