Friday, June 28, 2013

Short Story Critique

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My latest story on Amazon
Last weekend I had the privilege of having Morgen Bailey read through one of my very short stories, Elenor Margaret Delaney. This was a story I actually wrote for a competition elsewhere, but it was rejected. After reading the story, Morgen took the time to jot down her corrections and thoughts on the piece. You can read it here: Short Story for Critique 015; Elenor Margaret Delaney by Heide Braley. I enjoy hearing from other writers who are more experienced in the craft than myself. They tend to pick up on common errors in grammar, voice and practical problems that I often overlook when I proof my work myself. So again, Thanks Morgen!

Today, I finished a story that I started almost two weeks ago, All In A Day's Drive. It is a romantic short story of about 6500 words centered on a couple together on the road. The story starts innocuously enough as their conversation concerns mostly pet peeves that they just need to take the time to discuss. As the story progresses, we find out they have been friends since they were kids at summer camp and have a special bond together. A car accident does happen and the results are not anything that they expected.

You can get the story on Amazon here, All In A Day's Drive. after it gets published sometime on Friday, June 28th, 2013.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


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One of my popular stories...
Thanks to all the folks out there from across the globe that downloaded my stories. Over 560 downloads in just two days from the US, India, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan! I realize this is nothing compared to some writers' distribution, but I am very grateful.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has a great platform for writers like myself and it has been a successful venture for me. I liked that I didn't have to take the risk of a financial investment with traditional publishers or simply the rejection of my work. As I learn more about the craft, I expect that my audience will increase as the stories improve and my name exposure spreads.

So that's it for today. I am simply saying thanks! :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It's time to get back to work!

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Roses in my garden
I am finally ready to get back to the job of writing short stories again. I can't really say it's work because it's story telling - and that is pretty fun. The work is around the story - all the editing, the publishing, the editing, the marketing, the editing, and finally the re-editing! As you can see the editing is the hardest part for me, but in my opinion it is also almost as important as telling the story.

To kick start things, I am offering all of my stories for free for the next two days, Sunday June 9 and Monday June 10. So grab your copies and enjoy!