Four Part Short Story Contest

Four Part Short Story Contest

The new short story posted today is Part One of a short story contest I entered recently. It is a unique series of stories in that they are told backwards. Part 1 happens in some point in time after Part 2, which happens after Part 3, which happens after Part 4. So the reader will know the ending before he/she will know the beginning. To make it a bit more challenging, the folks running the contest provided items that must…

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Finding Time, Part 1 (from the Needle in the Hay contest “Hindsight isn’t 20/20.”)

Finding Time, Part 1 (from the Needle in the Hay contest “Hindsight isn’t 20/20.”)

This is Part 1 of a four part short story told in reverse order, so while this is the first part for you, it’s the end of the story.   Michael crept quietly out the door, still carrying his shoes.  Once outside, he sat down on the stoop and quickly slipped into his chukkas and tied the laces.  Glancing up, he saw the lights were still out in the brownstone.  That’s perfect! he thought, and headed down the street. He…

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Writing Update

Writing Update

On Fridays when I don’t post new fiction, I’ll be catching everyone up on how the novel and other projects are coming along. I’m under a bit of a deadline because I promised my editor I’d have it to her by the end of January. I’ve been making a lot of progress this week, but still have a bit to do. A problem that slowed me down was I decided to take two long chapters and rearrange them into four…

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Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

You may notice the links I’ve attached to my favorite books are through Amazon Smile, instead of just regular ol’ Amazon. There is a reason for that: my boss threatened my life.  Just kidding (sorta). For those unfamiliar with Amazon Smile, they donate a portion of your purchase to the non-profit of your choosing. Everything else about your purchase is the same, you just get the bonus of helping out a worthy cause. As I’ve said, you can choose from…

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Favorite Books — Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

Favorite Books — Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

Luck in the Shadows is Book 1 in the Nightrunner Series. It’s the tale of young Alec who is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit but is rescued by fellow prisoner, Seregil, who leads their daring escape. Seregil, a thief, rogue, exile, and noble, takes Alec under his wing and leads him across a country he knew nothing about and into dangers he could never imagine while helping to defeat an invading army while secretly working for the queen….

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The One Who Understands

The One Who Understands

This piece was entered into a short story contest called Two Worlds. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I got very busy as the deadline drew nearer, so it’s what I was able to do in my limited time. I like the general idea of the story, but the contest had a strict 1500 word maximum, so it limited my ability to explore the characters as much as I’d have liked.  Perhaps it’s something that will lead to a…

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