Category Archives: writing

The Sound of Silence

I’ve been a very naughty writer the past few months, both on here and with my fiction. I could give a multitude of excuses–tired from work, tired from cancer, tired from children, tired from being tired all the time–but one … Continue reading

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The Writing Group

I mentioned in my last post that I’m interested in starting a writing group in my hometown and, while I have a few minutes on my lunch break, I wanted to put out a little more about what I’m looking … Continue reading

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Original Fiction–The Many Santas of Shepherd’s Hollow

Here it is, the third and final of my new Christmas short stories for this year. Short, however, is a term I use loosely for this tale. It does run a bit long, but it’s only as long as it … Continue reading

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Original Fiction–An Inconvenient Christmas

Here is the second of this year’s three Christmas short stories–“An Inconvenient Christmas”. In keeping with the theme I chose to honor my late mother, a huge Santa Claus fan, this tale features Saint Nick facing an ecological disaster with … Continue reading

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Original Fiction–Santa’s Worst Stop

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Santa Claus”, here is the first of this year’s three Christmas short stories. I had a lot of fun incorporating this year’s trendy horror subject–zombies–with the holiday theme and I hope that fun … Continue reading

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Regifting “The Present”

Now that I have put the unpleasantness of Black Friday behind me, I can start focusing on the Christmas season in general. This yule will be particularly tough considering that this was my mom’s favorite time of the year. She … Continue reading

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Quick Update on All Things Writerly

Even though I haven’t mentioned it in a while, I am still writing. Considering how bad my year has gone thus far, I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to escape from this life once in a while and go somewhere else. … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Anna Lois Smiley

My mother passed away on September 6th. I haven’t really talked about it on here yet because, well, I didn’t really know what to say. Even at this point, nearly three months on, I am having a hard time encapsulating … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Open at jlake.com

Jay Lake, author and fellow frequent visitor to the halls of medicine, posted a lovely picture on his blog and encouraged his readers to submit a flash fiction piece of no more than 500 words based on that picture. I … Continue reading

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The Three R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Radiation

Nine radiation treatments down. Six more to go. This is what they call the “home stretch” and, fittingly, that’s where I’ll be for the next few days. After careful consideration of my not-so-careful work ethic, I’ve elected to take off … Continue reading

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