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As you may have noticed, this blog has been dormant for a long time.  I have started a new blog on Wordpress - please drop by and check it out!





Posted on July 24, 2011 at 11:28am

My first published short story!!!

Hi everyone,

I'm SO excited, I just got an acceptance notice for my first published short story!! It's been about a year since I got my first story-submission rejection, and now I have my first acceptance - I'm very happy with that!

The story is called Red Tide and will appear in the Aroostook Review, which is published in Maine (where my story is set.) As soon as I find out the volume and issue number I will post it here, meanwhile I couldn't help…


Posted on June 21, 2010 at 11:20am

It's been a long time...

Hi all, it's been such a long time since I've posted anything I thought I'd leave a little "update" blog post.


Posted on April 8, 2010 at 8:23am

What I Absolutely Can't Live Without

I've just gotten a copy of Lahiri's more recent short story collection Unaccustomed Earth. I'm really looking forward to reading it. I've also joined a book club at work. We haven't met yet, but we've selected Aravind Adiga's Between the Assassinations, which is also a collection of short stories, as our first book. We're planning to discuss the first three stories in the collection at the end of this month.

In the meantime, my writing has slowed down considerably. I'm frustrated by… Continue

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 9:23am

My first story rejection

I got a note from AGNI in email a few days ago rejecting a story I submitted to them for possible publication. Ironically, since I've come to understand that the vast majority of submissions are rejected, I actually felt good about the fact that they read my piece and responded to me in a reasonable period of time. I know that not all story submissions are going to work for every single publication I submit to, just because I'd like it to be published.

What's "good" about this… Continue

Posted on July 25, 2009 at 10:12am

Bloggidy blog blog

This all started innocently enough.

Ning makes it easy to add applications to each profile page so I thought, why not add an RSS feed so I can have blog posts from other people listed on my page? That way, the other people are doing the writing, and it helps refresh content on my page at the same time. Pretty clever, huh?


Then, I started looking for blogs to list on the RSS feed application, which limits entries to 5. I peruse other people's blogs… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 1:37pm

Interpreter of Maladies and its inspiration

I finished Ms. Lahiri's collection of short stories (Interpreter of Maladies) during the long July 4th holiday weekend and all I can say is Wow. Lahiri's writing is full of really sensual details along with a set of characters that feel very real, very three dimensional, particularly in their emotional lives and connections with one another. The very first story in the book, A Temporary Problem, is so surprising and quite intense while dealing with its charged emotional material very… Continue

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 5:25pm

Latest reading

I finished McCarthy's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter this week. I was disappointed in the book, I think it attempts to be melancholy but I just didn't connect with her characters. The book was first published in 1940 and part of the charm of the book is the time period and how its depicted, but that is also a drawback as well because it dates the book, in my opinion. I also had trouble with her attempt to "take on" the rhetoric of facism, which came across at times as preachy. Regardless, I was… Continue

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 11:30am


My last Gotham Short Story writing class was this past Tuesday, 6/16 and in looking back I see I've made some friends, had an excellent teacher, learned a lot from everyone in the class and, the cherry on the cake, I've gotten some budding stories well underway.

Now that I won't be spurred on by meeting weekly with my class, I've found that I still have momentum and motivation to continue. I need to ensure that motivation is maintained for the weeks and months ahead. In part, I know… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 9:13am

I can't believe it but...

The 10 week writing workshop I've been attending is coming to an end next week. My writing instructor, author Anne E Wood, is passionate about her subject: Short Story Fiction. She brings a level of energy to each class that is both refreshing and inspiring.

At Anne E's prompting, I've written numerous assignments for the class and several short stories. I've also read many pieces of fiction by my aspiring classmates, countless short stories and a healthy number of novels. The… Continue

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 11:17am

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Something About Me and My Book:
This blog is about the books and short stories I enjoy reading and my aspirations as a writer. I'm currently working on numerous short stories and submitting for publication (stay tuned!) I hope you enjoy what you find here and I invite you to participate in the dialogue.

You can also find me on Twitter under @cdeminski or check my Twitter Tracker AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE with my most recent tweets.

If you are also interested in abstract art, please check out my husband's website: Habib is a painter and uses color as his primary mode of expression. Some samples of his work are in a slideshow at the bottom of my page. Enjoy.

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At 9:55am on July 13, 2009, Donald James Parker said…
I hope you enjoy it!!!
At 9:25am on July 13, 2009, Donald James Parker said…
Hi Carol,
I'd be honored if you'd check out my work at My website - click here
You can download my ebooks for free there. If you'd choose to write a review, I'd be totally jazzed.
God bless!!
At 10:27am on June 14, 2009, Carol said…
Thanks Cheryl. Yes, it was a glorious trip and ranks high among places I'd like to have a return visit (along with Sedona, AZ and Asheville, NC among others.)

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