Top 100 in Launch Pad’s Prose Writing Competition

I’m still working on my debut fiction manuscript, a collection of linked stories set in California. But way back in May, I entered it in Launch Pad’s 6th Annual Prose Writing Competition. I was enticed by these lines in the rules: “Manuscript not completed, no problem. … There’s no need […]

My Copyediting Certificate Arrived

I finished UC San Diego’s copyediting program last month, and my copyediting certificate has arrived! This has been on my wish list to do for over a decade. It’s surreal that I’ve actually done it! I’ve been studying copyediting in UC San Diego’s highly respected program for the past year. […]

Finalist in ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

This is bananas! One of my short stories, “Time to Flagstaff,” was just named one of the 16 finalists in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Writing Competition. Out of nearly 800 entries! The winner and runners-up will be announced April 20th, but I gotta tell you, I already feel like […]

Semifinalist in ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

ScreenCraft just announced the 39 semifinalists in its 2022 Cinematic Short Story Competition, and both of my stories were among the semifinalists! As I mentioned before, this is a special kind of exciting for me. So many great films started out as short fiction. Stand by Me was adapted from […]

Quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

I got some amazing news this morning: two short stories I entered in ScreenCraft’s Cinematic Short Story Competition advanced to the quarterfinalist round. Although I’m not a screenwriter or a filmmaker, I love film. I’m currently in the process of watching all of the Academy Award Best Picture winners in […]

Essay Listed in The Rumpus’s This Week in Essays

I was scrolling the internet today and came across The Rumpus‘s “This Week in Essays” column for December 22nd. I noticed an essay listed by one of the women I most admire, Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason. so I clicked […]