…to keep it, yeez have to give it away… and I don’t mean money… ‘paying it forward’…

Seumas has the right idea. We appreciate it Seumas. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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…to think of any Scotsman giving anything away, runs contrary to the mythic caricature of the miserly Caledonian with triple locks on the wallet in his sporran… a legend put about, it’s said, by dastardly English persons deflecting their own paucity of charitable inclination… be that as it may or may not be, this ol’ Jurassic Scot has learned a basic truism of Life generally… to keep it, yeez have to give it away… and I don’t mean money… sounds daft, I know, but think on this… the number of times yeez’ve witnessed sumb’dy extending a kindness to another human being… simple things sum’times, such as we were taught as schoolkids… helping older people to cross the road… often it’s a gratuitous smile when the recipient has endured a tough day… yeez have no idea how much reaching out can help that person to keep their day hanging together…

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THE HOBO’S STORY

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Copyright: Jennifer Pendergast

Here we are for another week, gathered today in a virtual train station. 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 Jennifer Pendergast. Thanks Jennifer.

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/2015/04/08/10-april-2015/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE HOBO’S STORY by P.S. Joshi

I’ve been a hobo since 1990. It’s a hard and dangerous life. My friend, Dan, and I travel together. I used to go it alone, but that’s lonely and even more dangerous. We ride the rails on boxcars.

We’re not “tramps” who work only when they have to, or “bums” who don’t work at all. We hobos are traveling workers. We look for the hobo sign of the two shovels that means there’s work available.

I’ll probably be a hobo until the day I “catch the Westbound.” That means in hobo lingo, “death.” Dan says he probably will be too.

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READING TO MELISSA

 

 

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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, Barb 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/2015/04/06/mondays-finish-the-story-april-6th-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 3+10+150=163

READING TO MELISSA by P.S. Joshi

“Once upon a time in a land far, far, away…”

Mom was reading to my little sister, Melissa, three years old. She had read to me and my brother, Joey, no problem. Melissa was different.

It wasn’t that Melissa was unintelligent. The trouble was probably that she was too intelligent. I was observing intently. It was lots better than a boring TV program.”

“Mommy,” said Melissa, “how come it was far, far away and not next door? How come it’s always so far away?”

“Well honey,”said Mom, patiently, “that makes it more interesting. Now just listen.”

Melissa shook her head to mean okay.

“There lived a beautiful princess.” Mom continued, still patiently.

“Mommy,” said Melissa, “how come the princess is always beautiful? Not everyone can be beautiful. It isn’t fair.”

Mom started to breathe a little faster. I’ve learned that’s not a good sign.

“Why don’t you go play for now, Melissa.” said Mom.

I whispered softly, “The End.”

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Welcome to an Interview with Author Eric J Gates

This is a great and thorough interview.

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Welcome to an Interview with  Eric J Gates
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Author of Outsourced
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Bio

Eric J. Gates has had a curious life filled with the stuff of thriller novels. Writing Operating Systems for Supercomputers, cracking cryptographic codes under extreme pressure using only paper and pen and teaching cyber warfare to spies are just a few of the moments he’s willing to recall. He is an ex-International Consultant who has travelled extensively worldwide, speaks several languages, and has had articles and papers published in technical magazines in six different countries, as well as radio and TV spots. His specialty, Information Technology Security, has brought him into contact with the Military and Intelligence communities on numerous occasions.

He is also an expert martial artist, holding 14 black belt degrees in distinct disciplines. He has taught his skills to Police and Military personnel, as well as to the public.

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…How-To-Get-Yer-Book-Noticed-For-Dummies (and Authors)…

This is really important advice to remember.

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…sum’times I read things which are so obvious yeez wonder why everybody misses them (including me!)… I’ve recently had the pleasure of meeting online a new pal, the Authoress, Lorraine Holloway-White… her contributions on a wall-post stream about whether or not it’s important for yeez to have a good cover page for yer masterpieces are priceless… with her gracious permission, here’s an extended version of those exchanges in which Lorraine draws the comparison between a good advertisement and a good ‘first-grab’ presentation of yer books…

Courtesy of Lorraine Holloway-White 

The five components of a good ad and how they relate to a book and book cover are :-

First – Attention grabbing headline – book title

Second – Illustration or photo – artwork

Third -Good sub headline – blurb

Fourth -Good body copy – actual story or book content

Last – Details of where to buy it-and/or author’s name

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Character-Building Prompts

Very helpful, useful piece.

Myths of the Mirror

56637209b02bcb4238d18737d5bc83e0-d37416jAs a new series shapes up in my brain, character profiles dutifully tap across the laptop. In writing character bios, I’ve found that prompts expedite the process.

The prompt-list below has continued to evolve as I learn my craft. It looks more complicated than it is (a result of explanations and examples). In actual practice, I work off the list of headings with a few embedded questions.

For some prompts, a word or two is sufficient, while others require some contemplation. Unsurprisingly, I force my main characters to endure the entire process; incidental players get a pass with a mere smattering of detail, and everyone else falls somewhere in between.

Ultimately, I believe that this pre-work pays off, not only in character depth and overall story quality. To me, the process of writing flows with greater ease. My characters are immensely cooperative in telling their own stories when they know who…

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Lady on the move.

Really interesting interview and travel information.

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A friend and fellow-author has recently been trotting across the world so she kindly agreed to pop over for a chat today. Jane Bwye! Come in and sit down. I have Rooibos tea specially prepared if you are still in Kenya mode and there are cakes from Pierre’s bakery as I didn’t have time to do them.

Sit yourself down and tell us about your travels. I’m all agog.

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I love Rooibos tea – thank you Ailsa. And do you know – I never had one cup of it over the seven weeks of my stay in Africa. Did you feel my hell-kiss as I passed over you on my return flight? I even caught a glimpse of the eclipse out of the plan window that Friday!

It was very hot in Kenya, dusty and brown. They haven’t had any rain to speak of for over a year…

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SNOW

 

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Copyright: Lauren Moscato

We’re here for another week, gathered today in a small cafe in Montreal, Canada. It’s April, so the heavy snows are past, I hope. 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 Lauren Moscato. Thanks, Lauren.

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/2015/04/01/3-april-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

SNOW by P.S. Joshi

I decided to go and visit my parents in Montreal. I hated to travel alone, so I asked my pal, Sam, to go with me and share the driving.

When we got to my parent’s house and settled in, Sam decided to go on his own with his cell phone camera to see the city.

He returned in a few hours with some great local shots. One especially interested him.

“Dude,” he said, “look at that great painted door high up on the building’s side.”

“Dude,” I said, “that door’s real. You’ve never seen how deep the snow gets here.”

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THE POWER OF FOOD

 

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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, Barb 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/2015/03/30/mondays-finish-the-story-march-30th-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 4+2+150=156 Words

THE POWER OF FOOD by P.S. Joshi

“Pizza anyone.”

My older sister, Anabelle, had invited her boyfriend of the month, Jason, over to show off her cooking skills. Let’s face it, she isn’t a glamor girl, far from it. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great girl, but she doesn’t look like a movie star, even when she layers on the makeup.

Of course, Jason doesn’t look like Brad Pitt, either. Nice guy, but lacking personality. I guessed he was overweight for a reason, and Anabelle had discovered that reason.

With the sight of pizza, extra cheese and plenty of pepperoni, his face shone like the grand opening of a mall. Actually, I figured they would make a successful couple as long as she kept his stomach full.

They dated for one month, and she ran in all excited one evening. “He asked me to marry him.” She blurted out.

“Congratulations,” I said. “I guess the food did it.”

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