Friday Fictioneers 8/20/20 – ‘River of Love’

I had a little extra time this week, so I decided to jump back into Friday Fictioneers. If you’d like to take part and write your own 100-word story based on the picture below, just visit Rochelle’s Blog for the details at this link. The photo is courtesy of Ted Strutz. My story is belowContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers 8/20/20 – ‘River of Love’”

‘Stories That Leave You Thinking’ — on sale

My short story anthology Stories That Leave You Thinking is on sale during the whole month of June. A collection of diverse and slightly unconventional short short stories Have you ever come to the words “The End” when reading and just couldn’t seem to turn off your own imagination? Did your mind keep working onContinue reading “‘Stories That Leave You Thinking’ — on sale”

Focus on Coffee – Day 4

I do apologize for my “Focus on Coffee” series being a little erratic where posts are concerned.  All I can say is that we’re living in erratic times, and my muse seems to be following suit. Anyway, I’m finally in the mood to do the next post in the series, so here goes. Today, I’mContinue reading “Focus on Coffee – Day 4”

It’s the Principle of the Thing

I was just meandering through some of my old, old flash fiction this weekend, and happened across this little story. I decided that during this unique time of absenting ourselves from routine cosmetic care, this little gem might lighten the day for a few people. IT’S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING Albert, the town barber,Continue reading “It’s the Principle of the Thing”

Laughter Is Good Medicine — Day 1

I think it’s past time for a new series from me, and in light of the heaviness weighing on people all over the world right now, I’m feeling led to offer just a touch of humor on a daily basis — for the next 7 days — in the hope it will help us laughContinue reading “Laughter Is Good Medicine — Day 1”

Friday Fictioneers – 2/26/20

I don’t manage to take part in “Friday Fictioneers very often these days, but tonight I decided I just needed to write a story for the prompt. If you’re interested in taking part in writing stories of 100 words or less, hop over to Rochelle’s place and get the rules. My story this week isContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers – 2/26/20”

‘Stories That Leave You Thinking …’

Well, I’ved dithered, and dallied, and delayed for a year. I had all kinds of excuses and reasons — some good, some not so good. But all that’s behind me now, and I FINALLY have the enlarged second edition of my short short story anthology ready for public consumption. 🙂 Yep, it’s out there: STORIESContinue reading “‘Stories That Leave You Thinking …’”

Friday Fictioneers – 6/17/19

Friday Fictioneers this week is based on the picture prompt below by Valerie J. Barrett. My story is below the picture.   SEEDS FOR A NEW BEGINNING The old stove looked as if Granny would be scurrying back into the kitchen any minute. I could almost hear the teakettle hum. The house should have feltContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers – 6/17/19”

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”

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”