Here are a couple of articles I wrote recently, found elsewhere on the web:
The Value of Critiques on Julie Hedlund's blog. How I've come to learn that getting my writing and art critiqued is one of the most valuable things to do as a writer and artist seeking to improve and take my work to the next level.
Zigby groaned. Two of his hearts sank to where his three stomachs began. Great. First day at Aliens A-1 Academy and he was already odd alien out. Not that he looked so different from the other kids in the lunch room. Other Martians like himself balanced trays, books, and drinks with multiple hands. Venutians slithered to and fro on slimy tentacles. Earthlings slouched together acting sullen and too cool to be seen with the gassy Jovians.
Join me in this contest sponsored by Marcie Colleen of The Write Routine, “Food
Fight: Zesty Onomatopoeia Slinging.” The rules are simple: between March
4-8, comment on this post and any other participants’ posts (links here at The
Write Routine). Your task is to continue the story in the comments. You must include at least one word of
onomatopoeia (words that are sounds, like ZING, POW, SPLAT) and one thrown item
of food. You cannot repeat an onomatopoeia and the story must flow from the previous comments. Be
creative and join the food fight! You can win a prize if you are the most prolific food slinger (in this & other posts), and one author's story will also be awarded a prize.