My first fantasy piece was inspired by a prompt from a New Jersey writing colleague, Hank Quense. He put out a call for submissions to the Montclair Write Group: Flash Fiction Anthology 2024 published by Strange Worlds Publishing. Hank has more tech tips for writing and publishing than there are Crayola colors.

The Montclair Write Group was my first “home” writing group in 1999. Three or four of us gathered every Tuesday at the Montclair New Jersey Library on S. Fullerton to talk about our writing and offer support and encouragement. Out of that grew a vibrant group of multi-generation members now boasting over 30 events a month. One of my few regrets at moving to Tucson was the loss of those weekly meetings and the coffee time before or after the meeting. 

Submitting to Hank’s annual publication has been a touchstone to stay connected with my New Jersey writing roots. 

I was crafting a piece about an unusual and somewhat mysterious sight I saw on a neighborhood walk, and “she” came into being. I profess to love memoir, and true relationships stories. But Snowdrop, yes, that’s her name, answered the need to have a magical inhabitant for the small treehouse I discovered on my walk. I also profess to love little Snowdrop and realize she has a life beyond her little red treehouse. 

Snowdrop has found a home in the Montclair Write Group: Flash Fiction Anthology 2024. You can get a copy. She’s in good company with 19 other stories. A fun read – and free! Click:  Montclair Write Group: Flash Fiction Anthology 2024

Have you stepped out of your genre comfort zone? From what to what? Results?

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and her writing life. She retired after 30 years of teaching, and semi-retired from coaching, and professional editing. Founder of the Eastside Writing Room based in Tucson AZ, she’s posted 100s of blogs, and is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. These days she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, teach about the power of words, gather writers together, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys speaking and storytelling at Odyssey Storytelling, Artists Standing Strong Together, Center for Spiritual Living Tucson, and anywhere there’s a mic or a Zoom room.