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The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Anthology Collaboration – Editing

My collaborators – strangers – probably read my email about edit approval, shook their collective heads, and muttered, There’s one in every group. Hope she’s not going to be a problem. And o...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Anthology Collaboration - Introduction

The email asked if I was interested in collaborating with four other authors on an anthology of short stories. I recognized the sender as an editor/publisher of an e-zine that had supported ...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

People Watching…er, Dog Watching at the Beach

I was sitting in the shade pondering and philosophizing when a golden retriever bounded onto the beach. He stopped and checked from left to right, then examined a piece of driftwood before h...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

The Best Part of Writing Fiction

The best part is making stuff up. To create something out of a figment that flits through your mind so fast that you squint to capture an image. Then take that image – and sometimes it’s jus...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Road Trip of a Writer

It’s all about the journey, my friend said. No kidding. I had no idea I was embarking on a huge adventure when my wild imagination leaped from the keyboard onto the screen. My destination wa...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Remembering where I was on 9/11

Never before had I watched 'live' coverage of 9/11. Last night, I remained glued to the TV. My stomach was knotted with tension and tears fell. It felt as if it were just happening. Fifteen ...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Eccentric Recluse or Effervescent Extrovert

The summer is ending. I know because my granddaughters Sophie and Sadie are back in school.Even though heat and humidity totally kill me, I’m entering the fall season reluctantly. As if I’m ...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Speculative Fiction or Reality?

Blood work and mammograms. When I turned fifty, I committed to regular check-ups. Not to be mistaken with annual check-ups. Patients are now encouraged to wait eighteen months before visitin...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

Is Your Workplace an Inspiration or Distraction

While waiting for hubby, I stood at the tall window and looked out at the shrub garden. I miss using this office, I told Marv. I know I said it was too distracting. I spent more time watchin...
The Write Break with Phyllis Humby · 2M ago

When a Rejection is a Blessing

It was evident in the exchange of emails that the editor was losing patience. I returned the final draft with revisions. The ones I approved. Too many for my liking. I’d authorized changes t...