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New Year's Letter

I recently received an annual New Year's letter from a good friend, and it got me thinking about what people would write if they didn't have such a good year, especially since our friends seem so positive about everything. Perhaps it would go something like this:

Dear Family & Friends:

Well, we can hardly believe 2014 is behind us - what a fabulous, busy year. First, you should know that Cindy got out of the hospital much earlier than anticipated. The doctor said he'd never…


Added by Preston Randall on January 31, 2015 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

A Difficult Christmas for Many

For those with a parent or significant other with Alzheimer's, the holiday season can be an especially difficult time. With family traditions come all the reminders of loss, and as much as one wants to include the person afflicted it can't be done once they reach a certain stage in the disease's progression. If you're in the midst of coping with this, either as a caregiver, spouse, son, daughter, or other relation, I'd like to offer my deepest thanks for the help you give and my sympathies…


Added by Preston Randall on December 22, 2014 at 20:25 — No Comments

Lucifer's Propeller

My day off: 

Lynda leaves to go shopping. Turn on dining room light, ceiling fan goes on high. Fiddle with remote, fan refuses to turn off. Change battery. Switch breaker off and…


Added by Preston Randall on December 15, 2014 at 16:42 — 5 Comments

Accepting Mediocrity

Have you ever started writing a story and then made the mistake of reading something absolutely brilliant? This recently happened to me.

I more or less finished an outline of a shortish story which I was pretty happy with - even excited about, which is rare for me. There are lots of weird characters and crazy scenes, a…


Added by Preston Randall on May 10, 2014 at 1:00 — No Comments

Where’s Your Outrage When I Need It?

I’ve been wracking my brain for hours trying to figure out how to tap into a powerful and yet seemingly fickle phenomenon—TV viewer outrage. The infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction resulted in over ½ million complaints to CBS and I’m pretty sure heads rolled somewhere. “I don't care if she objected to the crazy glue. You’re fired!” TV viewers have been outraged in the past by overtly sexual or gross images, but seem completely impervious to the obvious and unsubtle insult of being…


Added by Preston Randall on April 5, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

A Newbie’s Take on Twitter

As part of my drive to gain exposure for my short stories I’ve started to become more engaged in using social media including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and especially Twitter. I feel embarrassingly incompetent and behind-the-times, but am slowly gainly a shred of understanding of how things are supposed to work. I’ve committed most of the usual “newbie” blunders, like neglecting to include any actual interesting or personal information in my endless stream of self-promotion, or initially…


Added by Preston Randall on April 1, 2014 at 19:49 — 4 Comments

Free Humorous Short Story - The Punishment

If you need a bit of a laugh to lighten your day, download The Punishment for free from Amazon. Here's the blurb:

High school buddies embark on a road trip to Jasper National Park where they have an unexpected encounter with the local Mounties. You won't want to miss the world's slowest car c…


Added by Preston Randall on March 23, 2014 at 23:00 — No Comments

They're Going to Die

“C’mon Jimmy!” his sister yells. “Let’s play Star Wars!” Running past the bin of loose vegetables, she grabs two large carrots and throws one towards her brother. Carrots and…


Added by Preston Randall on February 26, 2014 at 22:00 — 25 Comments

My Latest Story

As an aging distance runner who now struggles to complete my daily ritual of 20 to 30 minutes, I fantasized about what it would take to actually win a marathon race. The result was a short story that twists and turns as the lead character, Daniel Zurenski, struggles to fulfill a pledge to his dying mother which takes him to the start line of the Victoria Marathon. The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and…


Added by Preston Randall on January 3, 2014 at 18:50 — No Comments

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

Blog Posts

Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…


A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing red and black flowery dress. They were in the heart of the…


Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 


Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments


Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde hair fell over her face. Scarlet lips whispered to him,…


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