Diedra Black

Art and creativity are the only ways for us to cope with the absurdity of life and death.

Month: January 2016



Photo of a squirrel

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I’ve had an ongoing relationship with the squirrels in my front yard. This relationship even grew to include other squirrels throughout my neighborhood. I see them. They see me. *sees a squirrel outside the window* *knowing stare*

Needless to say I was thrilled when Chuck Wendig posted his first flash fiction challenge of 2016 (1,000 word limit) and I was able to compose a story based on this photo of a happy squirrel eating a pine cone. Enjoy!
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Writer Body: What Are You Eating?

Photo of walrus

This blog caters primarily to readers of speculative fiction, but every now and then I want to share information that is especially valid for other writers. This article is one of those. If you don’t write, you may still find this information useful–especially if your day job requires lots of sitting.

As writers, we spend a huge portion of our waking hours seated firmly on our asses. Because of this, it’s important that we find ways to take care of our bodies. Obviously, our work does little to improve our physical condition (aside from the fact that it may provide monies for food).

“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” –Ernest Hemingway

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