Where I Live

Where D. Wallace Peach lives. I love her writing.

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If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you might have figured out that I live in the coastal mountains of northwest Oregon, in a rainforest of giant trees and moss.  Our quaint town is 10 miles down the road and the big city is an hour or two away (depending on elk, ice, fog, snow, logging trucks, and the intended destination).  Cell phone service is non-existent, and our entertainment comes by satellite including the internet which is  s…l…o…w…  and I mean    s………l………o………w

Yet, I love living out here.

To give you a better idea of this place, I’ve created one of those fun “Where I live” graphics. There is no exaggeration in this post AT ALL.

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LOVELY BARCELONA

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Copyright: Dee Lovering

We’re here for another week, gathered around a virtual computer in a virtual college dorm room, in a virtual college. We’re here as the Friday Fictioneers to discuss our original stories for this week. Our hostess for this gathering–she’s not virtual by the way–is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Dee Lovering. Thanks, Dee.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/1-may-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

LOVELY BARCELONA by P.S. Joshi

Laura sat at the computer planning her new story. She decided it would begin in Barcelona, Spain. She could hear the click of the castanets and feel the sunshine.

She’d read a piece on how to write a story in a week. She now had to place her chosen characters there. They would be college students on vacation from the U.S. She didn’t know anything about college students from anywhere else.

Her roommate, Dorothy, walked in. She read the beginning story over Laura’s shoulder.

“Hah,” she remarked. “Just how do these students have the money to go to Barcelona, Spain?”

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THE ORCHIDS

 

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Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/mondays-finish-the-story-april-27th-2015/

Genre: Crime Fiction

Word Count: 2+5+150=157 Words

THE ORCHIDS by P.S. Joshi

“Are you laughing at me?”

He laid orchids on the table where I was sitting in the restaurant.

Laughing? I was scared half to death. He’d been following me for days. The police wouldn’t listen. After all, why should they. He was one of their own. I tried to tell them, but they wouldn’t listen.

I had dated him, but one night he slammed me to the floor, raped me, and spit on me when I screamed in pain.

His buddies on the local force said, “Well, Sal, how can we believe someone with a reputation like your’s? Brad’s a nice guy and wouldn’t hurt anybody. We’re surprised he’s interested in a woman like you. You should consider yourself lucky. Go tell someone who doesn’t know you.” They laughed at me.

That’s when I gave up on help from them. I bought a gun and practiced. I just hope I won’t have to use it.

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Pen Names—Necessary Evil or Ticket to Crazyville?

This is good advice.

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Today we are going to talk about a somewhat touchy subject. The pen name. Before anyone gets in a fluff, understand two things. First, I’m on your side. Secondly, this is only a decision you can make. My goal here is to make sure you guys are making educated business decisions. Thus, I won’t stop anyone from having a pen name, but about 95% of the time? It’s unnecessary.

In my opinion? Pen names are more hassle than they are worth and they’re a fast way to land in Crazyville. Pen names used to offer benefits, but most of those benefits have evaporated because the world is digital and connected. In fact, pen names can actually hurt book sales and stall a platform and brand.

Let’s look at some of the advantages pen names used to offer that no longer exist.

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Sunday’s Blessings: Prayers for Nepal

This is very fitting at this time.

Writing on the Pages of Life

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On this 4th Sunday of the Easter Season,
we pause and remember our brothers and sisters in Nepal.
Those who perished from the earthquake –
May the Light  embrace them as they pass through the eternal threshold;
And may their families find comfort in their time of sorrow.

May those who were wounded be comforted in their pain and fear;
May those rendered homeless find warmth and shelter from the cold nights;
and may the good Samaritans who are helping in whatever way they can
be blessed with strength and fortitude as they dig through the rubble.
We pray that they find many survivors.

Sympathies and condolences to the families of the mountaineers
who perished because of massive avalanches on Mt. Everest.

They who dared to climb and perished knew the dangers.
Yet they persisted, hearkening to the call of the mountains.
Where one  feels the pulse of nature merging…

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We are storytellers. Once again, with pride

Nicholas tells writers, especially Inday authors, to be proud of their accomplishments as storytellers.

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What’s that well called?

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books image: marketingmercenary.net

There once was a well, in the middle of a field. It was known, quite unimaginatively, as the well in the field. Then, one morning, the farmer who owned the field found a drowned body inside. Shocked, the nearby villagers changed the well’s name to well of ill luck. They avoided it, superstitious lot that they were, and it was considered bad luck to pass that field at night.

A few months later, it emerged that the body belonged to a notorious criminal, who had escaped the authorities. Henceforth, the well was known as the well of Divine justice.

Thus, local storytellers interpreted reality in three different ways.

As time passed, zealous locals embellished the story. A just spirit now resided deep within the well. Anyone making offerings to it, would get justice. People started referring to the well with reverence…

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I’VE BEEN GONE

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Photo Copyright: Douglas M. Macilroy

We’re here for another week, gathered today in a virtual observatory high in some virtual snow-covered mountains. We’re here as the Friday Fictioneers to discuss our original stories for this week. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks, again, Doug.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link.

The link for the other stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/24-april-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

I’VE BEEN GONE by P.S. Joshi

Mom took me to a really scary movie. Aliens landed near an observatory.

“Oh, Marie,” she said. “I shouldn’t have taken you to that one. I had no idea it would bother you.”

But she didn’t really understand why I was frightened. Aliens had already contacted me. I didn’t tell her as they’d warned me not to.

We lived in the mountains, and they wanted to land somewhere no one would find them.

“We’ll take you for a ride,” they said.

It sounded exciting.

“I’ll have to be back for dinner,” I answered.

I’m back–forty years later.

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ILLEGAL FREE BOOK SITE ALERT – CHECK FOR YOUR BOOKS…

Thanks for spreading the word, Chris.

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I think I’ve been ripped off by something called Gamivu https://sites.google.com/a/freeebookdownload.prodealspot.com/gamivu/Fathers-and-Demons-Glimpses-of-the-Future one of those illegal book sites…

Please let everyone know about this site so they can check for their books and help close this site down.

Lorinda.

If your book is also there see this post for the actions to take:

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2015/04/16/read-authors-copyright-infringement-notification/

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