Spring has sprung!

Oddly warm days have been sandwiched between more snow and ice storms, teasing us.

A sure sign in my garden that spring is sticking are the fresh, vibrate green shoots of chives popping up in my deck planter. Did I got an trim down a few one inch high shoots just to get that yummy, spring-like taste of chives in a meal. Wellll, yeahhhh! :)

Progress to Date on Writings and Musings

Submissions to Date

Submission goal: 52 Year to Date: 14

I’m on track so far for my goal!

Currently, I’m waiting to hear back on two submissions (3 poems for a contest and one short story).

The is one success that is a work in process. Until that project is signed, sealed and delivered everyone has to wait till then for any update!

My short story On The Ice is making the rounds. Sometimes feedback comes as a form letter and some with it doesn’t fit our needs. Whatever way a rejection comes, I don’t take it personally. For every story that’s well written there are readers and editors who do enjoy the work. One can keep subbing, rewrite things, get some advise from other editors/readers or self-publish.

The important thing for me is to keep writing, keep improving, and keep submitting my work!

Works in progress (WIP)

My novel WIP is tentatively called Sole Survivor. This will be the first novel in the series. A bit of a space adventure with First Contacts (hard/soft SF).

The cover I made is something I threw together to give me a little something to represent the novel. It’s not the final cover. :)

Approximately 75% of the content is written. The outline is complete. I’m finalizing my plot points and whatnots. I already have the first chapter pretty finalized for this phase.

I like reading strong female characters and so I’m working on achieving that. Here’s a blurb to give you a taste of the novel.

Shayne has a stable new life on The Station far away from the memories of The Colony’s destruction. Great work, some good friends and one tiny, hot chef whose keen on feeding Shayne the best gyoza she’s ever eaten. Shayne wants nothing but her life as she chooses. Nothing to do with with the First Contact anniversary tour coming to The Station. Suddenly, Shayne’s PTSD gets unbalanced and starts kicking her hard.

Something is coming for her. Or is this her PTSD?

Why then are all the nightmares involving writhing dark tendrils showing her things she’s never remembered for fifteen years? And things she's never witnessed . . .”

Writing prompts and tricks

April is National Poetry Month

I used to think “I am not a poet”. Until I discovered poetry, like all writing, is not restricted to a hard definition from ancient textbooks. I have a large body of poetry that I will be working on editing and finding homes for . . . one or a few poems at a time. :)

April people can try and write a poem a day.

I just grab a notebook and pencil and take it with me where ever I go. I write all my poems out this way.

Poems can be what you want them to be. Structured verse or freeform or anything in between.

Just focus on something and the emotions around it and your musings of it.

You can write about dragonflies, the ocean, food, pop culture or the stars in distant universes.

Give it a whirl!

A.F. Stewart with AFS Cover Designs graciously created the great image with the covers I provided. (The text is all my fault!)

Check out their lovely work at:

https://www.afscoverdesigns.com/

Family Business

Squib spends a lot of time in the Line-for-Basics. Ill and scrabbling for more resources beyond what they could earn this week, Squib has to find a better way. A lot of ways exist to get ahead living in The Towers. It beats the harder scrabble for a safe place to live outside the protected dome. The high ranking citizens of The Towers have figured it out. Just surviving on the basics for food and meds isn’t enough. Time for Squib to crack the code.

Family Business is a stand alone dystopian short story about the character of Squib from my Recycle Series.

It's an origin story that takes place in the early years of The Towers.

What would you give up to get ahead in a resource scarce society?

Available Wide

Amazon, Apple, Kobo

Indigo, Barnes & Noble and more!


Cover art by Peter J. Foote

A Trio of Creepy Flash Fiction

A fun fast read of three flash fiction pieces. Each tale is between 100 and 250 words. For less than the cost of a cuppa tea!

Cut Throat's Wife

Be wary of what is tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the coves of Nova Scotia. More history has been forgotten than we know. This tale comes from whispers over one such cove.

The Gardener

What does this Gardener grow? I do enjoy to garden. What you add as a soil amendment can be more important than what you plant.

This tale received an Honourable Mention in NYC Midnight's Microfiction Challenge (May 2020).

The Painter

Art is subjective to the eyes of the beholder and those of the painter. Any media can be used to create art. How does a alien create art?

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-Corinne

Corinne Lewandowski - Author

I love to write and share stories. Take a look through my site to see what piques your interest. Science Fiction and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres to explore. Poetry is also an interest of mine. My published works include short stories, poetry, and a radio drama.

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