Author Archives: Betsy

Yurt Talk Part 2: Anthology workshop

This is a workshop I was invited to give to the Carroll County chapter of the Maryland Writers Association. Several of the members participated in an anthology I produced in 2012: That One Left Shoe. They are now ready to … Continue reading

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Yurt Talk Part 1: Tips for Writers

This post is an overview of an invited talk I gave to the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association, April 2014, in the Yurt at Piney Run Park. The invitation asked me to describe how I do what … Continue reading

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A-Z exercise: Eat It!

This piece was the result of a challenge to write a short story of 26 sentences, starting with the letters of the alphabet, in order. It was fun. All the muffin needed to taste perfect was a swipe of butter. … Continue reading

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Artist Tools Panel: Balticon 2013

This is the first in a series of outlines/summaries of panel discussions I have participated in at various SFF (Scifi/Fantasy) conventions (cons). While not capturing the entire discussion, they are representative outlines of panel topics in my portfolio (for future … Continue reading

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My First Rifle

for his fifth birthday, Davey got a Cricket rifle, single shot though it was loaded by mistake a single shot is all it takes the present was so gaily wrapped no sign how badly judgement snapped to make and sell … Continue reading

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No Pizza for Me

I’m allergic to the sauce and to Italian cheeses so growing up (and later) we made our own mock pizzas Crescent rolls spread flat were topped off with velveeta I must say they went fine with my limeade “margarita” Work’s … Continue reading

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Five Million Shades of Green

Set the clock to spring and the earth will bring five million shades of green End the winter’s drought when we’ve done without five million shades of green No more the gray-blue shades of darker evergreens that fade: juniper, holly, … Continue reading

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Easter Tradition

Come Easter in my backyard what wonders shall I see? Pink eggs peeking through the grass, are waiting just for me. My empty Easter basket, lined with a neon nest, will soon be decorated with the finds I love the … Continue reading

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My Next Big Thing

This exercise was suggested by April Taylor—her blog is at http://treasonsstratagemsspoils.blogspot.co.uk/ She passed the baton to five of us: Robert DeMers • http://www.robertgdemersbooks.com/blogs.html Alan Petersen • http://fictiveuniverse.com/ Harry “Hammer” Wigder • http://www.actionagainstviolence.com Betsy A. Riley • http://brws.com/wordpress James M. Copeland … Continue reading

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A Day at the Zoo

  Recently we went to the National Zoo, and I had a bit of a moment with the tiger. He had been almost hidden at the top of the hill, so far away from the railing that folks without a … Continue reading

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