Do you have a writing bug?

Clear-winged bug with green body 3

I do, apparently! I was reading my then-newest short story to a couple of friends on my back porch, and this cool little guy landed on my manuscript. I loved seeing the words through his wings!

Clear-winged green bug 1

Although I’m not sure what this is (and if you know for sure, please write in), my husband Nathan (an exterminator), says the wings are the width of a moth’s, but the striations on them make him think it might be a fly. Internet searches trying to match the photo have turned up nothing.

For now, I’ll just call him the writing bug.

Clear-winged green bug 2

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at

Posted on September 22, 2021, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff, The Writing Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Your little writing bug has such delicate, beautiful wings. Look at the intricate lines! I don’t know what it is. Maybe a juvenile dobsonfly? Or some kind of mayfly?

  2. Bruce Shillinglaw

    Looks like one of the Lacewings … though they usually hold their wings more tented . . .


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