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Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers!     Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now…
    - 7 Jul 16, 12:58pm -
  • BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    A preview of fiction titles we’re looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don’t Forget! Although this is the final “regular” episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390…
    - 28 Jun 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months.   Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you’d like to join the mailing list for possible…
    - 21 Jun 16, 1:24pm -
  • BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline.   The Summer reading packet came home from Ann’s daughters’ school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must cho…
    - 14 Jun 16, 5:10pm -
  • BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.   Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you a…
    - 7 Jun 16, 7:00pm -
  • BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fa…
    - 31 May 16, 5:48pm -
  • BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.    Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!   Audiobook of the…
    - 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, aut…
    - 18 May 16, 4:31pm -
  • BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.   Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Bookstore…
    - 10 May 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my…
    - 3 May 16, 8:05pm -

Sabotage

Short Stories

  • newHe’s Late

    He’s Late

    I stood on the corner, my collar turned up against the chilly autumn air. I looked at my watch again. He was late. So unlike him, especially on a day as important as this.  He’s not coming Maureen,” whispered a voice behind me. “Lover boy’s…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:08am -
  • newSunday’s Mini-Saga Challenge #14

    Sunday’s Mini-Saga Challenge #14

    A mini saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 8 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 4:00am -
  • Wednesday’s Six-Sentence Story Challenge #9

    Wednesday’s Six-Sentence Story Challenge #9

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story in the comments section below or leave a link to…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 4:00am -
  • Writing Syllabic Poetry

    Writing Syllabic Poetry

    The tetractys is a triangular figure consisting of ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row, which is the geometrical representation of the fourth triangular number. It was an important mystical symbol to the sec…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 10:36am -
  • Sunday’s Mini-Saga Challenge #9

    Sunday’s Mini-Saga Challenge #9

    A mini saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 4:00am -
  • Friday’s 100-Word Story Challenge #9

    Friday’s 100-Word Story Challenge #9

    Every Friday I plan to post a prompt that will encourage you to write a 100-word story. The inspiration for your story each week will be a black and white photo (taken from Pixabay). Your challenge is to write a story of exactly 100-words inspired b…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 4:00am -
  • Wednesday’s Six Sentence Story Challenge #8

    Wednesday’s Six Sentence Story Challenge #8

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story in the comments section below or leave a link to…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 4:00am -
  • Sunday’s Mini Saga Challenge #8

    Sunday’s Mini Saga Challenge #8

    A mini saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jun 20, 4:00am -
  • Friday’s 100-Word Story Challenge #8

    Friday’s 100-Word Story Challenge #8

    Every Friday I plan to post a prompt that will encourage you to write a 100-word story. The inspiration for your story each week will be a black and white photo (taken from Pixabay). Your challenge is to write a story of exactly 100-words inspired b…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jun 20, 4:00am -
  • Wednesday’s Six Sentence Story Challenge #7

    Wednesday’s Six Sentence Story Challenge #7

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story in the comments section below or leave a link to…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 4:00am -

Short Story Writer

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    Thanks to Swanwick, I have been 'persuaded' by friends to start blogging again.As this old blog is cluttered with gloom and doom and tales of my past miseries, I am switching to another blog, so if you want to follow me, the address iswritingfictioni…
    - 16 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • THE LAST POST
    This blog has run its course. The time has come to call it a day. Writing this blog has been enormously helpful to me. It’s kept me in touch with the world at times when I wanted to crawl into a hole and die. Time and again, I’ve been struck by…
    - 10 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • My mind is all over the place
    I’m finding it very hard to focus at the moment. I could name all kinds of reasons – a lingering head cold, Louis who  keeps demanding my attention,  but this goes deeper than that. I’m worried because a man has shown an interest in me. How c…
    - 9 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • Ready for a new start
    I went to see my homeopath yesterday and really enjoyed it. That probably sounds weird, but the fact is she’s such an upbeat lovely person, just talking to her, I felt better. She seems to think that this cold (yes, I still have it) is a good sign…
    - 8 Oct 13, 5:39am -
  • The dog has teeth

    The dog has teeth

    The sun is shining. The workshop for next Saturday is planned, the handouts printed. I have no Writers Bureau work to do. Time to think about what to enter for Leeds Writers Circle short story competition. I haven’t been writing much new stuff late…
    - 5 Oct 13, 6:35am -
  • Blast this cold

    Blast this cold

    For more than a week, I’ve been fighting a bad cold. It’s so annoying how something so simple and trivial can cause so much annoyance. I guess it will clear up, eventually, but right now, the end is definitely not in sight. The weather’s misera…
    - 4 Oct 13, 4:28am -
  • It's a dog's life

    It's a dog's life

    Life is full of good and bad. It’s up to us which we focus on. Right now I have a really awful terrible miserable cold and I feel really low, physically but I know it will pass. I also have Louis here for his last visit. I love that dog and I’m…
    - 1 Oct 13, 5:02am -
  • All alone and feeling sorry for myself
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there’s very little worse than being on your own and having a bad cold. I feel like **** today. What I really really want is somebody to wait on me hand and foot, mop my fevered brow, make me lemon tea a…
    - 1 Oct 13, 4:57am -
  • PLOM
    Why does it feel so bad? All I’ve got is a cold! Still at least the sun is shining. I decided not to go to the BBQ. Not only do I feel bad, I look ghastly too, plus I’d feel terrible if I passed on my germs. Mind you that didn’t stop my ex as h…
    - 28 Sep 13, 11:08am -
  • Frustration rules
    Having made the decision to end the part time work I was doing, I’m now feeling increasingly frustrated.  I’ve had to give notice. I’m not the kind of person who just stops, that wouldn’t meet my ‘be fair to everyone’ syndrome. So now, I…
    - 25 Sep 13, 5:39am -

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