This week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge. The photo is courtesy of Sandra Crook. My story is below the picture. BELOVED SENTINEL “Does she stand on that cliff every day?” Tobias asked. “Every day,” Raulf replied, looking at the young girl wrapped in her woolen shawl, black hair windswept like a flag. “But five years! Surely she […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – 11/27/15 — Beloved Sentinel"
Excerpt from the Prologue Valentina’s aquamarine eyes popped wide open. She sat bolt upright, her heart beating erratically, as she looked around her at her bedroom, realization dawning on her. She let out a gusty sigh. “Oh! … I knew it was too good to be true!” She sighed once more. She’d been dreaming … […]Read more "A Little Love Can Go a Long Way: Excerpts from ‘Jonah’s Song’"
“But shall we close the borders?” one congressman asked another. “Why bother? It’s a joke to close them without securing them.” Even as they spoke, at the southernmost edge of the country, a knife blade flashed in the moonlight, but the guard was facing the other direction. He hadn’t heard the whisper of five men […]Read more "100-Word Challenge For Grownups – Week 175 – False Security"
I can’t Figure it out: Why WordPress is so dumb. Each change they make just makes things worse. It stinks. We try To let them know. But if they hear us cry, They just ignore our humble pleas. But why? And now It’s much, much worse. Could be I’ll have to move And take my […]Read more "A Cinquain Complaint"
This trio is a collection of pictures I created using graphic art by my friend Terry Valley. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ~~~Read more "WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio"
“Well, what’a ya know,” Ben whispered to himself, grinning, seeing his breath form vapors on the Christmas air. “Who would have thought it would be the brick sidewalk?” He sighed. In one unexpected instant – as his feet had tread the bricks of this dear old sidewalk that had run the length of Main Street […]Read more "The Sidewalk"
DON’T READ THIS BOOK if you don’t want your heartbeat to pick up speed at the sight of someone walking through a door – or if you don’t want to find yourself holding your breath waiting for a kiss – or if you don’t want to find tears rolling down your cheeks when disappointment is […]Read more "Don’t Read This Book If …"
Writing provides a means of misbehaving. Subtle opportunities to break the rules. To do and say some things the trusty conscience hides, Writing offers handy, beneficial tools. Create a story set within the printed world, With characters who get away with awful deeds. Or frame a poem lightly metered, gently rhymed, That tells a ghastly […]Read more "Getting Away With It"
“Where do your stories come from?” people ask. And my normal answer begins with, “Actually there are about as many different sources as there are stories.” And sometimes the answers can get pretty involved. But, with this little story – Everything’s Jake – it’s a ridiculously simple answer: I dreamed this story. Yep, that’s right. […]Read more "A Dream Come True – or – How ‘Everything’s Jake’ Was Born"
It’s just a little love story. But, then again, it’s a whole lot more than a love story. It’s about finding out who you really are and learning to like that person – and discovering that liking who you are opens the door for the best relationships with other people. It’s about family – and […]Read more "‘Everything’s Jake’ Now Available on Amazon: $0.99 Through November"
Well, this past week, I finished up one of my “Blogging Made Easy” classes, and it’s time to introduce my WordPress family to some of the newest members of the clan. I’m not sure they would all tell you that they found learning to blog “easy,” but the difficulties we encountered were not of their […]Read more "The WordPress Family Expands"