House of Flawed Flowers — Friday Fictioneers 6/5/19

I haven’t played “Friday Fictioneers” in a long time, but today when I saw the picture I couldn’t help myself. I take no responsibility for the subject matter. It was the jacket hanging on the end of the banister that did it. Honestly — I couldn’t help it.  🙂  And the weirdest thing is thatContinue reading “House of Flawed Flowers — Friday Fictioneers 6/5/19”

A Tiny Tribute to Max Steiner and Margaret Mitchell

Max Steiner’s iconic theme to Gone With The Wind has never lost its appeal. The poignancy and the passion of the music draw those same qualities to the surface in the listener. The music defines, at a level beyond words, the love, the courage, the conflict, and the tragedy of the Civil War and itsContinue reading “A Tiny Tribute to Max Steiner and Margaret Mitchell”

Why I Wrote ‘The Smoky Mountain Novel Series’

  My love affair with the Smoky Mountains began when I was still a very young child. Except for a two-year stint in Fort Wayne, IN, my years between infancy and first grade were spent in Southern Illinois. And all of our family travels took us into the northeastern sections of the country. But whenContinue reading “Why I Wrote ‘The Smoky Mountain Novel Series’”

Weekend Coffee Share – 4/7/19

I’ve missed taking part in the weekend coffee shares, but my schedule just didn’t leave me much time for posting. If we were having coffee on this Sunday evening, I’d tell you that this weekend has been a wild ride. But I did manage to get two important things done. The most important was planningContinue reading “Weekend Coffee Share – 4/7/19”

Audio Short Stories — My Newest Project

Do you enjoy just sitting back and listening to stories? Then you’ll enjoy my newest project: Audio Short Stories. You’ll find the first story on YouTube now. I’ll make it really easy for you and insert it right here, but if you like it, hop over to the YouTube site so you can click theContinue reading “Audio Short Stories — My Newest Project”

New Writing Challenge: Write a Story Using Nothing But Dialogue

Okey-dokey, folks, it’s time for a fresh writing challenge. I’ve been doing this exercise with some of my creative writing students to help them get a better grip on using dialogue creatively and successfully in their stories. It’s a challenge for sure, but it’s lots of fun. So here’s the only rule. Write a shortContinue reading “New Writing Challenge: Write a Story Using Nothing But Dialogue”

Anthropology 101

{I took a little jaunt through my short story archives today and went waaaaaaaay back. When I got to this one, I stopped and read it again. I have to say I still love it as much as I did when I wrote it —- and that’s a lot.  Hope you get a chuckle outContinue reading “Anthropology 101”

From the Christmas Story Archives

Been going through my Christmas story archives and pulled this one out for today.   THE SIDEWALK “Well, what’a ya know,” Ben whispered, 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 treadContinue reading “From the Christmas Story Archives”

Thawing The Ice

The following story is an excerpt from my Christmas anthology: STOCKING FULL OF STORIES.  If you’re interested in more stories, you can find the book on Amazon in paperback or digital.   THAWING THE ICE Misty laced up her skates and glided smoothly across the ice. It had been more than a year since she’dContinue reading “Thawing The Ice”

Once Upon A Time: A Story In Any Language

More than three years ago, I did a post discussing how so many of our stories have characteristics and qualities that are both generic and universal. That fact is so true that we’ve even cultivated phrasing and syntax patterns that fit specific themes and plots.  The whole concept is fascinating to me. (Naturally it wouldContinue reading “Once Upon A Time: A Story In Any Language”

‘Everything’s Jake’ Preview — 2 Chapters

EVERYTHING’S JAKE Inspirational Romance   CHAPTER ONE Mariah Jacoby paced the tiny office, taking the confined distance from wall to wall in four agitated strides as she waited for her boss to join her. She was fairly certain what the outcome of this meeting would be. She’d be looking for another job. She shook herContinue reading “‘Everything’s Jake’ Preview — 2 Chapters”

‘Tell Me A Story’ Writing Challenge 9/19/18

Anybody got a story about this lonely gate to . . . somewhere? . . . anywhere? . . . nowhere? . . . Wherever your imagination takes you. If you’re in the mood for a writing challenge, create a new story from this photo by Terry Valley. Try to keep it around 500-800 words,Continue reading “‘Tell Me A Story’ Writing Challenge 9/19/18”

Weekend Coffee Share 8/18/18

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I need about 3 more cups, along with a huge piece of chocolate cake and a handful of potato chips — you know — for that ‘sweet & salty’ touch. It could be that I’m just hungry because I’m writing this at suppertime. ButContinue reading “Weekend Coffee Share 8/18/18”