Julie C. Eger works full time at home as a massage therapist. She’s rarely around a lot of people at one time. Sometimes she craves the energy of other writers so she looks online for writing groups with whom she can connect. A writer in one group shared the Call for Submission for Anchala Studios’ Flash Fiction anthology. She’d previously written a story from a writing prompt “to write a story about a horse.” Her story, Reining in the Storm, came to her like a bolt of lightning when she remembered a time when her granddaughter was sitting under a horse and she was afraid the girl would get hurt. Her granddaughter’s answer that the horse told her he wouldn’t hurt her was the basis for this story. She’d never submitted a story to an anthology before, but thought, just maybe, the story would be a good fit. It turned out it was!
Her story centers on the pure innocence of children and how easy it is for them to believe anything is possible. We need more of that in our lives.
Julie’s greatest achievement is learning to use tools to help her become a better writer. She writes, “I’m dyslexic and sometimes I want to give up when the words just become too jumbled. I can type much better than I can write longhand, but I love the flow of cursive writing. Most of the time when I get done writing something longhand it looks more like a piece of art than writing. So being able to type gets the story onto the page. Memorizing where the keys were on a keyboard changed everything for me. Learning to transfer my drafts to my Kindle has been a big time saver, as I can edit while I travel – as long as someone else is driving!”
She’s written two full length novels. EENY MEENY CRIMINY CROW and Girl from Grorgamon. EENY was a tribute to a friend. Girl from Grorgamon was a story her grandchildren created and she put it into book form for them. She’s partial to poetry, loves writing drabbles.
Like several contributors, her greatest challenge is finding time to write. Because of her dyslexia, it takes her a long time to get things straight in her head.
“Interruptions are merciless when it comes to how my brain works. My mind flits from idea to idea so fast it’s like a flock of sparrows taking off. I capture as many of those ideas as quickly as I can before something interrupts me. I write on whatever is handy – envelopes, receipts, my hand, I’ve even written on the sole of my shoe to capture an idea and bring it home!”
If she could say one thing that sums up her life, she says it would be this, “Anything is possible for those who believe anything is possible.” And when things seem to be going wrong she’s say, “What good shall come of this?” Then watch for the good things to come. It’s amazing what shows up!
You can find the rest of her story here: bit.ly/READFLASH.
You can connect with Julie at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BK73VZC
Note: Julie uses the pen name of Copper Rose for her darker stories. She uses the pen name A.J. Lawdring for her most uplifting work.
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.