Archive | November 2012

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Prom(pt) Date: 20 Tried and True Bits of Inspiration

I’ve been posting flash fiction and short stories of my own, I’ve provided lists of suggested books by others and touched upon the ideas and visions of even more talented people. I’ve written about the foibles and folly of grammar and words, and I’ve given you tips and ideas on how to use those words. […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Feast

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Feast. Here is my offering: The meal was a memory, […]

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Reading List: A Few Titles for Your Consideration

I live in Reston, Virginia, a Washington DC suburb, so our newspaper is The Washington Post. Last Sunday there was a whole section devoted to the best books of 2012. Most of the books I had not heard of and a majority of the authors were new to me.  It was refreshing to see names […]

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A Thanksgiving Treat

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  I offer this appropriately themed short story as a little gift on a holiday whose centerpiece is often the food. I hope that you find it to be a tasty bit of prose. Grace Under Pressure by Andy Black The best explanation was that the grace had been too […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Business

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Business. Here is my offering: The company costume party was […]

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Author! Author! The Impact of Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is an author, screenwriter, publisher, English tutor, visionary and seller of pirate supplies.  If you have heard of McSweeney’s (a literary quarterly that is published, as he puts it, “two or three times a year”) then you probably know who Dave Eggers is. If you went to see the 2009 feature film adaptation […]

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Fact Into Fiction: The Plots Thicken

I was thinking of writing a story filled with intrigue, romance and scandal but maybe it isn’t believable enough.  The plot line briefly is this: A retired four star General, who has been appointed to head up the international intelligence bureau in the US, is approached by an attractive woman who’s a journalist and an […]

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