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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.


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Best Book Dedication Ever

(From P. G. Wodehouse’s 1957 autobiography, Over Seventy)

Short Story: The Grey Heron

The Grey Heron
by Shannon Taylor
The patio, at twelve o’clock on a sunny day in August, was oppressively hot. The shade from the large banyan trees that surrounded the restaurant provided some relief, and occasionally a light breeze from the Pearl River stirred the air. Ned Lewiston sat under a bright blue umbrella studying the menu. [...]

Sign Advice and Revision Avoidance

We live on the south end of Bainbridge, so to reach town or school or the ferry, we take a road that winds its way up and down through thickly wooded hills and along the western edge of Eagle Harbor. Nestled between the road and the harbor is the Green Light Garage. And in their [...]

A Compass and Travel Guide

Madeleine L’Engle had this advice for writers: “I don’t care whether they’re five or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think [...]

U2 Got Rejected and So Will You…So Make the Most of It

Have you seen this rejection letter that’s making its way around social media?

{ UberFacts }
As we all know, U2 persevered and went on to become one of the most successful bands in history.
I read through a bunch of comments about the letter and found it interesting that most people are accusing Alexander Sinclair of not [...]

Timer Strategies for the Creative and the Self-Employed

With four busy kids and a growing list of clients, plus a husband and a few animals thrown into the mix, I’ve been finding it difficult to get any of my own writing done. I tried to channel Henry Miller (“I only write when I feel like it; and I feel like it at 9 [...]

Literary Tea Box: A Gift to Inspire

I love quotations. I love how they take the wisdom of the ages and turn it into bite-size pieces.
So I was happy to see this gift idea from Luke Reynolds in Writer’s Digest magazine. Mr. Reynolds’ wife surprised him with a wooden tea caddy filled with handwritten quotes about writing to inspire his own writing. [...]

Short Fiction: Transitions

Before I write
I empty the dishwasher
I make the bed
I start the wash
I fold some clothes
I make the coffee
I feed the dog
I feed the fish
I feed the kids
I load the dishes
I sweep the floor
I check for messages
I answer a few
I pay a bill
I fill out a form
I lift some weights
I take a shower
I pluck my brows
I [...]

Short Fiction: Claire (A Valentine Story)

Claire woke and lay still for a moment, warm under the heavy comforter. The house was quiet, but she could hear the ticking of the grandfather clock down the hall and the gentle roar of the furnace starting up in the basement. She smelled coffee and thought for a moment that Nick had woken up [...]

Short Fiction

Ashley
The couple had seated themselves at their usual table in the corner of the patio. It was a popular spot thanks to a natural canopy of low-hanging branches, but Madeline and Ted always arrived early to beat the Saturday morning brunch crowd. Ashley brought them water and coffee, black for him and cream and sugar [...]

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