As vice president of my 8th grade class, I thought I could do a better job than our president. At the time, I didn't know about Bulwer-Lytton ("The pen is mightier than the sword") when I wrote an argument for his impeachment and read it at our next homeroom meeting. Long story short: He was voted out, I was elected class president.
That’s when I realized what I'd suspected since age 10, when I began writing stories and snippets--writing (and later editing) would play a key role in my life. That has turned out to be true.
In July 2018, I added a new activity to my list of micro escapes from “real” writing and editing projects: reading short cozy mysteries—the shorter the better. I enjoyed racing to solve the case before the story ended.
Eventually I thought writing this form of flash fiction might be an interesting--and challenging--change of pace. So far, 17 have been published online and in print, a few have been reprinted, and 26 new challenges ended up in my book.