Years ago as I was writing poetry,  I kept having ideas for stories and ignoring them.  I even gave one idea away to a fiction-writer friend, who wrote it (adding her own twists of course) and sold it to Redbook magazine for $1,000.   I was happy for her but felt as though I had given away a dream, so I started paying more attention to my story ideas. 

Dorothea Brande, in a  wonderful old book called On Becoming a Writer, describes a writing method that seems more appropriate for writing fiction than poetry, so I decided to try it with a short story.  After weeks of the kind of preparation she outlines in her book, I sat down and wrote that story in one four-hour session, and it was full of surprises for me.  The biggest surprise was when  I sent the story, “My Old Girl,” to a magazine competition, and it won the $1,000 grand prize! 

Now I write both poetry and fiction.  My stories have appeared in Negative Capability, Cricket and Spider magazines, and in the Honolulu Advertiser.  You can read some of them here:

“Johann’s Song”Johanns_Song.html
“Skyler and Skyman”Skyler_and_Skyman.html
“Yuko’s Catfish”u.html
“John-Boy’s Christmas Zoo”John-Boys_Christmas_Zoo.htmlJohn-Boys_Christmas_Zoo.htmlshapeimage_15_link_0
“My Old Girl”My_Old_Girl.html