Wytchen Wood – Lori J. Fitzgerald

A decade of shavings covered the floor of Lewys’s carpentry shop. He didn’t bother sweeping any more, although he probably should — wood without magic produces a drab dust that desiccates the throat, shrivels the lungs. He coughed and gulped from his flask, stepping back from his work. Carving the finishing scrollwork on yet another hope chest for the latest bride-to-be in town did nothing to fill his own hollowness. “Wait for me,” she had…

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A question for Lori J. Fitzgerald

Q: What tools do you write with?

A: My workspace is half of our basement, with my giant teacher’s desk where I used to write lesson plans and mark essays, and a long wall lined with bookshelves. I married a fellow English major and of course both our children are bookworms, so as you can imagine, our bookshelf runneth over. Usually our little black dog is either curled up next to me or trying to get on the desk because she needs to know what is more important than playing fetch with her. Once we are settled in, I conjure ideas from the imagination realm with my yew root wand. Then I capture them with a mechanical pencil and a beautiful notebook. Moleskine has the creamiest paper, but I have others with more decorative, inspiring covers too. There is a different magic in writing longhand, so the first draft is always in my own handwriting. I move onto my computer for revisions in Scrivener, which I love and highly recommend because you can easily have more than one document on the screen at once, and finally I export to Word. I am always amazed by the organic growth of a story from idea to the final manuscript, and it’s a wonderful (albeit frightening) feeling to send a story off from my old desk with the hope it will speak to a reader’s soul.


Lori J. Fitzgerald’s story “Wytchen Wood”  was published on Friday, 15 December 2017.
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About Lori J. Fitzgerald

Lori J. Fitzgerald lives in Queens, NY with her husband, two children, and a small black rescued dog. She was a junior high school English teacher for over a decade and was well-known for her dramatic readings of The Princess Bride. Medieval Arthurian literature is her specialty and she loves a good joust. She writes mythic fantasy from her book-filled basement.

www.whiteravenwriting.blogspot.com


Lori J. Fitzgerald’s story “Wytchen Wood”  was published on Friday, 15 December 2017.
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December 2017

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