Friday, May 31, 2013

It's A Crime

by Catherine Giordano

Today I learned that the short story I submitted to the Florida Writers Association Anthology #5 It's a Crime was one of the 60 stories accepted.

Three acceptances in one month!  I'm beginning to feel like a real writer.

My story is titled "The End of a Marriage." 

I don't even read much crime fiction and I never tried to write a crime story before.  This story started out as a story about a married couple who wren't getting along and then in a flash I saw how to turn it into a crime story. 

Some of my friends are in this anthology too, and that makes it extra special.  I can't wait to read it.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reaching New Heights

by Catherine Giordano

I am going to have one of my stories published in a national anthology:  Not Your Mother’s Book—On Parenting. The story in titled “Figuring It Out” and it is about how my son learned that there is no Santa Claus. The story is both humorous and heartwarming. The book will be available in September 2013. Look for it where ever fine books are sold.

In addition to my independently published books (self-publishing print-on-demand books in now called “independent publishing”) I have a few other writing credits, all from smaller regional publications.

·         Three of my poems were included in a poetry anthology Love and Other Passions; Poets of Central Florida (2012).

·         I have had two stories published in The Florida Writer, a magazine for members of The Florida Writers Association.  The stories were “I Organize, Therefore I Am” (Volume 5, Number 4, 2011) and “Accidental Kidnapper” (Volume 6 Number 3, 2012). My third story, “Yellow Bird”, will appear in the next issue available in June 2013 (Volume 7, Number 1, 2012).  I’m proud to say that I have submitted stories three times and been accepted all three times.

·         I had poems and essays published in the LIFE at UCF newsletter (2011, 2012)

·         I had a couple of my news print poems published in an online journal, Poetry Breakfast.

·         I had a column and news print poem published in The Winter Park Observer, a local newspaper.

I decided to take up my childhood dream of being a writer in 2011, so I have now been writing for about two years. In addition to poetry, I write essays, short creative non-fiction (taking a true story, but writing it as if it were fiction) and the occasional piece of flash fiction (very short short-stories.)  

I have submitted my work for publication sporadically, but I feel encouraged now to submit on a more consistent basis.

And who knows, maybe I have a great novel in me.

So far I haven’t gotten paid, although I could have obtained royalties from Not Your Mothers Book. The amount of payment would have been very small because the royalty has to be split among 60 authors, so I opted for ten free copies of the book instead.

My next milestone—get paid.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Twisters Wrath

I wrote a poem about tornados last year, but I could have just as well written it yesterday.

Read the poem on my News Print Poetry 2012 blog:  Twisters' Wrath

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Violet

by Catherine Giordano

The Orlando Sentinel publishes “Ask Amy” and advice columnist.  This week “Rita in Burbank California sent a letter with this quote which she attributed to Mark Twain. ‘Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.’

I do public speaking and one of my talks is “All About Apologies … and Forgiveness.” I think that quote should get incorporated into the talk.

It’s such a beautiful statement—it is a wonderful image for a poem.


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