No one congratulates the understudy; the role given to the individual who could not make the cut for the lead. Just right for the part, but not as right, not as good, as the chosen actor. An acceptable backup; but not ‘the one’. Sure, while their name is printed in …Read More »
When the preachers came, they embraced you. When they entered your home, they smiled pious smiles. Then they said in reverent tones, ‘Let us pray for your forgiveness.’ But you were unable to tell them that it was your husband who had sinned. Content continues after advertisement When you knelt, …Read More »
Please welcome author Larry Brooks to Writer Unboxed today! Larry is the author of six novels and three bestselling books on fiction craft, including Story Fix andÂ Story Engineering.Â A little more about him: Larry is a career writer from the corporate sector who, like most of you, had nourished the fiction …Read More »
» The Man-Playing Guitar and the Guitar-Playing Man by Simon Thalmann Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
A guitar who had learned to play the man decided he wanted to form a band. He gathered up his courage and called a guitar-playing man and asked him if he would be interested in joining him. Content continues after advertisement — Hmm, said the guitar-playing man. So youâre a …Read More »
I sit in my small, one bed roomed flat above Sebastian’s Nightclub. Below, music throbs. Outside, drunks shout and brawl. Nightly, police sirens wail, disturbing my sleep, disturbing my peace. Daily, shoppers and office workers dash to and fro unaware of the constant disturbance that occurs well after the stores …Read More »
”Mr Terrance Trent…” Content continues after advertisement ”D’ARBY!” He added loudly. Found it hilarious, thought he was original. Despite having done it once a fortnight for almost a year. Jokes wear thin but this one had eroded. Well for me it had, however not for the newer hordes of strugglers …Read More »
Watching you grow, and going through the changes in your life.That’s how I know; I always wanna be there.Whenever you feel you need a friend to lean on, here I amWhenever you call, you know I’ll be there Content continues after advertisement Olivia Newton John ‘Let Me Be There’ I …Read More »
» The Thing About Naps by Cassander L. Smith Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
What I always forget about long naps is that when I wake up, I feel disoriented, heavy, impatient, groggy, mean, and sick. I yawn, stretch my arms into a Village People âY,â and I feel tired, except I just slept three hours. When Iâm like that, the photo of me …Read More »
Inspired by Lit Hubâs 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, Iâm at 64 submissions and 34 rejections. Summer tends to be a slower time for submissions. A lot of literary journals close their reading periods …Read More »
» Matters of the Heart by Avis Hickman-Gibb Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
âI walked her down the aisle today â happiest day of my life so far. It doesnât seem so long ago that she was climbing up onto my knee to make a nest with her special blanket, ready for a bedtime story. Content continues after advertisement âTime flies â doesnât …Read More »