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Hurts like hell to publish my inner-most thoughts and feelings

Any sensible writer or blogger knows the act of writing inner-most thoughts and feelings is analogous to swallowing a tortilla chip with a sore throat—painful!  But it’s the act of publishing our writing that really wratchets up the risk we take as writers. To write well requires an immense leap of faith.  My current publishing… Read More ›

Writing immersive interactive fiction using near field communication (NFC) tags

Originally posted on Today's Author:
Talented fiction writers are skilled at drawing upon their readers’ five senses–sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.  But what if a writer had a way to truly immerse their readers into an environment where one could literally smell the zeppoles from the carnival stand or feel the forceful rush…

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Hook readers simply by writing more descriptive post titles

While participating in online communities for writers I often hear others ask, “How can I gain more readership to my blog or site?” My answer:  Use a more descriptive post title so that a reader is compelled to read on. And no, this doesn’t give you liberty to write click-bait titles like, You won’t believe… Read More ›

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Managing the list of unfinished stories

For months my brain felt distracted by the list of unfinished stories that are spread across the ‘My Documents’ folder of my laptop.  I couldn’t take it anymore.  This morning I better organized my writing into two folders: Completed Work-In-Progress (WIP) I have fourteen unfinished stories in my writing portfolio.  That count excludes a half-dozen, one-sentence descriptions I… Read More ›

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Flash Fiction: Port of Call

I wrote this piece of Flash Fiction in 2011 from a 12-Aug-2011 prompt, however the original source was forgotten. Include each of these items in your story. Priest, ring, magnifying glass, cat. “Lock the door,” said Alvin, “and have a seat over there on the couch.”  The boy said nothing but complied with the request.  “On second… Read More ›

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Is SEO to blame for the recent trend of poor article substance?

I must have missed the memo informing writers that the tried and true adage, Write what you know was replaced in the last decade by Write to achieve SEO criteria. As a result, readers interested in learning more about a topic unknowingly consume watered-down content that lacks nuance, entertainment factor, and author’s voice in exchange… Read More ›

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Flash Fiction: Skippy & Mrs. Kribshaw

I wrote this piece of Flash Fiction in 2012 from the 25-Dec-2012 Write Now Prompt posted at Today’s Author. There was a knock at the door and suddenly the Christmas lights went out… There was a knock at the door and suddenly the Christmas lights went out.

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Flash Fiction: Rose Brand Curtains

Back in November 2010 a friend e-mailed me the message below.  The note struck me as being funny; it seemed random and perhaps intended for another recipient. Here’s the original e-mail and the quick response I cranked out to him. I made a couple edits to protect the innocent and make the posting blog-friendly. —–Original Message—–… Read More ›

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Flash Fiction: The Smuggler

“Good evening, Mr. Stock.  Please step over here so we may have a look in that backpack, please,” bellowed the school’s vice principal, Mr. Stuckley.  “Planning to do homework at the homecoming dance, are we?” I turned my head to see who Mr. Stuckley was speaking to.  So did the two volunteer mothers manning the… Read More ›

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New illustrated book touches on family blending, love, and loss of loved ones

  A new illustrated book was released this week on Amazon.com by an author-friend of mine, J.A. Zaremski, with illustrations by Lauren Scott.  The book is titled, How Brady & Deucey Became Buster & Lucy To Get Princess Autumn Home.

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