"Jack Spriggins, Villain" Published by Bewildering Stories

E-magazine Bewildering Stories published my fractured fairy tale "Jack Spriggins, Villain."  This exposé documents what really happened to the Geants of Cornwall and the impact of Brexit on this minority group. 


"Farewell to Olaf" on Funny Pearls

Funny Pearls, an "online journal dedicated to humour by women," published my short, personal humor piece "A Farewell to Olaf." The story describes how I convinced my niece to re-cycle her Halloween pumpkin.   The irony is that my Halloween story is part of their Valentine's Day celebration.


Be sure and check out the Funny Pearls website where you will find fiction, humor, slice of life features from the broad spectrum of women's experiences. Or as Funny Pearls recommends, when you need a bit of sparkling entertainment in your day.

Funny Pearls to Publish "A Farewell to Olaf"

Funny Pearls, an "online journal dedicated to humour by women," has accepted my short, personal humor piece "A Farewell to Olaf" for publications.  Date to be determined.  The story details the Shakespearean arguments I resort to in an attempt to convince my niece to re-cycle her Halloween pumpkin. 

Jack Spriggins, Villian to be published

Jack and the Beanstalk illustration by
Arthur Rackham, 1918,
Source Wikipedia
Bewildering Stories has accepted my fractured fairy tale "Jack Spriggins, Villian" for publication.  Date of publication has yet to be determined.

What happens over the years when society determines that its heroes have to be moral, upstanding, and pure? Commonly told fairy tales switch the roles of hero and villain.  In this  fantasy story, Mrs. Blunderbore finally tells the real history of Jack Spriggins and his persecution of the Geons or Geants, who now have protected minority status in the European Union.

"Blessi's Mysterious Nose Blessi" Appears in Equus September 2018

My Icelandic horse Blessi really is my muse.  So far he has been mentioned in all three of my articles published by Equus magazine in the past year.  This month, "Blessi's mysterious nosebleed" is the EQ Case Report.  

"On the day before a holiday, a gelding's sudden nasal problem worries his owner as a veterinarian searches for the cause..."  

One day Blessi was discovered bleeding from both nostrils or exhibiting bilateral nasal epistaxis in medical terms.  Dr. Weeks, Blessi's vet from Gig Harbor, WA, became a medical Sherlock Holmes as he tried to make a diagnosis.  I learned lots of new words such as exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, guttoral pouch mycosis, aspergillus....We learned from where the bleeding was originating but not the cause.  Luckily, the nose bleed stopped by itself after two days with no other consequences. 

I  noticed that the cross section drawing of the horse's nasal cavity used in the article looks like it was inspired by Blessi--flaxen chestnut, mealy nose, limited forelock that Blessi has in comparison to other Icelandics but luxurious mane, thicker neck, wide jowls, slightly raven (roman) nose which is also not a breed characteristic...hum looks familiar to me.   How many owners have individual, color portraits of their horses' nasal cavities? 

Please check out Equus magazine.  This month's featured articles: 
- Dr. Bennett's article "Working horses of the West" was enthralling--a wonderful combination of history, romance of the West, artwork, and education about conformation. 
- Plus a friend and I were just discussing how best to trailer our horses so "Prevent shipping fever" was very timely.  
- And the article on "Surprising findings about saddle design" was revelatory.  Finding saddles to fit Icelandics is always a challenge so any good info is welcome.   

You really should invest in a subscription.

Character Creation Is Not a Crystal Growing Kit.

Page and Spine Fiction Showcase just published my article "Character Creation Is Not a Crystal Growing Kit."  My essay shares tips from writers on how to improve character development        Here's the first paragraph in my article.

"How does an author create believable characters?  Anne Lamott in Bird By Bird compares character creation to the development of a Polaroid or the growth of an individual’s emotional arch —the personality of the character reveals itself over time to the author.  In some ways this statement is a misleading to new authors.  It implies character development is as easy as one of those crystal growing kits you get as child.  Add water to the appropriate collection of minerals and, voilà, geometric shapes precipitate from the solution with no help from the kit owner.   I suspect many of us beginning writers don’t have the knowledge to mix the required chemicals to grow our own crystals without blowing up the lab and making a mess."

You can read the rest of it at the link below.   


Page and Spine Fiction Showcase is a really great site to read articles about how to improve your writing skills!  You'll learn a lot at this site. 

Impact of Gender in Publishing Success

Source: Wikipedia
Dana Weinberg and Adam Kapelner published their peer-reviewed study "Comparing gender discrimination and inequality in indie and traditional publishing" in April, 2018.  Shockingly, their results show that gender equality between men and women authors in price points of books, percentage of authors published, etc., remains vast in traditional publishing--even bigger than the current pay gap in the general work environment.  Indie publishing still has a built in advantage for male authors over female authors but the playing field is slightly more equitable than in traditional publishing. 

 Using data from 2002 to 2012 from Books in Print, researchers discovered that books by female authors were priced 45% below that of  male authors.  Books by authors with discernibly female names receive somewhat less investment by publishers.  "Relative to their overall representation in the catalog, titles by female authors are overrepresented among the largest publishers, namely the Big Five and other Large Publishers, and also among Audiobook Publishers. They are underrepresented relative to male authors among Academic and University Presses, Institutional Publishers, and other Traditional Publishers."

When examined by genre, the results are even more dramatic.  Comics, humor, history, and business books published are overwhelmingly written by men.  Male authors outnumber women authors by 2:1 in subjects such as antiques and collectables, biographies and autobiographies,  bibles, business, and computers.   Women authors significantly outnumber men in non-fiction areas such as crafts, and cooking.

In fiction, male authors dominate the genres of action and adventure, crime, legal, literary, science fiction.  Women dominate in the genres of romance, christian, erotica, christian, and contemporary women.   In fact, there tend to be significantly more male authors in the remaining genres. 

Of course what we don't know are how many women (or men) are writing under names of a different gender.  Note the researchers eliminated authors with gender neutral names.  Nor do we know what percentage of women submit works of science fiction and what are acceptance rates within each genre.  Nor do we know if there are differing investments by publishing houses in  such areas as editing services, publicity, etc.

Certainly an author may want to consider using a gender neutral name when submitting manuscripts for consideration in certain genres.  I have decided to use my initials when submitting works.  I also have to applaud the editors of on-line publications who ask for blind submissions so that gender or ethnic bias cannot impact the selection process.

You can read the entire article via the link below:

"Jack Spriggins, Villain" Published by Bewildering Stories

E-magazine Bewildering Stories published my fractured fairy tale "Jack Spriggins, Villain."  This exposé documents what really...