Don’t let a bad review get you down

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man (*or woman) who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man (*or woman) who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;... Continue Reading →

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Why Bother Fixing My Health?

I am a shadow of who I was. Pushed past limits. Forced to endure. Exploited. Damaged. Not yet broken. Not moving forward. I simply mark time. What is the point? For all, the end is the same. Whether tomorrow, next week, month or decade, it will be over. Is false hope for tomorrow a cruelty?... 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 →

Why write Creating a School Shooter?

We can't escape the headlines of mass murders occurring in our schools and now our churches. The very place where children are sent to be educated. The very place where they should be safe and free from danger.  Sadly, school shootings have become the new normal. These horrific crimes and events lead us to ask... 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 →

Why The Past?

As writers and storytellers, we are often too in tune to our emotions and sensitivities. However, it can lead to unique insights.... There was a time I looked forward to each day. There was a time when I was ready. I now know I wasn't ready.  I now know I won't ever be ready. The... Continue Reading →

Just because someone gave a negative review…

....doesn't mean you didn't write a good story! On the author pages to which I belong on social media, I see comments from authors distraught that someone gave their writing a negative review. In a profound way, when I read these comments, it pains me. When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review... Continue Reading →

ENTER DARKNESS

https://youtu.be/dm_S_-zV-1E     “Who am I?”  I am an independent, self-published teller of tales. I am 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, ShortStoryScribe.com and/or Amazon Author Page, if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and... Continue Reading →

Short Story Scibe

https://youtu.be/cuuH4HZ1X44 “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, ShortStoryScribe.com and/or Amazon Author Page, if you are so inclined please purchase... Continue Reading →

Just because someone doesn’t like your story…..

.....doesn't mean you didn't tell a good story! On the author pages I belong to on social media, I see comments from authors distraught that someone gave their writing a negative review. In a profound way, when I read these comments, it pains me. When someone reviews a story, the odds are their review does... Continue Reading →

Please purchase your copy today

War Springs Eternal -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 touched and untouched will carry scars;... Continue Reading →

Hemingway’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Ernest Hemingway's economy of words style applied not only to his writing. His Nobel acceptance speech is a little over three hundred and thirty words. What an incredible three hundred and thirty words they are....   Having no facility for speech-making and no command of oratory nor any domination of rhetoric, I wish to thank the administrators... Continue Reading →

Story Length – The Power of The Short Story

"It isn’t about the number of words the author writes   It is about the story the author tells with the number of words written.... "  Joe Leonardi I tend to agree with Edgar Allan Poe who believed that all works should be short. "There is", he writes, "a distinct limit... to all works of literary art—the... Continue Reading →

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