Just saw my story Blink is posted on the Writer’s Digest website, which was chosen as the winning entry for their 85th Annual Writing Competition. Read the Q & A online; it’s the only interview that took place. Adaptations were made for the print copy that are unfamiliar to me.

Thank you to all my blogging friends for your support and for reading. Your comments are amazing and much appreciated!


25 thoughts on “Blink


    I LOVE your story. There is a subtlety to the description of June that is beautiful and often missing in contemporary writing. I guess I mean that whole “showing not telling” thing, discovering essential things rather than being hit over the head by the author, and also finding details that make me think and sometimes send me off in thoughtful tangents. The ending is pure magic with sooo much future implied, or at least hoped (by me : ) Not to sound like a sappy wimp but I nearly cried at – well I won’t repeat June’s line, no spoilers in case anyone reads this comment before reading your story. ( I do wish WD would correct their line formatting in a couple of places, as your writing deserves perfect editing there.) Congratulations, again; really well done, and a well deserved award!

    1. Desert Dweller

      What a beautiful and generous comment! Thank you so much. Yes, “blink” and you might miss the subtlety. 🙂
      I know the line! And I’m so happy to hear it had as much impact on you as it did Koaty. Thanks again. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

  2. Don Royster

    I read your story. Wonderful story. I loved the ending. Like so many good short story writers I like, you take me down a river and you lead me to a sea. All this time I am not sure where you are taking me on this voyage. Then there’s that sea of an ending and I realize this was the only place the river could go. There is nothing like a good short story to get me going as a writer. Slowly I have come to the realization that it is the short story, not the novel, I want to work on.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the interview as well. Like you, I will get a line or a thought and it will carry me away with a story. Soon I plan to post a short story called “Jesus Junction” on kindle. It was inspired by a line I have no idea where it came from: “You been fornicating, Boy?”

    Interesting that you see yourself as a Young Adult writer. This story could stand as a story for any age, including we adults. Again, congratulations. A great piece of writing and well-deserved response.

    1. Desert Dweller

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Don. I love how you describe the short story journey of being led to a sea, via a river. That’s exactly how it feels. I’m happy to hear, too, about your revelation, and I look forward to reading your short story on kindle, especially considering that line! Certainly caught my attention! 😉

      I don’t know if I truly see myself as a YA writer. I’m drawn to young protagonists in a literary sense, like right now I’m almost done with The Girls by Emma Cline, and I’m dragging out every page because I don’t want it to end, and much of it is told in her 14-year-old voice. The transition into adulthood is rich with wonderment and angst, when growing pains are felt inside your marrow, and I love exploring characters trying to navigate those waters. To borrow your metaphor, navigate those waters that hopefully lead to a sea. 🙂

  3. thefeatheredsleep

    SO proud of you!
    Doing Snoopy Happy dance!
    This is just the beginning my friend, just the beginning. You are of that ilk and that blood and that destiny. I believe in you.
    Big smile on my face because YOU rock!

  4. FictionFan

    Wonderful story, DD! I’m glad to see you say in the comments that you don’t necessarily see yourself as a YA writer, because I think this is a story that works just as well for adults. In fact, I think all the best YA works for adults, just as all the best adult stories work for YA audiences. And, if I may say, this is one of the best. Considering the restriction of space, you got so much character development in there, especially of June, and her friendship with Maggie. And a beautiful ending, full of hope. A worthy winner, and it’s whetted my appetite even more now for that novel…

    May I highlight it in the short story slot on my blog?

      1. Desert Dweller

        Ooooo, you’re treating me like a real author. 🙂 Of course! Though I think I stuffed it away on my About Page, which is sorely neglected. I’m very honored to be on your site, which is my Go To place for book reviews and recommendations. Should I email it to you, or can you lift it from my site?

      2. FictionFan

        Thank you – I can lift it. And you are a real author! Now get back to writing that book…

        Are you all set for the big debate? I have a HUGE stock of custard pies ready for throwing…

      3. FictionFan

        Seems to have been a close one. Personally I felt Hillary won by miles, but I think that’s to do with my bias. It beats me how anyone can listen to Trump for more than a minute and think he’s Presidential material…

  5. Becky

    Congratulations!! I am thrilled for you. Well done, and well deserved.

    As someone who spent my formative years riding a rural bus to and from school, introverted and absorbing the dynamics between people, your story deeply resonates with me. The school bus is a very interesting microcosm of society.

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