Monthly Archives: April 2020

An Odd Little Southern Tale

If you’re as tired as I am of the never-ending chatter about the coronavirus problem, this tale may provide a diversion. It’s a bit longer than most of the short stories I’ve presented here, but it’s an old fave, even … Continue reading

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Where Should A Story Start? (Encore)

A story starts at the beginning, right? <cue uproarious laughter> Well, yeah, it should. The problem is, most neophyte novelists think they have to supply a dump truck load of information about their character and his or her situation before … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Covers

In the beginning, there was a complaint. It went something along the lines of, “Y’know, I’ve never been able to find a novel about a garden club.” Seven months later, I finished writing one.¬†Then came the hard part. What would … Continue reading

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Don’t Force It (Encore)

For the past 30-odd years I’ve had a sweet story percolating in my brain and taking up space on several different hard drives. I’m fairly certain it’s a young adult tale, but…¬† It’s the “fairly” part of the equation that … Continue reading

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