Category Archives: short stories

Books on my Virtual Nightstand

  This week’s topic: What genres do you read? Why? I normally read at least one book a week. Usually, I’m reading in the evening, as it’s my way to relax at the end of the day. But I also … Continue reading

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“May I Offer You a Sherry?”

“If you could be — even briefly — one of your OWN characters… which character would you be? Why? For how long?” That’s easy. The women in my free-style poems are in sad situations, or at least, bittersweet ones. One … Continue reading

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Tod Edit, or Not To Edit – Testimonials

In my travels around the world… of reading, I have encountered the world of short, testimonial anthologies. Most of you are familiar at least with the premise of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books: people submit their personal stories … Continue reading

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Watching the Milestones Fly By

“Looking five years down the road — to the middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are … Continue reading

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Author! Author?

Question of the week: “When did you first think of yourself as an author?” There are many avenues in writing. I can talk about when I first believed that I could write, when others thought that I could write and … Continue reading

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Big Points That I Have Learned in Life

What have I learned so far in life? A great deal I have had many people around me, I have lived in many places, and as my mother would say, I’m no spring chicken. In fact, I seem to now … Continue reading

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Read and Reread

“Do you read your own books? Why or why not?” Yes, I read my own writings. What can I say? I put too much in to them not to keep them in mind. And after I have written something, it often … Continue reading

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