Beautiful Various

The short story collection of prizewinners and honorees from the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is now available on Amazon for just $2.99. My friend Christie, otherwise known as L.C. Ricardo, was one of the honorees; her story, The Debt, is beautiful. Recommended.

Also along the writing contest lines: NPR has a contest open for 'three-minute fiction' in which a story is told through the transcript of a voice mail message. Sounds like fun, and I might consider entering if I weren't in so deep with my novels right now. Writer friends, you have till 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 10 to enter.

Not exactly along writing contest lines, but more to do with failures of translation—Nice try, L'Osservatore Romano:

This made me laugh so hard.

Lastly, artist and writer Terri Windling has been posting art-themed quotations on her blog this past week or so. I've enjoyed the lot, but last Thursday's had two that particularly spoke to me. The one begins "Every work of art is one half of a secret handshake..." and the other, "I think every work of art is an act of faith, or we wouldn't bother to do it...." There are others, and there are lovely pictures.


  1. Well, I put the short story collection in my Amazon wish list.

    Continued good luck with the writing/revising/attempting to stay sane while doing all of that! :)

  2. Thank you, Jenna.

    George, I hope you like it. I was able to read the stories before publication; they are of the highest quality, to be sure.


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