Hello to all of my fellow authors and readers following my journey toward publication, and well, just writing in general. I have a very exciting announcement to make. I'VE CREATED A BRAND SPANKING NEW WEBSITE! AND IT'S LIVE! Check it out at: http://www.rachaelclarkewrites.com That's right, you heard it folks. It's a bittersweet move in a… Continue reading BIG CHANGES ARE HAPPENING! MUST READ!
It's 2020 and a whole new year of possibilities and publications await my furiously typing fingers, and yours too! We just have to keep finishing and polishing our pieces. Then we cast them out into the world, like they're baited hooks on the line. Sooner or later a fish is bound to bite, right? Well,… Continue reading PUBLICATION ALERT!
Hello everyone! A writing friend of mine introduced me to this contest recently. I was immediately drawn to the challenging concept of it. A complete children's story (beginning, middle, end) in only 50 words or less? What? Sounds easy right? But, it was surprisingly hard to fit in a story and keep it fun and… Continue reading #50 Precious Little Words Contest Entry!
Exciting news! As promised in my previous blog post, the anthology of the portion 2 Writers Games (by Writers Workout) is finally out! As the 4th place overall winner, I have three short stories published in this amazing anthology. They are all wildly different in style, and each one stretched me as a writer. I… Continue reading Publication Alert – 72 Hours of Insanity!
CHECK IT OUT! My latest short story titled The Elite was recently published within an amazing horror eZine from Sirens Call Publications. Inspired by a musical prompt, I really stepped out of my normal style of writing to create this dark and twisted horror story. It's never a bad thing to stretch ourselves as writers… Continue reading PUBLICATION ALERT – THE ELITE
I lost my grandather recently. It has been a sad time for my family, but also one of healing and togetherness. We are all mourning that he is no longer with us, and will miss him greatly, but at the same time we feel happy for him... Because he is no longer in any pain,… Continue reading A Poem For My Grandfather
A couple months ago, I joined up to participate and compete in a five week long challenge called the Writers Games, put on by The Writers Workout. What a great and challenging event that turned out to be. Each weekend a new challenge was released, and competitors had three days to brainstorm, write, and edit… Continue reading Writers Games – Overall 4th Place Winner!
As I have been toiling away writing a historical fiction story (set in 1940 Poland) for a competition I entered called the Writers Games... Something excellent rolled into my inbox this morning. I didn't win... But out of over 500 entrants, my short story L.A.M.E. was long listed! This is an achievement in and of… Continue reading Longlist Finalist!
It has been an amazing journey back into writing so far. After years of my writing being put on the backburner, these last several months I have really reignited my passion, and gone for it. But the waiting game is hard, and I have a few rejections in the bag already. As do all of… Continue reading REWIND: A 2nd Place Winning Short Story
I am very proud to share this short story with my friends, family, and the world. Not many people have seen or read my work, as I've kept it to myself for the majority of my life. Not out of shame or any other specific reason, but I suppose I'm just not much of a… Continue reading AWAKENING: MY FIRST PUBLISHED SHORT STORY
So for a while now I have been working on writing a chapter book for youth, targeting ages 6-9. The working title is "The Big Ol' Bike". While I tend to write lots of sci-fi, fantasy, and darker/grittier stories, I have a real soft spot for childrens literature. So I am going ahead and indulging… Continue reading Final Editing – The Big Ol’ Bike
It's been a busy couple of weeks! This last few days especially so... Between appointments and chasing kids, theatre rehearsals (I will be playing the evil Miss Andrews in the local musical production if Mary Poppins), and getting the camper ready for the lake season... I have had to sneak time in to work on… Continue reading Contest Fun Time