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    Flash Fiction

    Mom’s Pantry

    I’m not even home an hour before I’m leaning inside the pantry door, one hand hooked around the handle, my weight balanced so the hinges don’t whine. I’ve practiced this posture. Perfected it. My body knows how to fall into it without thought—until the hinges creak and I adjust, aware now of where I am and what I’m doing. I’m in the pantry and it hasn’t changed. The aroma of spice mingles with the earthier scent of potatoes wafting up from the bin on the floor. Onions. Cumin. The lingering hint of sesame from the time I dropped a bottle of oil. The shelves sag beneath the weight of food.…

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    Coming Soon: Shelf Life

    Are you ready for more Hearts & Crafts? Shelf Life, the second book in the series, is now available for preorder. We revealed the cover this week and I was beyond excited for everyone to ‘meet’ Grayson Clery – baker, boardgame geek, and best friend ever. Good things come to those who bake. Grayson used to love baking, but the recipe for running his parents’ café changes every day. His dad, overwhelmed by grief, is no help. They can’t even talk about Gray’s mom, let alone the failing business. Of less help is the crush Gray has on Sporty—a trainer from the local gym. Gray barely has time for his friends, let…

  • Writer's Life

    The Land of Lost Chapters

    Recently, while sorting my writing folders, I stumbled across some very old works-in-progress. Cue me spending a morning reading unfinished stories and forgetting to do any work. I found stories I loved and a couple that, frankly, should be burned, digital or not. But in the process, I conceived this blog post about all the half-finished stories nearly every writer has hidden away somewhere. Continue reading this post on Kelly’s blog -> Kelly JensenWriter of love stories. Bibliophile. Gamer. Hiker. Cat herder. Waiting for the aliens. kellyjensenwrites.com/

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    Writing Blocks

    Like most writers, I enjoy talking about my craft. Much of my process is patched together with tips from friends, writers’ blogs, workshops, and books. So, it’s my hope, when I post an article like this, that my tips will help someone else refine their process—or at least give them something new to try. This post is about what I call Writing Blocks. When I first added the topic to my list, I tried to think of a clever way to tie my title into what is often considered a writer’s greatest nemesis, the dreaded block. Perhaps you’ve landed here thinking just that! If so, this post might help, because—for me—the easiest…