Author Archives: Elaine Burnes

Writing Prompt: Table

I wrote this a few months ago, but it’s stuck in my mind as a favorite. Written in 30 minutes, little editing, pretty much made it up as I went along. Edited to add: Wait, I posted this in June? That’s what I get for one cup of coffee! Hello, 2023! The table sat in […]

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A Free Story: The Gift

This story is from my collection, A Perfect Life and Other Stories. Seems appropriate for this time of year. Morning gleamed like a poem as fat snowflakes spiraled past my window. I like how snow silences the world, a cold compress salving the fevered pace of life. This was the first of the season. If […]

Writing Prompt: Noise

“Clack, clack, clack.” The metallic sound woke her, as it had every night since she was left alone. She lay still, feeling the chug, chug, chug, of her new heart. She’d never noticed the clacking before. Was it new? Was it a sign of some malfunction? Maybe just the new quiet of her house. No […]

Writing Prompt: A Struggle

Back to some writing. A short piece for you. I’ll say more on the other side… Why couldn’t she have a simple problem? Lots of her friends’ parents were divorced. They shuttled between them like that little fake-feathered thing in badminton. Shuttlecock. That was it. Perfect. Back and forth. If it’s Tuesday, this must be […]

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Gut Check

No one needs to read another cancer story, so I’ll give you one that’s about dodging that particular bullet. And how you can too. Absolutely no one wants to read about prepping for a colonoscopy, so I’ll save the graphic details for my notes for the next one, because there will be a next one. […]

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Revision or Work in Progress II

Following up on my “Work in Progress” post, I got back the notes for my next book. The good news is that I did not want to cry. And I don’t have to drastically rethink the story. And I do feel overwhelmed. But I’ve already buckled in for the revision ride. Which promptly came to […]

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Works in Progress

I’ve been MIA on the blogging front. Ironically because I’ve been busy promoting Endurance but also distracted by life as well as crunching out a draft of Book 2, which follows Endurance and is now safely out for critique. With that off my desk, I launched into Book 3, which is incredibly exciting. I love […]

My First Solo Author Reading

Last week I gave my first solo reading. And it was in person. I hadn’t done any public reading since my short story collection came out, but that hardly mattered. There’s a huge difference between being given five to ten minutes with a bunch of other authors and having to fill an entire hour by […]

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Q&A Part 3

More of my updated Q&A with the wonderful Women and Words (sadly “on hiatus”). A lot of the answers are still good, and I’ve updated others. Here’s the rest of me. Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written? I don’t know that there’s another book that I would like […]

Book cover with title Wishbone showing a wishbone lying on painted boards, byline Elaine Burnes

Q&A Part 2

Several years ago, I did a Q&A with the wonderful Women and Words (sadly “on hiatus”). A lot of the answers are still good, and I’ve updated some others. Here’s Elaine! Part 2 Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, do you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night […]

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