Mama Bear Musings

This is my first time participating in NaBloPoMo.  I write mostly short stories and love to tell tales of my granchildren.  I also struggle to keep balance in my life, but you will read more on that later.I look forward to writing more and learning from all of you....more

Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned & Asparagus Cheese Orzo

It should come as no surprise that Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is not a happy book. It is, however, delicate, witty, tragic, and paints a truer and more complex picture of the modern human condition than I have read for a very long time....more

Star Power

This is day five of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. The fur is flying now. -BDStar Powerby blogdramedyThe small print was explicit:- artisan well water from the hinterland of the Faroe Islands...more

#storylove: My Cyberdream for Short Stories' Future

It all started with the nugget of a thought. This idea that, for publishing to thrive in the digital age, it was going to have to change a lot. As I read blogs, articles, forums about publishing, this piece of the puzzle was clear on all sides.But how? What would be the great new secret to success be? Everyone has their own opinion....more

How I Fell in Love with Stories & What I'm Doing About It

When I was little, my parents read to me every night at bedtime. Through these evening readings, I fell in love with characters, worlds and the power of story. Eloise, Dr. Suess, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle … there’s just too many to name....more

Walk With Me

It's suggested to know someone you should walk a mile in their shoes....more

Ether Books

Author, poet, freelancerFor those looking for a great little addidtion to their strolling lives, I've added a quick post to Claudsy's Blog. Ether Books is a publisher that provides short stories, serials, poetry--all things compact--for reading on the iPhone. My post today is a shameless promotion of my newly released story, "Destiny's Decision." This small fantasy is something to get the mind thinking. Enjoy it, all....more
Hi Claudsy, Great Going Keep it up Thanks for sharing Philmore

Finding The Truth in Fiction

When I write fiction, I look for truths not yet revealed.  Not always about deeds committed or intended,  some truths are simply revelations a character will have, often about his own soul.  Today I take specific examples from the pieces in my story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home, to illustrate what I mean....more

Review: Maupassant - The Necklace and Other Tales

  The simple elegance of Maupassant’s short stories has led many scholars and critics to dismiss his place with other “great” writers. Much like Robert Frost’s poetry, Maupassant’s short stories are deceptively simple, easy reads. There is no rereading of complex, paragraph long lines....more

I was just thinking about how much skill and editing must have went into his crafting of those ...more

The Little Cabin

Rose awoke at 5 am, as she did every day, got dressed and headed down the stairs to the kitchen.  The coffee had been pre-set and was brewing, making chugging and popping sounds and emitting an inviting aroma.  The sounds and smells of a promising new day not going unnoticed, Rose managed a smile as she began packing lunches for the grandkids....more