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A Not So Simple Case of Stage Fright (Encore)

Here’s something a little different. Possibly even suitable for a younger audience. Let me know what you think. “I’m done for,” Jack told himself. “If I weren’t such a chicken, I’d ride my bike out on the interstate until somebody … Continue reading

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Gettin’ lazy ’round Christmas time….

It’s been a strange holiday season for everyone. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. Okay, call it an excuse. We’re going to spend a wee bit more time with friends and family, either live or via the Internet, but … Continue reading

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Ahem. [tap, tap] Is This Thing On? [breath]

As if the list of things writers must do, other than actually write, wasn’t long enough, now I understand we need to make our work available in audio form. I won’t go into why so many people prefer to hear … Continue reading

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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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A Not So Simple Case of Stage Fright

Here’s something both new and a little different. Possibly even suitable for a younger audience. Let me know what you think. “I’m done for,” Jack told himself. “If I weren’t such a chicken, I’d take my bike out on the … Continue reading

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Taco Logic

Here’s a fable from my short story collection Who Put Scoundrels In Charge? (Available here.) I’d love for this to become required reading for anyone studying economics and/or political science. What do you think? “Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays … Continue reading

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I Love Cautionary Tales

Eventually, I’ll get back to offering writing advice, but for now, I’m going with another short story. This one first appeared in the anthology Between the Darkness and the Fire published in 1998. It has been reprinted a number of … Continue reading

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Camera Angles and Paragraph Tangles

And you thought I was just a novelist. Sigh. It’s funny how certain things can coincide in one’s life and suggest ideas and/or actions unlikely to occur on their own. Such was the case for me recently when I found … Continue reading

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Where Newbies Go Wrong

Here’s the thing: anyone can write a book. The only limitation I can think of is a complete inability to communicate. Stephen Hawking, by the way, produced at least a half-dozen books after losing the ability to speak due to … Continue reading

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From Short Story to Novel–Part Three

In case you tuned in late, this conversation begins HERE. It moved forward last week, and the link for that is HERE. If you haven’t read the first two installments and hope to make sense of what comes next, you’re … Continue reading

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