Victor A. Davis

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection . In 2017, he and his wife thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. He is currently adapting his travel journals into a speculative/historical fiction novel, Wick . ...more

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Victor A. Davis I feel like this means different things to different people. For me, it's when I get off track with a story. I have a great premise (or so I think), a…moreI feel like this means different things to different people. For me, it's when I get off track with a story. I have a great premise (or so I think), and I've written a few pages, but then I get stuck. I can write, but what comes out feels rushed or stilted or contrived, like I'm moving my characters instead of letting them move themselves. I can abandon a story here for weeks or months or years, and think about it constantly. Then it becomes a puzzle, and I grind away at the solution. Sometimes, the simplest idea can unclog the flow and get me typing again. Freewriting helps.(less)
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Gingerbread

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The Last Night on Earth

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Grains of Sand

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The Flying Kite

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20/20 Challenge

Every year I participate in Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. For 2020, I’ll be doing something a bit different. I’ll be reading no new books for the whole year. Instead I’ve collected many of my all-time favorites and committed to re-reads only, because (wait for it) hindsight is 20/20 and I’m interested in exploring the headspace of re-discovery, particularly of books I read and fell in love with a Read more of this blog post »
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