Madeleine L’Engle – Writing Quote Wednesday


Writing Quote created by Paul Jenny using Flickr photo by Scott Cresswell

Madeleine L’Engle was one of those authors that made me want to be a writer as a kid. Reading A Wrinkle in TIme opened up a whole new world to me and I devoured it eagerly one summer when daily rain kept us from playing outside.

When I see a copy now in a bookstore I get the warm fuzzies recalling the rainy summer days I spent reading this book. She and her husband, Hugh Franklin, were actors like me and I’ve always aspired to live as rich and full a life in creative work as they did.

I chose this quote this week because it reminded me of what Samuel Butler talks about in his essay How to Make the Best of Life. In the first episode of the Stories are the Wildest Things Podcast, you can hear this essay about how our lives as writers might be more engaging and “real” when we live on in our writing. It’s a fascinating read from the Victorian era by an iconoclastic satirist. I hope you’ll click through and take a listen.

I’m also seeking submissions of short stories in any genre and short essays about writing for the next episode. I talk about all the details on the Stories are the Wildest Things Podcast. Please submit your stories and essays by email to and put Podcast Story and your story’s title in the subject heading.

I’ve received some great stories already and I’m looking forward to reading all of them.

Have a great writing week!


Listen to Madeleine L’Engle talk about writing, A Wrinkle in Time and her process on

You can visit Scot Cresswell’s Flickr photo here. (CC license)

Stories are the Wildest Things Podcast – Now Seeking Story Submissions!


Samuel Butler – self-portrait in oil

As readers of the Stories are the Wildest Things blog, you know that one of the reasons I started this blog is to help you tell your stories in the most powerful, creative and wide-reaching way that you can.

To that end, I’m starting the Stories are the Wildest Things Podcast, hosted on, featuring fiction and non-fiction stories from around the world.

I have a lot of readers from many parts of the world and I want to share as many of your stories as I can. I’ll also discuss writing tips and techniques, do interviews with writers and other creative people, and fill you in on news about what’s happening in the world of writing including: contests, book releases, cool apps, classes and more!

For the next episode I’m looking for short stories in any genre or short essays about writing.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your best writing up to 5000 words (double-spaced with author name, story title and page numbers in header) to

Use the subject heading Podcast Story and your title in your email. (e.g. Podcast Story – The Little Engine That Could)

Please submit only one story or essay at a time (in English only for now) and give me some time to respond.

If I choose your story, I’ll read it on the podcast and offer links to your website or blog and any other info that you’d like to include. If you’d like to be interviewed about a book or project you are working on, we can discuss that as well. Right now, there’s no reading fee and no pay (that could change with sponsors and number of submissions), but the podcast will be professional and something you can be proud of sharing with others. Click HERE to listen to the first episode featuring an essay by Samuel Butler entitled How to Make the Most of Life.

Thank you! I’m really looking forward to reading your submissions. 


Stories are the Wildest Things Podcast – Ep. 001