How NOT to Get a Literary Agent by Meg LaTorre

This showed up on my google news-feed this morning and I am glad it did. It is a fantastic video with great information. I have subscribed to her channel and am planning to check out her videos. It looks like she has about fifty or so up on her channel. I will try and share... Continue Reading →


Please Purchase War Springs Eternal

The following is an excerpt from War Springs Eternal. Please purchase your copy today, available in both paperback and e-book formats on  Covered in sweat, more than from my session, I bolt straight up. My exhausted muscles falter and I fall back flat. I am screaming. I try to stop myself. I can't. The... Continue Reading →

Excerpt – War Springs Eternal

War Springs Eternal   by Joe Leonardi  ©2018 All rights reserved.   -1- Thunder announces a release from the earth. Fire ignites the darkness. Illuminating the night sky, Hell’s flame explodes bright orange.  A yellow, oily rain falls upon the battlefield. It touches the soldiers. Skin boils and blisters. A few will die here. Many, will recover. The... Continue Reading →

Never Surrender Your Author’s Voice!

“… the alteration of a word can throw an entire story out of key.” Ernest Hemingway I have had people criticize my work for breaking conventional rules of writing and grammar. Sometimes, these notes are accurate, and I make corrections. More often, they are given by those who believe themselves superior to the storyteller. These over... Continue Reading →

Writing Instrument of Choice

Recently I did a post entitled, Thank You Ernest Hemingway. The post contained seven tips from Hemingway on writing from open culture's website. The #6 tip was to write with a pencil. Hemingway gave three very very good reasons for using a pencil. All three basically boiled down to providing the writer multiple opportunities  to... Continue Reading →

Twenty Years Without A Complete Sleep 

I still remember the first night I didn’t sleep the night through. Of course, there were random nights before.  How could there not be? Especially being at sea in the U.S. Navy.   But this night, was the night that began a chain of sleepless nights that has lasted uninterrupted for close to twenty years.   ----------------------------... Continue Reading →

A Good Story Trumps The Disdain Of Grammarian Gatekeepers

Yesterday, I wrote a post discussing the importance of the author maintaining her or his voice, despite the pressures of self-appointed grammarians. Today, I am going to give an example of an author who makes those grammarians crawl right out of their skin. I belong to a few author and writer groups on social media.... Continue Reading →

Please Visit Short Story Scribe on the Web

I made some tweaks to the website for Short Story Scribe , I invite you to click the link and check it out.  All titles for both Joe and Scono are available for digital download, .pdf format, in the store. Please check it out and grab a story. “Who am I?” I am an independent,... Continue Reading →

Future Damaged and Broken Novellas

In 2019 I am expecting to release at least five more stories in The Damaged and Broken Collection --- • “It Is Never Just A Slap,” which I am currently working on, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. •“Abandonment and Addiction,” a girl from a broken home who becomes addicted to heroin. •“A Father’s Son,” the breakdown of... Continue Reading →

Short Story Scibe “Who am I?”  The Damaged and Broken Collection I am an independent, self-published teller of tales. I am currently an author of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website, and/or Amazon Author Page, if you are so inclined please purchase... Continue Reading →

Conflict and Chaos

People mistake conflict and chaos as abnormal. I believe they are the normal state. The universe was created of chaos. Instead of trying to fight it, we must adapt. Our response to the conflicted chaos is important. Chaos and conflict create the story. ​The concepts of chaos and conflict have led to "The Damaged and Broken Stories."Tales... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year

Happy New Year And, to all of my author friends, may 2019 be filled a plenty with many Mr. Henry Bemises. Of course, before his glasses broke. 📖 I invite you to visit my website, and/or Amazon Author Page, if you are so inclined please Thank you,purchase a copy and leave a review. Joe

Review – Running Against Cancer by Agnes Varona Oquendo

When I am writing, I rarely read.  After completing "Is Suicide Painless," which was a taxing novella to write, I have taken some time off and I am catching up on reading. I thought I would post a couple of reviews until I get back to working on "The Damaged and Broken Collection." Please visit... Continue Reading →

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