100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.   I heard them talking. Daddy said, She wants a pogo stick. Mama said, She has enough presents. Santa brought a pogo stick. Daddy smiled. Sturdy. We went outside. Mama frowned. Don't fall. She's fine. Daddy lifted me on. I bounced. The pogo stick didn't. Daddy frowned. Spring's tight. You're … Continue reading 100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

Louisa wrote in her journal about a conversational lesson with Mr. Lane: "What virtues do you wish more of?" asks Mr. Lane. I answer:-- Patience,                Love,                Silence, Obedience,            Generosity,     Perseverance, Industry,       … Continue reading Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices

Hookahs, the Kasbah, and Charles Boyer: All a Matter of Balance

On Writing Wranglers and Warriors today–

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Caterpillar using a hookah. An illustration fr... Caterpillar using a hookah. An illustration from Alice in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As you read this post, please take note of the way the word anyway is used. This will be important later.

So I’m sitting at the computer bar at Bookpeople again. I should be revising a short story that drags on and on–I think it will be a good story, when I finish, maybe next year–but I am distractible. I was not distractible in school. But in real life, especially when I’m still in the grips of May mold, I am a Facebook magnet.

I broke away from Facebook in favor of a task I wanted to do–this–but I can’t stop thinking about my immediate surroundings.

Two empty stools away from me sits a Danish journalist named–no, I’ll omit his name. It’s very Danish, though. He’s stationed in New York and is in Texas to research and write…

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Book Launch: The Taexali Game by Nancy Jardine

Today Nancy Jardine shares information about her new novel, The Taexali Game, which launches May 22. Welcome, Nancy. Everyone loves playing advanced interactive computer games, don’t they? Callum Fraser’s games are totally awesome but when his Rubidium Time-Leap flips Aran Bruce and his best friends—Brian and Fianna Fraser—back to AD 210, the reality is incredible. They … Continue reading Book Launch: The Taexali Game by Nancy Jardine

The Lowdown on the Political Road

The gravel road in the picture below (and, for a time, in the header above) runs from Texas State Highway 80 just north of the town of Fentress to where it intersects with Farm-to-Market Road 20, about five miles to the northeast. The sign at the intersection reads Political Road. The sign denotes Caldwell County's approval, but … Continue reading The Lowdown on the Political Road

Faith Amid Doubt

Austin Mystery Writer Valerie Chandler writes about doubt, a feeling familiar to most writers.

Austin Mystery Writers

Ever have doubts about your capabilities? I think we all have. (Except for maybe a few oblivious people out there.) But doubt and fear are normal reactions when it comes to how we feel about our own artistic expression, including writing.

The older I get, the more I see how things are connected. We draw upon previous experiences to prepare us for new ones. In this case, since I’m fairly new to writing, I often find myself comparing writing to making music. I’ve been singing since I was eight, playing piano since the age of nine, and playing in band since junior high. So I have a lot of experiences to draw from. (I won’t tell you how many years. Let’s just say it’s many decades!)

Now I’m not an excellent musician. I’m good at sight-reading choral music and the technical aspects of music. (That was the only way I…

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100 Words: I Told You–

Friday Fictioneers: Write a 100-word story based on the prompt.     Screams pierced the air. The woman dropped her trowel and raced across the yard. “What happened?" Pushing through a ring of children, she lifted the crying child, examined the swelling lip. A Greek chorus erupted. “--wasp--” “--hydrant--” “--stung--" “Lisabeth, I told you not to drink from the hydrant.” Then, … Continue reading 100 Words: I Told You–