Who Is Your Favorite Author?

I am a self-published storyteller, not under contract by a major publishing house and have sold a very limited number  of books. In the literary world I am insignificant. That is the truth, but that truth doesn’t change the reality that I am a storyteller. Storytelling is my passion and drive. Storytelling is my love and... Continue Reading →


 To get started, write one true sentence

Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes: Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame... Continue Reading →

Storytelling Belongs To The Writers, NOT The Editors

Next to laundry, the one constant in life, in the literary world at least, is many folks acting as soul crushing, communistic, ignorantly blind editors. If I ever make a significant impact as an author or writer, or what I truly am --- a storyteller, perhaps people will take seriously what I say. Until that... Continue Reading →

The Comfort Of Despair, E-Book on Amazon

For those of us who read primarily via a kindle or kindle app, "The Comfort of Despair" Kindle edition is now available. Please click or copy and paste the below link to get your copy --- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y5QWW57 Comfort – To give strength and hope to.Despair – The complete loss of or absence of hope. Two... Continue Reading →

Book Writing Checklist

✔Day one back at the gym, pathetic workout completed ✔Breakfast consumed ✔Three newspapers read ✔Two professional journals read ✔Articles on writing and self-publishing read ✔Blogs I follow read ✔Blog-posts written and scheduled for next 10 days ✔Sat on porch for an hour with dog ✔Logged out of all social media sites ✔Answered all emails ✔Replied... 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 →

Hemingway – The Iceberg Theory

According to Jenna Blum in The Author at Work, “Hemingway said that only the tip of the iceberg showed in fiction—your reader will see only what is above the water—but the knowledge that you have about your character that never makes it into the story acts as the bulk of the iceberg. And that is... 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 →


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 →

Future of The Damaged and Broken Collection

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 Iam 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... Continue Reading →

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