Author Archives: Elaine Burnes

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Writing Prompt: Dependence

Maybe if I were 40 years younger and could, or wanted to, drive a tractor, wield a chainsaw, shoot and grow my own food, crawl to a doctor, or set my own broken bones and stitch my own cut jaw. But that ain’t me. We have one “close” neighbor. Meaning we can see their house […]

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Writing Prompt: Thunder

Thunder “All systems go,” she said into her mic. No one answered. This was a recording, not a conversation. She was on her own.

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Writing Prompt: Yellow Jacket

Because I often write nature essays, my writing partners thought for sure I’d go with the insect for this prompt. But I want to stretch my science fiction muscles. There isn’t much to this—we only have 20 or so minutes to write, then countless minutes getting the Zoom connection up for the meeting portion of […]

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Writing Prompt: Quarantine

Sometimes the prompts hit just a little too close to home. We can ignore them in our 30 minutes of writing, but I usually forget that and flail ahead. Hence… Quarantine The first definition of quarantine, the noun, is “a period of 40 days.” Who knew? Why that? Biblical? Second definition pertains to shipping—isolating in […]

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Writing Prompt: A Fight

Here’s what came of my most recent writing group session… A Fight There’s a meme going around Facebook where you give yourself a point for everything on a list you haven’t done. One is “punch someone.” I suppose I have. You can’t get through toddlerhood without punching someone. The only fight I remember never made […]

Proud to Be an Innovation Anthology Author

New Story Published

On something of a lark, I entered a flash fiction contest sponsored by Queer Sci Fi. I’d never written flash fiction, which I thought of as under a thousand words. This was particularly challenging as it was limited to 300 words. That’s right, 300 words. The premise was Innovation. 1) A new idea, method, or […]

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Writing Prompt: I’m from…

This week’s prompt also said to use the five senses. I strayed from the prompt, as we are allowed, though I agree that using all the senses makes, well, sense. I only had 20 minutes, and, frankly, ran out of steam before that. Here ’tis:   I’m From… Kate stared at the young woman sitting […]

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Writing Prompt: Rebellion

Twice a month, I get together with some other writers. We pull a prompt from an envelope and write for 30 minutes, then read to each other and chat. Now, with Covid, we do this remotely–one has the envelope and emails the prompt to the rest. We write then Zoom the rest of the meeting. […]

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On Completing a Second Draft

Last spring I wrote about finishing my first draft. Yay, me! That was a significant milestone, so I’m told. Pat yourself on the back. You did it! So the second draft might be a bit anticlimactic, but it feels important to me. As I foreshadowed in that piece, I did finish it by fall. But […]

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A Writer, an Editor, and a Reader Walked into a Bar

I started the following essay when I heard about the call to fill the wonderful anthology, Our Happy Hours, edited by S. Renée Bess and Lee Lynch (aka “Story Collectors”). Then I heard Cindy Rizzo was going to write about Boston in the 1970s and knew she’d do a much better job than I could […]

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