Author Archives: Elaine Burnes

orange fungus on stump

Writing Is like a Fungus

Already, I’m letting this blog down. It’s been too long since I’ve written. Well, I’ve been writing, and that’s the good news, just not here. What’s been happening? I’m working on a novel. My second, so you’d think it would be easier, right? Nope. Now I know all my weaknesses and found some new ones. […]

beaver lodge, pond

Back Home

There’s a meme going around social media: what advice would you give your younger self. I’m not sure what it’s intended to do. Make you feel better about where you’ve ended up? Or feel worse? My 20- and 30-something self would be amazed. I never contemplated where my life would take me. I’ve had the […]

Fungus on tree trunk

Today, 9/1/18

You’ve heard about driveway moments—you’re in the car, listening to a really good radio program but have arrived home, so you sit in the driveway to listen to the rest before going inside. My driveway moments happen without a car. Each morning, I like to step out onto my driveway and greet the day. One […]

Trees backlit by sun

Today, 8/28/18

I haven’t had much time to reflect on my new life, here in western Massachusetts. There’s been no lack in appreciation. Even on hot days like today, I love the smell of the summer grass. After a thunderstorm, I love how the air cools down. My mother used to always mention that when I was […]

Boston protesters march

My White Privilege

“White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.” —James Baldwin     […]

Boston Women's March

Laughter Lights the Way

As a way to avoid news about the Orange Oracle of Obfuscation in the White House, I’ve been watching reruns of Ellen. The sitcom, not the talk show. This is a 20-year-old show that makes me laugh out loud every morning. April will be the 20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres’s coming out on the cover […]

A Perfect Life cover

A Perfect Life: My Short Story Collection

  December 2017 update: I’m thrilled to announce I won a Rainbow Award (co-winner with the anthology Haunting Muses, which I have a story in)! I meant to post this a couple of months ago, but got distracted. It’s late for a launch announcement, but in time for the gift-buying season! In September, all my […]

M A G P I E à la modus operandi

Memories by Marguerite Quantaine

Jane Friedman

Helping authors and publishers make smart decisions in the digital age

Zestful Writing

Thoughts on Writing and Life

Irrelevant Cyberspeak

because you don't have anything better to do...

Miz Chef

Cooking Up a Healthy Life

Ruth Perkinson

Author & Spiritual Counselor

Cocktail Hour Productions

Pull up a chair, have a drink, and enjoy.

Nicola Griffith

British-American in Seattle. Novelist.

Writer Unboxed

about the craft and business of fiction

Blackadder Blogs

Jesse Blackadder on writing, books, life.

Kallmaker.com

Where women are the heroes of their own lives and love is the universal story. Author Karin Kallmaker's official site.

Ann McMan

Thoughts on Writing and Life

Missouri Vaun

Writer of lesbian romance

Clifford Mae Henderson

Thoughts on Writing and Life

Sacchi Green: Reaching Out

Thoughts on Writing and Life

The Rainbow Hub

News and media for the LGBTQIA* umbrella

Words of Barrett

The writer wanted a love story...the Muse wanted much more.