Author Archives: SpiderFarmer

If it sounds like writing

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” That was Elmore Leonard’s overarching rule of writing, but he explained 10 others in a 2001 essay for the New York Times. The author behind “3:10 to Yuma,” “Justified,” “Jackie Brown” and “Get Shorty” died Tuesday at 87. You can read Leonard’s full explanation for the “why […]

Writer’s Throwdown: Two Birds, One Stone

This Writer’s Throwdown Challenge was to take a strange old photograph, and write a story about it. I give you:   Two Birds, One Stone By DeAnne D.     It was raining; the kind of rain that you’d hope would just clean the filth right off the streets. I stopped off at Charlie’s and […]

I wasn’t high! Ok, I probably was, but I wasn’t as high as I thought I was!

So, 20 years ago, I saw this commercial. And for years, I just assumed I had been really, really, REALLY high, and imagined the whole thing. Or that I’d gotten an SNL sketch confused with a commercial…but no; PUNK! was real. With even more Yeah! Girl and Neanderthal Hippie than I remembered…

Writer’s Throwdown: Enchanted

This one didn’t end up being a complete story, instead I think I’ve stumbled into a new universe and this may end up being an entire book. Or, it could go nowhere.  I’m not really sure.  The characters seem to be driving this one. Also, I took liberties with the challenge requirements. Because I’m like […]

Writer’s Throwdown: Run, Rabbit, Run!

So, here are the rules of engagement for the GWJ August Throwdown: Basically, the whole story had to be told in dialogue, with no scene or character direction that wasn’t part of the conversation.  Thus, I give you Run, Rabbit, Run!   Brian: Hey. Paul: Hey. Brian: Whatcha in for? Paul: Kicking a box. Brian: […]