D. Slayton Avery
ShiftnShake— D. Slayton Avery’s display shelf and workbench for literary art.
ShiftnShake is both a display shelf and a workbench for my literary art, a place where my work with words can be seen, in the state that it’s in. Shiftnshake is my shop. Here I play with words and give shape to stories and poems. I keep my shop uncluttered and comfortable, but leave my pieces of work out to be found by readers who might shape them further through their reading. I welcome you to look around, to converse. Come in, and if there is something that catches your reader’s ear, or your writer’s eye, let me know.
In the spring of 2017 I had self-published two books of poems, but wasn’t writing very much. Then I stumbled upon the blogosphere and saw that it is a place to read and write. I opened up shop and have written weekly in response to writing prompts ever since. I became a Rough Writer at Carrot Ranch where I now have a weekly column, the Saddle Up Saloon. I have had some stories and poems published, many of them germinating from those prompts and taking shape on the bench at ShiftnShake. Look around; discover another writer discovering her voice.
I still find writing a difficult thing to sit down and do. I’m too often walking the woods or paddling the ponds of my rural New England, content until a character or story becomes too demanding and insists on being brought to the page. I write again and realize again the eminent satisfaction of sculpting and painting with words.
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