Monthly Archives: June 2011

Finding story ideas everywhere


Recently, I had lunch with my writing friend and her son and I was telling him about some of my writing projects. My friend laughed and said that no matter where we go, I always come back with stories.

It is incredibly, irritatingly true.

I collect story ideas like people collect plates, stamps or dolls.

And it has served me very well as a writer. When I was a reporter, I used to make it my unofficial rule that whenever I went out on a story, I came back with two. Now that I am writing full time, my rule still is very much in force.

Why is this so important? Because it keeps my eyes and ears open. It keeps me listening to my surroundings. It makes me interested in everything and open to the possibilities. I have learned to see beyond what is there, to what happened in the past, what could happen in the future. My interest may be excited by a person, or a place, writing on a wall, or even something that a person says.

Once I return home with my ideas, I write them down. Some story ideas I may never get to, but others will make turn into short stories, screenplays or novels. I often find I have so many ideas for stories, I don’t have time to write them all, but bits and pieces find their way into my writing.

Now excuse me, I have to go out on some errands. Of course, I will come back with two story ideas.


Got a ghost story? Send it into anthology


Have a ghost story to tell? The Other Bunch Press is seeking ghost stories for its new anthology, Hauntings From the Snake River Plain.

All submissions must deal with hauntings or ghost stories that take or took place in Idaho. (Writers do not have to be from Idaho)

The book will be released in the fall of 2012.

The Other Bunch Press is lead by three award-winning writers Patricia Santos Marcantonio, Bonnie Dodge and Dixie Thomas Reale, who will contribute to and edit Hauntings from the Snake River Plain.

Following are the submission guidelines

Fiction, nonfiction and essays – up to 3,500 words.  Poetry – up to 40 lines will be accepted.

Submissions must be original, unpublished fiction, nonfiction, essays or poetry relevant to the anthology theme, Idaho ghost stories. Writers may submit more than one story. There is no entry fee.

Use standard manuscript format–double-spaced, 12-point serif font Times, Times New Roman, or Courier New with one-inch margins. Poetry may be single-spaced.

Incorporate submissions into the body of an e-mail or attach entry as PDF. No other attachments will be opened.

Include name, address, e-mail address, phone number and word count.

Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2011. Writers will be notified in late April of 2012 if their story has been accepted.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but writers are asked to notify the book editors if their work is published elsewhere.

Writers whose work is accepted will receive one printed copy of the book.

Submissions and questions should be sent to:

Please write “Hauntings submission” in the e-mail subject line.

Only e-mail entries will be accepted.

Writers who want a critique can send by snail-mail three copies of their work along with a check or money order for $15 to The Other Bunch Press, P. O. Box 5073, Twin Falls, ID  83303. A SASE must be included if they want their work returned. A critique does not guarantee their story will be selected, but it can provide with feedback on mechanics (grammar, usage, punctuation), character and plot development, and resolution, according to the book editors.

The Other Bunch Press previously released Voices from the Snake River Plain. The anthology written by Marcantonio, Dodge and Reale included award-winning stories and essays. The book is available at and

For more information on The Other Bunch go to