Friday, August 26, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Start Your Media Kit Today: Mini Workbook | Self Publishing Team | Duolit

Start Your Media Kit Today: Mini Workbook | Self Publishing Team | Duolit: Where were you born?
When did you start writing?
What was your early inspiration?
Do you have educational or professional experience in writing (outside of publishing your book)?
What other books have you written (if any)?
How has your life affected your writing voice?

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Two One Hundred Word Stories

The county abatement officer posted little, red banners all over my front yard. The markers were plastic flags taped to wire stakes.  He pushed a hundred of them into the soil in the front yard. I planted my yard to save water by using ”indigenous plants".  The officer’s  job was to mark noxious weeds for the control team to dig up or spray.  Not knowing a weed from a wildflower; my yard was overgrown with nutsedge, skeletonweed, sowthistle, spurge, knapweed, gorse, toadflax, puncturevine and purple loosestrife. The plants were healthy and had grown to the height of my roofline.

She was wild. Untamed. A golden-haired beauty from a big country family. When I saw her with her brothers and sisters, I knew she was the one I wanted.  Her father was nowhere to be seen.  I left because I had to ponder things.  I went back to her house in a few days and spoke to her family. We made arrangements so I was able to take her with me that day. Money changed hands.  It was legal in the area.  No questions were asked. It was a big litter, and Molly was the fattest of them all.

[Published on line at 100 Word Stories, 8-21. Topic "Wild" ]

These are not quality pieces, but are good exercises to use when writing a story that has to be exactly 100 words AND the topic is assigned.]

Thursday, August 18, 2011

FLASH MARKETS « Flash Fiction Chronicles

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The Gender Genie DOES NOT WORK TODAY.... 8/31

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Inspired by an article and a test in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author. Read more at BookBlog, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Divorce by Billy Collins


Once, two spoons in bed,
now tined forks

across a granite table
and the knives they have hired.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Scriffon: "Scriffon
Write & publish on the Web.

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Friday, August 12, 2011


The temperature kept falling. I brought the dogs in, fed the iron stove, and sat in the big chair, pulling two woolen blankets over me.  I thought of the pony and llamas in the barn.  They must be freezing. I cleared  furniture out of the way, and brought them indoors.  Pretty soon, I had the chickens inside, along with the turkeys, two cats, and the boar.  It was crowded and smelly, so I stepped outside for moment and the door clicked fast behind me.  I could see them through the window, snorting and huffing and helping themselves to the pantry.

[Published at 100 Word Stories, 8/7/2011]

Saturday, August 6, 2011

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Classless Clown

We were to bring a pet
to school the next day
or tell a story about our pet.
I brought a lobster on a string leash
and frightened the girls.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Petro, the armadillo, lost his mate to a man in Peru. He used her strong, round back to make a lute. Petro escaped death by burrowing into the soil and deep into his den. Petro vowed to get revenge. He found his way to the musician’s adobe. He waited until the man left his home and then he dug a deep hole in the dirt floor and covered it with straw and a light covering of soil. When the man stepped on the trap inside his front door, he fell and broke the arms that held and played the lute.

[This was published on 100 Word Stories on 7-31-2011]