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”

‘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”

‘The Decision’ — Short Story by Ted Pavloff

I promised a second story by my dad concerning the WWII years. Unfortunately, lots of other work got in the way of blogging, so I’m behind — well even behinder than usual. But it’s still September, and that means we can still celebrate V-J Day and the end of the war.  So here’s the secondContinue reading “‘The Decision’ — Short Story by Ted Pavloff”

The Day I Forgot To Hate – by guest author Ted Pavloff

Sunday was V-J Day in the United States, celebrating the end of World War II. In honor of that wonderful time of relief from the trauma and sorrow of war, I’m sharing two short stories set in that time period. The stories are by my father, Ted Pavloff, who is now with the Lord. HeContinue reading “The Day I Forgot To Hate – by guest author Ted Pavloff”

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”

From My Short Story Archives – ‘Mitzi’

I haven’t had much time to write new stories this past month, but I have a lot of new followers on this site, so I decided I’d dig back through my archives and give a few of the old stories some fresh air. They will be new for many readers, and, hopefully, enjoyable the secondContinue reading “From My Short Story Archives – ‘Mitzi’”

Wendell’s Angel Needs a Raise

Several years ago, I took part in a 100-word story challenge based on the photo below. The photo had no copyright identification, so I can’t give any either, and I’m sorry about that because it’s a great shot. But over the years, my imagination kept going back to that story and enlarging on it. InContinue reading “Wendell’s Angel Needs a Raise”

During the Lecture

The lecture finally came to an end about 9:20 p.m.  That was almost an hour longer than it should have lasted. I hadn’t realized that there would be so much time in which to carry out my plan, or I would have gone about things much more leisurely. Professor Thomas Crenshaw was known for beingContinue reading “During the Lecture”

Belated Goodbye

  “This was your family’s restaurant?” Erica asked. I nodded, silent, reliving that horrible night: My fiance Haydn’s pushing me into the cellar and commanding me to keep silent, no matter what.” Erica understood. “You never saw him again?” I shook my head. “Two survivors said he’d been captured. But I never could find out.”Continue reading “Belated Goodbye”

Don’t Blink

  “Remember, Ronnie. Don’t blink. If you blink, it’s all over.” Those words pounded through my brain right before I took a seat in front of the webcam, preparing to look into the eyes of the most evil scientific mind on the planet. But I knew I had to cleanse those words from my brain.Continue reading “Don’t Blink”

Leonard Takes Life by the Antlers

  “Nicholas, is something troubling you this evening?” asked Lydia Claus, pausing in her embroidery work. “Hmmmm?” Nick made the sound without shifting his gaze from the flames in the fireplace. “I asked what’s wrong, Dear. You haven’t been your jolly self for almost two days.” Nick sighed, finally looking across at his wife inContinue reading “Leonard Takes Life by the Antlers”

‘Stocking Full Of Stories’ – now in Paperback! Yay!!!

IT’S FINALLY HERE in PAPERBACK! Why not buy yourself an early Christmas present this year? My Christmas anthology, Stocking Full Of Stories, is just what you need to add that extra little sparkle to this year’s celebration.  Stories about love, challenge, hope, faith, and ridiculously funny stuff as well.  There’s 11 stories in all. It’sContinue reading “‘Stocking Full Of Stories’ – now in Paperback! Yay!!!”

How About a Glass of Wine?

  “What the heck are they?” “They look like candle holders to me.” “Hmmm, I don’t see any candles. Hey this one is open down to the bottom … and so is this one. Maybe they’re fancy vases.” “Well, they sure wouldn’t hold many flowers. Wonder why Aunt Enid left them to us.” “Honey, youContinue reading “How About a Glass of Wine?”

The Journey – Friday Fictioneers 9/8/17

  Created by feet of Shoshone buffalo hunters, the trail had eventually become a stage coach road. But today, Hiram Baker plodded it alone – hungry, thirsty, bone-weary. His horse had given out two days ago, and all that kept him going was the love of a blue-eyed woman waiting for him beyond that mountainContinue reading “The Journey – Friday Fictioneers 9/8/17”