This is an interesting topic Rhobin gave us this month.
We are writers, ergo we write. Novels? Yes. I'm working on my eigth novel, but I written a few short stories that have been published. Most are in anthologies.
"The Rich Are Different" was set on a classic yacht in New England (where I live and have sailed) waters. As with much a my writing, I borrowed a few things from real life and made up the rest. A story about beavers was my first published short story. I used some of my family and it rubbed my cousin the wrong way, so I never did that again. Another short story was a young man's middle of the night adventure when he ventured out to buy diapers. Made it to an anthology. I've had many poems published, but I don't write poetry any more. No special reason. A whole series sprang out of trips to the Southwest and its animal life. Here is one:
The Diamond Back
My view is of the low things:
The leaf-cutting ant bearing a spear of green,
The faint imprint of fearful feet,
Red jasper in a dry stream.
The Navajo weaves a harmony of diamond shapes,
But none so striking as my patterned back.
Coiling on my rock I prize my symmetry.
The savage sun of summer drives me
To wary sleep under the mesquite.
The gritty caliche earth against my belly
Is the feel of here.
The sharp aroma of the creosote bush,
The scent of sun on yucca blossoms
Is the smell of here.
I wait for the taste of here:
The timid skittering mouse,
The nervous cottontail,
The old lizard dragging her tail.
Respect is mine.
The shying panicked horse bucks and screams.
I observe the one in leather boots
Hiking carefully with his stick.
The humble horned toad,
The bold scorpion avoids me.
I get respect.
Sleek, I slither down the gulch
In a rush of silence.
Above the hum of bees and insects,
A snaky sound,
The gourd rhythm of my rattles disturbs the air.
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A couple of my short stories, "The Trade Show" and "The PowWow" are waiting for publication. In the future, I plan to write vignettes of memoir. Not a book, just some sharp memories that stick in my mind. If I ever finish my novel.
The writers below will be happy to tell you about their adventures into different
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2qfRhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.