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Behind Door Number Three

My son, a fourteen-year-old high school freshman (with a hyperactive amygdala and a sleepy frontal lobe) plays the viola. My daughter, a thirteen-year-old seventh grader (whose frontal lobe is only slightly less sleepy) plays the violin. The important information in those sentences is not that my children’s brains are akin …

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» Secrets of a Murdered Man by Sabrina Walls Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Already the irritating fly that eluded my swatting earlier takes its vengeful residence amidst the rapidly-mounting pool of blood in which I lie; a sea of deepening red that this morning flowed warm and sustaining through my veins. Yet I do not shoo the fly away. My lifeless body is …

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» Doves in Flight by Martin Bell Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

It would have been an overstatement to call it a front door. It certainly wasn’t the entrance to a home. A piece of plywood nailed on two-by-four and hung on some hinges that creaked the few times they opened all the way, with a clasp bolted on at the side …

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Shakespeare in Space – with Lasers!

I recently stumbled onto an online discussion about animated films, where somebody referred to The Lion King as having been inspired by Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet. That was news to me, and it made me think about other films that I had belatedly learned were inspired by Shakespeare plays, such …

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» The Little Brass Bowl by Vera Searles Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

North Street was lined with boutiques, rare book dealers, and antique shops. Laura walked along slowly, looking in each window, savoring the moment. It was like a street of dreams, filled with oddities and beautiful things from the past. The clock on the bank building across the street said 9 …

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Jan O’Hara and Cold and Hottie

Today we have the distinction of welcoming resident wise (and witty) woman Jan O’Hara. Together we celebrate the release of her latest novel, Cold and Hottie, which was made available for your reading pleasure February 6, 2018. Thanks for joining us today, Jan! A former family physician and academic, Jan O’Hara …

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» Paprika by Martin Bell Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

The scent of paprika drifted to her seat at the table across the restaurant, mingled in with a peppery lemon flavor that reminded her of Indian meals she’d finished with John, when he’d pushed the last scrap of naan around the thick sauce in the balti dish and offered it …

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Five Marketing Tools for Authors Who Hate Marketing

Disclaimer: Hating marketing is not required to use these tools. In fact, if you enjoy marketing, you’ll have a blast using them. I’m active in several online writing communities, and one of the most frequent things I read about is how much authors hate marketing. It’s usually accompanied by talk …

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When Worlds Collide

Have you ever felt out of place?  I’m sure.  We all have.  Meeting the new in-laws.  An interfaith church service.  Asking the price of a necklace at Tiffany’s.  The ER.  CIA headquarters in Langley.  Strange environments where people are different. One summer day commuting to work on my bike, I …

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