Fiction

Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing


Our Fiction Page:

At Two Drops of Ink, we proudly collaborate with other writers. Most bloggers work hard to brand themselves and push their own sites, and that’s fine; however, here at Two Drops of Ink, we have created a unique and powerful epicenter for collaborative writing. Along with our writing team and the blogs we post, we accept submissions of all genres (see our submissions guidelines). This is a huge win-win for our literary blog and for writers that are either well established and are looking to expand their audience, or relatively new writers looking for exposure. We dedicate this page to those writers, and their works, that were good enough to publish on our blog. Congrats to them. Please take a moment to scroll down through the list and enjoy and share their writing.

Scott Biddulph | Editor-in-Chief

Submit your work for publication here: Submissions 


Laurie Oien

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Laurie is a blogger, writer and contributing author to the anthology, Feisty After 45, released by Mills Park Publishing. Laurie resides in Minnesota and enjoys finding creative ways to write about everyday experiences for her blog. She spins stories about life with a humorous twist and a little pinch of dramatics. She’s also been a contributor to Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Midlife Boulevard.  You can find her enjoying the theatre, collaborating with other writers in a writing group, spending time with her husband and two children and will never miss the opportunity to delight in a daily dose of dark chocolate.  Now, that her kids are grown and off to college, she hopes to travel more and write entertaining stories from her adventures.

Laurie’s Blog: www.asquareofchocolate.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/asquareofchocolate/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Charlie’s Shoes’ by Laurie Oien 

2) Fiction: Unusual Ink

This story won our Fiction Writing Challenge 2017

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Mercy Williams

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Bio:

Mercy Williams is currently studying petroleum engineering, but would rather spend her time drawing mandalas and writing short stories. In her quest to find clarity, she continues to interact with great minds with whom she can collaborate to showcase the richness and wealth of Nigeria and Africa as a whole using art and tech.
Follow her on Instagram 

Published on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Short Fiction: Soothing Scents


Brigid P. Gallagher

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Bio:

Brigid P. Gallagher aspired to become a doctor but God had other plans!

In 1986, she embarked on a series of studies to become one of the first natural medicine practitioners in Scotland. She eventually became a tutor for a number of community projects, a women’s prison, and the Open Studies and Summer Schools of Stirling University from 1993 to 1999.

In 1999, she relocated to Donegal, Ireland – the home of her ancestors. Four years later she succumbed to a mystery illness which was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia.

Stopping the World forced Brigid to reassess her life, and creative writing became a significant part of her healing process.

She retrained in organic horticulture and taught this subject in schools until 2016.

Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow was written to inspire others on their self-healing journey.

Brigid blogs at https://watchingthedaisies.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Flash Fiction: Dreams on the Nile


Claudia Ricci, Ph.D

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Bio:

Claudia chose an abstract painting of herself as a photo for her bio. She is an artist as well as a writer.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., taught English, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY for 14 years, and did a year-long teaching sabbatical at Georgetown University in 2009. Formerly a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, she is now a freelancer writing both hard news and feature stories. She turned to fiction writing in 1991 and earned her Ph.D. in English (Teaching, Writing and Criticism) from SUNY Albany in 1996. Her first novel, Dreaming Maples, was published in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her second novel, Seeing Red, appeared in January, 2011. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines nationwide including Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Bayou, Yemassee, Barkeater, The Adirondack Review, The MacGuffin, and Another Chicago Magazine.  Ricci’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Parentsmagazine and The Washington Post. She has been writing for the Huffington Post since 2008 and keeps her own blog at http://www.mystorylives.blogspot.com.

Claudia’s paintings: http://www.claudiariccipaintings.squarespace.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break: ‘Red Bird Alert’ by Claudia Ricci

2) Gabriela’s Moon


Grant Guy

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Bio:

My origins in art derive from theatre. Theatre is a storytelling medium of the human condition. It may be hyper-realism or absurd but it is of stories of the human experience. As my career moved from playwriting to prose and poetry I remain committed to the human experience.

From the front jacket of the collection of short stores The Naked City by Sterling Silliphant – where a crime of violence and an act of infinite tenderness can occur seconds apart . . .

In many respects that is what I am attempting to do with my poems and stories. I am interested in our individual humanity in a harsh and sometimes comical environ.

I believe, if there is a god, god is a prankster. How else do we explain genitalia and Donald Trump?

Grant Guy is a Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer, and playwright. Former artistic director of Adhere + Deny. His writings have been published in Canada, the United States, Wales, India, and England. He has three books published. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC’s Making A Difference Award.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Flash Fiction: The Future Was Moving On


Barbara Sinor, Ph.D

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Bio:

Barbara Sinor, Ph.D. is a retired psychotherapist living in northern California. Finding Destiny is Sinor’s long awaited first fiction novel, release date September 1, 2016. Her other six books are highly endorsed in the non-fiction genres of addiction recovery, childhood abuse/incest, adult children of alcoholics, and other self-help and inspirational topics. Dr. Sinor encourages your comments and can be contacted through her website:  www.Dr.Sinor.com. Sinor’s other writing appears in the quarterly Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing, as well as other magazines, newsletters, and Blogs. She currently facilitates women’s groups, designs and makes jewelry, and is working on the sequel to Finding Destiny.

Amazon list of my books: Barbara’s Books on Amazon

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Dr. Barbara Sinor talks about stepping out of your writing comfort zone: Write About It!

2) Inspirational Self-Help Author Dr. Barbara Sinor Publishes Debut Novel

3) Writer’s Limbo: Caught between the muses 

4) The Image/Memoir writing challenge: ‘Shadow Memories’

5) The Fiction Challenge: ‘My Inspiration’ by Barbara Sinor


Phyllis Wintter

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Bio:

Phyllis Wintter is an emerging writer.  As a graduate of Maharishi University of Management in 2014, she won the Most Outstanding Student Award for her “humorous and, sometimes, gripping” stories. She won first place in 2016 Northeast Georgia Writers Group in the short story non-fiction and poetry categories. She is also a singer/songwriter. She calls herself an “Imagine Agent”.

In her previous life, she worked in Human Services as a Programs Director developing curriculum, as a trainer, and as a grant writer.  She started a non-profit called “The Teachers Re-Center” which won “The Most Innovative Project Award” from Keep Georgia Beautiful. The project provided hands-on experiences to awaken creativity.

“Friend” her on Facebook

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) #2) The Image Prompt Writing Challenge: ‘The Chimney’


Gene McCormick

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Bio:

Gene has had twenty books published, a mix of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. His writing regularly appears in small press publications throughout the United States and Europe. He has a novel, in narrative poetry form, coming out this fall from Middle Island Press: Obsessions. He also paints and has paintings in commercial and private collections nationwide. He has illustrated ten or so books (covers and interiors) and is the illustrator for Misfitmagazine.net.

Gene’s website

Gene’s books

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Gene McCormick 

2) ‘Vignettes of Prose’ by Gene McCormick

3) Vignettes of Prose: West Hollywood Waitress


Bibiana Krall

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Short Bio: Bestselling author of the suspense novel, Escape into the Blue, and proud to be part of her first hive writing experiment with, Gender in Fiction: A collaborative study, author of four published novels, a slew of literary short stories, regular contributor to Millionaire Digest and Read My Mind Magazine, former international travel expert, and luxury insider, Bibiana Krall has lived the adventurous life she writes about in her novels, highlighting strong female protagonists and character-driven stories utilizing social narratives.

Winner of a Pay It Forward Scholarship from Wilkes University CW, Bibiana Krall recently earned an MA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her teaching MFA in Fiction. Learn more about Bibiana’s books, watch cinematic book trailers and enjoy blog posts at WWW.BIBIANAKRALL.COM

YouTube http://bit.ly/2vE0wbG

Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/2hWotDh

Twitter http://bit.ly/1zXgMjY

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Aria’ by Bibiana Krall


Hannelore Dean

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After working with concrete and pastels for years, I’ve started writing contemporary
fiction about folks who tend to screw up at least as much as the rest of us, which is part of their special charm. All of it, actually. They keep stepping into deep holes and then
having to claw their way back out. While they careen from one questionable decision to
the next, the rest of us stand helplessly by, wondering if we should call an ambulance or
the cops or somebody. Sooner or later they reemerge topside, muddied, bloodied, and
changed forever. If only they had listened to me in the first place! But, alas—I am not the
boss of them.
I blog about them, and about my latest writing project (a YA novel) at
http://hanneloredean.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Jingle, Jingle’ by Hannelore Dean


Mary-Lou Rosengren

The Fiction Challenge: 'Thawed Out' by Mary-Lou Rosengren author photo

Shortly before I turned 50 in 2009 I’d just become a Grandmother for the first time, was about 20 lbs overweight (mena-pot?) and was feeling a lot of anxiety – I mean, a LOT!.  It wasn’t so much a fear of getting older.  I actually think there are lots of advantages to aging.  BUT I really, really felt like there were things I hadn’t yet accomplished in my life and if I didn’t soon figure out what they were I’d be 60 years old and still in the same spot feeling anxious and unfulfilled.  It was like I’d lost my spark.  I felt colorless, invisible and irrelevant. I also felt guilty for feeling like that. After all, I had an amazing husband, two wonderful well-adjusted sons, grandchildren, a family business and good friends but I just couldn’t shake that awful ache in the pit of my stomach, that emptiness that made me feel “incomplete” somehow.  Then in 2012 my dearest friend, who I was also lucky enough to have as a sister-in-law for over 29 years, died after a 5 year battle with colon cancer.  She was just 57 years old.  My own mortality suddenly weighed more heavily on me.  The days of assuming I had lots of time to do the things I’d always wanted to do were over (Taken from Mary-Lou’s Blog).

Her sites:

marylourosengrenonline.com

Twitter: @MLouRosengren

Instagram

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Thawed Out’ by Mary-Lou Rosengren


Susannah McQuitty

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Susannah McQuitty is an aspiring author from North Carolina. She is a content writer for a marketing company by day, sleeper by night, and novelist by late afternoon. You can get in touch with her at author.smcq@gmail.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Masque of Spades’ by Susannah McQuitty


Marcee Corn

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Marcee Corn is a teacher and storyteller by profession.

Ms. Corn’s love of words originated when she was a teenager reading the poetry of Shel Silverstein and others. And her love for the spoken and written word has never left her.

When she completed her degree in Elementary Education, she was hired as a first-grade teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. Still being enamored with words, Ms. Corn began telling stories to her students her first year in the classroom. It was a special treat saved for the end of the day when her students were tired and needed a relaxing break.  The students would lie on the carpet around their teacher and listen to her made-up tales. Many times the stories involved dinosaurs or dragons – a very popular subject with six-year-olds. Some years, Ms. Corn would tell ONE very long story that would continue for the entire school year ending on the last day of school. With the popularity of her storytelling, word spread about her tales, and children waited anxiously to see if they would get into Ms. Corn’s class!

One day, Ms. Corn realized that through her storytelling, she could help encourage those shy, struggling and withdrawn children in her class by making them the heroes and heroines in the tale.  Thus began a tradition and passion she pursued for the next 23 years of her career. Even when she taught 6th graders in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, as her career came to a close, she continued with the storytelling. Of course, the subject matter changed from dinosaurs to current topics of interest to twelve year old preteens-each other.

While still in Vestavia Hills, she and her sister, Susan McCulloch, began writing the memoir, Unclaimed Baggage; the story of their mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 2013, Ms. Corn and her husband moved to the mountains of North Carolina. With the inspiration that the mountains provided, Ms. Corn decided to try her hand at writing fiction. In her mind, telling a made-up story seemed to be very similar to writing a made-up story.  She began writing fiction three years ago, writing unpublished short stories. She found she really enjoyed it.

Always Thaddeus, her latest novel, takes place on a fictional island off the coast of Maine.
Ms. Corn had spent many summers on the coast of Maine as a child. She has many fond
memories and remembers vivid details about the coastline and the uniqueness of the area. Recent visits to Maine prompted her to set her thriller, Always Thaddeus on Owl’s Nest, Maine.

When she is not writing, Marcee Corn and her sister, Susan McCulloch, and their husbands are proprietors of The Twisted Twig Antiques & Accents, an eclectic shop in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Ms. Corn recently returned from Chelmsford, England as she completed her successful European launch of her new release, Always Thaddeus. On November 22, she will be in Birmingham Alabama for an author talk and book signing.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge:’Raven’ by Marcee Corn

Received the highest rating (36 stars) in our 2017 fiction writing challenge


Pam Stoklosa

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In the last few years, God put an old passion back in my heart—writing.  I am a degrees Accountant who has worked in the business world for several years.

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with the fourth traumatic brain injury in my lifetime. I was in a serious automobile accident last year which caused the fourth TBI as well as serious neck and back injuries. I was told that I could not work again. 6 months ago, I could not read and understand a paragraph.  Today, after many prayers, and Neuro therapies, I am able to do so. I still have many struggles ahead of me, but know that the Lord God has provided for me and is gently guiding me.

God filled my heart with peace and my old passion to write and took away the fear. Writing helps calm me and exercises my brain. I find such peace in writing about the Lord and His kind and gentle ways. He has healed much in me and has asked that I share His love, peace, joy and hope with others.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Fiction Writing Challenge: ‘The World Beyond the Rocking Chair’ by Pam Stoklosa


Marsha L. Mullen

The Fiction Challenge: 'Jessi’s Sunset' by Marsha L. Mullen

Marsha is a senior at Wichita State University; she is pursuing an English degree with minors in Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Her passion is to write about the good guy always catching the bad guy. Her belief is if she wanted sad, she’d watch the news, therefore, she gives her readers happy endings. Marsha lives with her 17-year-old daughter, Audrey, Audrey’s two kittens, ferret, and dog, along with her own fantastic German Shepherd, Kalani, who she absolutely adores almost as much as her two daughters. Audrey is also a writer (she has a published story, see the link below). They live in the quiet suburbs of Wichita, Kansas. Her 20-year-old daughter, Ashley, who is graduating with her Architectural degree in December, lives in a neighboring town with her boyfriend. Marsha recently started a blog with tips for the everyday driver; she feels her seven years as a commercial driver has shown her what everyone with a license should know. Check it out: www.marshalynnewriter.com. You can also find Marsha on Facebook and Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009331770905  https://twitter.com/MarshaLMullen66

Audrey’s story was entered into a contest when she was 16:

http://shortfictionbreak.com/from-beginning-to-end/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Fiction Challenge: ‘Jessi’s Sunset’ by Marsha L. Mullen


Daginne Aignend

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Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch writer, poetess, and photographic artist Inge Wesdijk.

She likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.

Daginne posted some of her poems on her Facebook page and on her fun project website http://www.daginne.com, she’s also the co-editor of Degenerate Literature, a poetry, flash fiction, and arts E-zine

She has been published in many Poetry Review Magazines, in the bilingual anthology (English/Farsi), ‘Where Are You From?’ and in the Contemporary Poet’s Group anthology ‘Dandelion in a Vase of Roses’. Three poems are translated in Serbian and published in the Literary Review Belgrado.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Flash Fiction: Viva’s Smile


Peeush Trikha

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Bio:

I am Peeush Trikha, an Information Technology professional with over 13 years of experience. Writing is something I have been fond of since I was almost ten years old. I once wrote a story with animal characters (it was written in Hindi) and where those characters were involved in Gun and Tank battles- maybe a big impact of watching action movies of Amitabh Bacchan, Jackie Shroff and Sunny Deol, in those days.
Somehow, I took Science and then Technolgy as my key subjects, and means of livelihood. Yet, the writer in me did not vanish. My interest in reading stories and Novels also helped.
Internet gave me a platform to first try my hand at blogging in 2006, and then writing with Helium in 2008. Working with Helium taught me to work within strict guidelines and helped me write better. Mypage5, Mylot, and Bubblews helped improve my English writing, yet on these sites, my main aim were commercial gains.
Then, Wikinut came in my life, and I attribute a lot of changes and improvements in my writing to this site. It is not a very strict site, yet it has its own rules and a good community which helped to improve my writing in many ways.
Writing on Technology, primarily Software Development and Methodologies, is one of my core strengths. However, I am also passionate about writing on Movies, issues that come out of my heart like Traffic conditions, Economic Issues, as well as Sports- especially cricket.

Looking ahead, I am also keen on challenging and offbeat topics.

Regards,
Peeush Trikha

Follow Peeush on Google Plus

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Foraying into Online Fiction writing: Tips for part-time writers

2) The Fiction Challenge: ‘The Morris Family Killings’ by Peeush Trikha


Agent 54/Timothy Hecht

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Bio:

Agent 54/Timothy Hecht 

Agent 54: Is a regular guy. He has a sense of humor and an active imagination. He works for the Nominal Secrets Apparatus (NSA) under the DORD (Department of Redundancy Department) as a Listener/Reader. His job is to read, view or listen to data collected by the NSA and determine if there is a risk to national security. He reports to his bosses, H. Cuffs and Max (Agent 86). He doesn’t take his job too seriously because he knows he’s spying on regular people most of the time.

His blog: http://agent54nsa.blogspot.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Hump Day Humor: Ancient Alien Ancestors?

2) Hump Day Humor: ‘Easter nEggotiation’

3) Hump Day Humor: Blitzed Wolfer