About DianaShallard


Yes, Diana Shallard is a pen name. I like to keep my privacy in many cases, but obviously sharing writing is an exception to that. A lady doesn't share her age, but suffice it to say I'm a member of the "Gen X" crowd. I dabbled in fiction and poetry in my youth and have recently come back to the calling. It had been too long. It's nice to find similar-minded people on this site.
My goal is and always has been to write - and publish - Young Adult fiction that can cross over to mother-daughter book clubs, but who knows where this journey will take me...

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18 Jun 2021 17:28
Good music, good movies, good books. Not always in that order.
Also I'm a huge follower of current events, including news and politics.
I love to travel, even when the getaway is just a small step out of my comfort zone.
Favorite Books:
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee. The Help - Kathryn Stockett. Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum. Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume. The Constant Princess - Phillipa Gregory. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert. The Pearl - John Steinbeck. The House of Stairs - William Sleator. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton. Loving Frank - Nancy Horan. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho.
Favorite Authors:
Favorite Movies:
"The Shawshank Redemption"
"The Sound of Music"
"When Harry Met Sally"
"Gone Baby Gone"
Favourite TV Shows:
Favorite Music:


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Topic: I'm a best-selling author! Well, kinda...
Posted: 16 Jan 2014 11:38

Congrats, Maggie! That's awesome. Sorry I never wrote back to you to say I read this story and it's a good one. Well done! :-)

And yes, the fact that it's "selling" on free books is still good. It'll pay off (pun intended) in the future, I'm sure. :-)

Topic: Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo 2013?
Posted: 02 Dec 2013 21:59

Whew! I did it! I got my novel done - well the shitty draft at least. I just barely eeked out the 50,000 words by Nov. 30th, but it's there. I'll have to delete many scenes and add a few, but I'm actually pleased with where it went.

So, now I have TWO very rough drafts to revise and edit. I am mostly in the dark on how to do that (keep the treasures and kill the trash - and not vice versa), but I'll give it a whirl.

If anyone wants to try the NaNo stuff in the future (camps, etc.), I'd encourage it. Writing daily and diligently worked best for me. (I tend to be deadline driven.) And it helped that I am now eligible for a 50% discount on Scrivener. So I consider that added payment of sorts. ;-)

Topic: Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo 2013?
Posted: 13 Nov 2013 18:17

It took me a full year to write the 69,000 words of my first novel.

I figure I'll let it marinate while I work on the next novel. And for that, I'm trying to meet the 50,000 words in one month during NaNoWriMo . I've never tried this before, and I'm already behind on my wordcount, but I've realized I'm a deadline-driven kind of gal, and so it can't hurt to try.

LMK if you're attempting this feat as well. We can offer encouragement perhaps.

And if anyone has participated in previous NaNoWriMo, kudos to you! Any tips or words of advice are welcome.


Topic: To post a story or not to post... that is a good question!
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 20:54

Wow, Robert - I never thought of it that way, but yes, if the work changes thanks to edits and feedback, it would be deemed an "unpublished work."

I definitely plan to hire an editor for my novel by the way. I'll be looking for contenders for that job very soon I hope.

Thanks for your insight!

Topic: 20% of genre books sold in 2013 were self-published. Here's a rant to discuss why.
Posted: 19 Jun 2013 21:23

It's a long discussion, but I found it very interesting. One point in particular caught my eye: at one point this author had her book being considered by THREE publishers simultaneously, then after months of flirtation, they all abandoned the idea! Ouch! That's worse than the dating scene. (Happy ending: she self published and made good money and now thinks it's more than she'd have made had she gone the traditional route.)

That said, I don't know this author or her books, and it's likely to stay that way. But if she and her readers are happy...

The Publishing Industry Forgot The Only Thing Worth Remembering

Topic: Do you write the story, or does the story guide you?
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 20:30

I recently wrestled with this very question since my Novel in Progress seemed to be stuck. When the story in outline form seems stiff or contrived, I find it best to go back to just writing the damn thing (sans intent), and amazing enough, the characters begin to tell their own stories! I seriously can't explain how that happens, but I'm so glad it does.

Topic: To post a story or not to post... that is a good question!
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 20:15

Hello all,

I know I've been out of the loop and off the grid for some time (well, with occasional visits), but I hope to visit and interact more often.

I am happy to say that I've been working on my novel in progress, and I've even written a few poems and stories too. The question that I've pondered though (that you might have pondered too perhaps) is this:

How do you decide which stories/poems you will post onto Stories Space?

The reason I ask is that there are quite a few competitions and literary submission sites that require a submission of an "unpublished" work. As much as I love Stories Space and the interaction it offers, I realize that I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I just took all of my favorite stories and poems and put them up on this site for review. Suddenly they are deemed "published" and thus ineligible for prize/payment/publication. (Perhaps the Critique's Corner counts as a "writing group" and thus allows for submission elsewhere?)

Has anyone else wrestled with this quandry? Or am I perhaps being naive and/or greedy to assume my work should be earning me something. Maybe instead I should just be happy to share it...

Topic: Flash Fiction Contest - 50 word story re: Memorial Day from NPR Three-Minute Fiction FB Fan Page
Posted: 22 May 2013 15:05

This info is taken directly from the Facebook Fan Page of NPR's Three-Minute Fiction Contest:

Three-Minute Fiction fans... how about a mini-challenge this week? Write a story in 50 words or less in a comment on this post. The story must involve MEMORIAL DAY in some way. The winner is the story that receives the most "likes" by 11:59pm ET on Monday, May 27th. You are allowed to "like" as many stories as you want. The winner will be announced next Tuesday (5/28) and will receive a special prize! Have fun!

Topic: Grammar Tips, Word Help, etc.
Posted: 11 Mar 2013 11:14

I found it odd that there wasn't already a thread for links and articles regarding grammar, punctuation, and word usage. Maybe I missed it in the archives... If not, feel free to add to this one.

The one I learned about today (better late than never) is a Visual Thesaurus, appropriately found at www.VisualThesaurus.com .

It offers word mapping among other ingenious devices to help writers find the right word.

Topic: Mom's poetry...GMA 1908 - 1984
Posted: 27 Feb 2013 21:20

It's funny/sad how often we come upon dateless photos and wonder about the people pictured. Especially if there is no caption or oral history. But a picture is just a brief glimpse of outer appearances. What you hold is a unique glimpse of your mom's inner thoughts and feelings. It's wonderful you appreciate it so much, and many of us here on this site do as well. Thanks for sharing.

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Beer Goggles

Yes, it sucks to sleep alone. Wouldn't we all like a warm body beside us? To cuddle, to kiss the affection we miss Could I give it to you tonight? Oh, how I want to and if drunk I just might. But during this episode of sobriety I'll pass. Next time you ask (if you ask) I promise to reconsider. Just be sure it's not the beer talking....

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In Memory of...

It’s all so temporary. As days disappear on silent wings The patterns of cause and effect are rarely seen during the cyclical phases of life. Leaves fall and are swept away. The wind howls loudly on dusky days. And when the sun shines again -- as it did when we met -- you’ll no longer be here. Each second flutters aimlessly. But too quickly to catch. (I’d hold your hand if...

Added 25 Oct 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.2 | Views 1,494 | 5 Comments


It's an endless circle. A cycle that has a futile end right from the beginning. To act otherwise than who you are makes the reaction the same then both parties leave wondering where the truth lies but it doesn't....

Added 25 Jan 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.6 | Views 1,279 | 3 Comments

Editor's Pick Confession

Nobody said it would be easy. She just didn’t expect it’d be this hard. The clock ticks the hours, the minutes, the seconds, and with each passing minute of daylight, she sighs deeply and braces for the screams. Her husband’s arrival carries with it simultaneous relief and anguish for she knows he, too, fears the minutes, the hours, the untold time that will pass tonight, and the...

Added 04 Jan 2013 | Category Drama | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.55 | Views 2,523 | 12 Comments

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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
01 Jan 2014 00:30
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