A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Secrets Galore

Secrets Galore

“Dude, you can’t. She’ll say no.” Amanda stood with her hands on her hips, giving her best friend her most intimidating glare. It worked enough that Randy paused to glare back at her.

“How would you know? You’re a girl.”

“So? You think that precludes me from knowing something you don’t?”

He shook his head. “No, but tell me how you know or get out of my way.”

“Because…” She paused, wishing there was another way. “We’re dating.”

“What?”

“Yeah, for two years.”

His expression turned hopeful. “Really?”

“Oh God. Don’t even.”

“I’ll show you mine…”

“Not. Another. Word.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Sweet Tidings

Sweet Tidings

“Mmm, this is pretty good. Where’d you get it?” Bill mumbled as he sucked on a piece of hard candy.

His wife, Courtney, smiled at him. “At Harold’s drugstore. He asked about you, by the way.”

“Ah, good. How’s Harold doing?”

“Martha’s leaving him.”

Bill swallowed the candy and coughed, but it wouldn’t come up.

Courtney sat forward in her chair. “Bill?” She rushed across the room and smacked his back, but it didn’t work. He collapsed and she stood looking down at him, her panic slowly disappearing.

“Guess I won’t need poison after all. Hope Martha was worth it.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Water Sports

Water Sports

Water splashed in Thomas’ face, blinding him. “Come on, man, stop it!’

His older brother laughed as he shoved another wave of water at him. “Make me, squirt.”

Had Thomas been bigger, he would’ve. But being eight years old compared to his brother’s twelve years left him at a disadvantage. “Stop!”

He wiped his eyes and paused as he thought something swam by him in the murky water. “Timmy, I think something’s in here with us.”

“Of course, there is, squirt. We’re in a lake. Duh!” As he moved to splash again, he pivoted off balance and went under screaming.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Serious Prep

Serious Prep

Not like it’d be hard, Nick thought as he sharpened his knife. All I have to do is not hit the bone. Simple enough.

He spit on the whet stone, then leaned back as he continued sliding his blade across it, once side, then the other.

After a few strokes, he took the knife and slid it along his forearm, angled like a razor, and watched his arm hair fall away. Smiling, he stood and smiled at the kitchen table and the dressed turkey.

“Tomorrow, you’re all mine.”

“Really? It’s just a turkey,” his chuckled as she entered the kitchen.

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Dear Writers: Please Read (A Book)

Awesome blog post. I’ve talked with a few writers that “Don’t have time to read” and I’m still at a loss. Like Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

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We’re back to some practical advice for this month, so pull up a chair and let’s dish.

About a year ago, I was guesting at a convention and was hanging out with some other authors. The topic of books came up (duh), and what we were reading, and I heard something which was utterly offensive to my poor ears which you think would be cynical to stuff like this by now.

“Oh, I don’t read, I don’t have time. I just write books.”

Or something. I’m paraphrasing. I think my ears are still crying.

Look at that sentence. Look at it!

If you write or want to write, I want you to stare long and hard at that sentence, and never, ever, do that. 

Look, I get some of you probably think this is bottom of the barrel basic knowledge and a waste of a blog post, but I also…

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Frail Humanity

Frail Humanity

“What’s in a name?

When someone calls, how do we respond?

If someone needs us, how do we answer?

When help comes, who do we thank?

If we answer, what do we say?

If life is give and take,

Who keeps tally without a name?”

Travis smiled as the poetry club clapped. It was one of the few times anyone appreciated his work and he wouldn’t forget it. “Thank you.”

As he took his seat, the woman next to him leaned close and asked, “That was powerful. Who was your inspiration?”

He smiled, not sure if she’d appreciate his answer.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Caller Error

Caller Error

“Hello?” Paul winced as the caller droned on about his computer needing help. Deciding it would work bets to let the man continue, he nodded and offered the expected “Uh huh,” “Yes,” and “Wow, that’s serious.”

The voice concluded, saying, “If you follow this link, I can help you—”

“Sure,” Paul replied. “Just one question.” He swore he could hear the person’s mind whirring at the potential scam, err sale looming.

“Yes, sir. How can I help you?”

“Well, this is embarrassing, but when I click on the link, do you hack my computer or does someone else? Hello?”

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