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Barb’s trips to Ireland.

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Happy St. Pats day to everyone (because tomorrow we’re all Irish)! Hope you enjoy this repeat of a story from a few years back. And always remember: 

Tá aois ag rá in Éirinn le haghaidh beagnach aon rud a dtiocfadh leat a rá.**

(**There is an old saying in Ireland for almost anything you might say.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!)


I’ve always loved Ireland.

When Irish eyes are smiling... It can be damn scary.

Sure, when I was little, I worried about Irish eyes which could, according to my Irish mother’s favorite song, smile. I pictured shamrock clowns with happy-faced grins tattooed across their pupils. But somehow, despite my obvious need of ongoing coulrophobia therapy for all things Bozo, I was still a sucker for anything Irish.

I entered the University of Chicago as a biology major. That lasted until my first-year required literature class taught by Frank Kinahan, newly-hired professor of Anglo-Irish lit. Our initial encounter was less than auspicious…

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THE HUNTER

 

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Here we all are for another week. Today we’re sitting along the virtual banks of the Mohawk River in New York state. It’s warm for March. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original 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 Rochelle herself. Thanks, Rochelle.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/18-march-2016/

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE HUNTER by P.S. Joshi

The slender man wore moccasins so tread softly. White, but an orphan raised by members of the Iroquois Confederacy, he was now a tribal member. They had found him in a cabin where his settler parents died of a raging fever.

His Iroquois wife sewed his deerskin clothes. In them, he could stalk game through the woods and not easily be seen. Here along the Mohawk River, it was plentiful. He saw a deer ahead, took aim, and his arrow struck true.

“Great Spirit,” he prayed, “accept the soul of this deer who will feed my family in cold weather.”

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Introducing Deep POV—WTH IS It? Can We Buy Some on Amazon?

A great explanation of deep POV.

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If you are a writer who has a goal of selling books it is wise to remember that audiences are not static. They change. Their tastes change with the times and we need to understand what is “trending” if we want to connect and entertain. Many new writers look to the classics for inspiration and there isn’t anything per se wrong with that, but we must reinvent the classics, not regurgitate them.

Even if you look at the fashion trends, sure some styles “come back around” but they are not exact replicas of the past. They are a modernized version. But keep in mind that some fashion styles never come back. They’ve outlived their usefulness and belong in the past. Same with fiction.

Story trends and fashions change along with the audience. For instance, Moby Dick spends an excruciatingly long time…

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THE DUMPSTER DIVE

 

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Here we all are for another week. Today we’re sitting on virtual folding chairs in the virtual parking lot of a block of flats. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this  week and every week is to write an original 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 Emmy L Gant. Thanks, Emmy.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/11-march-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE DUMPSTER DIVE

My Uncle John is a dumpster diver. He’s found lots of usable stuff. Today he came to the parking lot of our block of flats to dive.

Mom asked me this morning, “Billy, have you seen the dog. He usually eats at this time. Look for him will you?’

Mom worries because our neighbor, Mr. Backus, hates Skipper. He’s threatened us to keep Skipper away from his place.

Uncle John set up his ladder and climbed to dive. He opened the lid, looked, and came back down–quick.

“I think I found Skipper,” he said.

Then he got real sick.

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BEWARE THE 3-D PRINTER

 

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I’m writing this story for the blog “Teagan’s Books”. This week the subject is 3-D. The link for this entertaining blog is as follows:

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/3-d-story-reading-ape-party/

BEWARE THE 3-D PRINTER by P.S. Joshi

It all started with Gloria Baker’s little brother Sean’s pop-up book. He loved it and it had pop-up pictures of dinosaurs.

Tomorrow was his birthday and she wanted to get him something special. Her dad had bought a 3-D printer for his home office. She wondered what would happen if she put the pop-up book in the printer. Ben would love a figure of his favorite dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Ben was at a friend’s house so it would be a surprise.

It was starting to thunder outside but she would run the machine quickly before the lightening started.

Gloria went to Ben’s bedroom, got the book, and took it to her dad’s office on the ground floor.  Opening the printer lid, she slipped the book into the machine open to the photo she wanted to print. She’d seen her dad do this many times. She pushed the buttons.

The machine began to run. Suddenly lightning hit nearby. The machine shuddered. Scary. It had never done that before. It next made an odd belching noise and a screech came from it, getting louder and louder.

The machine stopped and the lid flew back. Out climbed a Tyrannosaurus Rex the size of the neighbor’s Great Dane. It fastened its gaze on Gloria.

Just then Gloria’s dad, Seth, pulled into the drive in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.  He opened the door and heard screams from the house–Gloria’s screams. It was beginning to rain, hard.

“Now what”, he said out loud. He threw the car door open and ran. Getting to the front door he reached into his pocket for his keys. No keys.

The door swung open and Gloria ran out–still screaming– and crashed into him.

What was that strange musky odor?

He looked inside and there was a Rex in his office doorway.  He grabbed Gloria and rushed her to the car. Its door was open and his keys were on the ground. He shoved her into the front seat, climbed in, and slammed the door.

The front door shuddered and sprung open. The Rex came out, looking around. As the rain splashed onto the Rex’s hide, a strange thing happened. He began to change into off-white, thick plastic.

Just to be safe, Seth called 911 and told them it was an emergency. When they arrived they didn’t know what to think of the large plastic figure of the Rex on the front lawn. How could that harm anyone?

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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again With These Tips – Infographic…

Another great infographic.

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Excerpt from article accompanying the Infographic:

Are you stuck in a rut? It’s not your fault. Your cynical lifestyle of sleeping, eating and working is probably contributing to that. Should you quit your job? Definitely not. Instead, you need to do something different.

To read the article and get a better version of the Infographic, click on the link or Infographic below:

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10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out From The Crowd

Great advice shared by Kawanee.

This is from Harlequin, but I believe it holds information that crosses genres. Hope you find it useful. I know I did.

~Kaw

10 Ways To Make Your Submission Stand Out From The Crowd

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Discovering new writing talent is the one of the most exciting things we get to do as editors. But how can you help yourself catch an editor’s eye? Read on for our top tips…

  1. Do your series research! You can pitch an editor a great idea, but if it’s not something we can actually acquire, it’s a wasted opportunity…
  2. Think of your covering letter as a job interview – be professional and enthusiastic, so that we love the idea of working with you in the future.
  3. Synopsis writing is a different skill from writing a manuscript, so treat it as an opportunity to showcase your craft – phrases like ‘my key hooks’…

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THE COLLECTOR

 

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We’re all here for another week. Today we’re sitting in someone’s virtual home where there’s a virtual, colorful glass jar of used batteries. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original 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 Al Forbes. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the links given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/4-march-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE COLLECTOR by P.S. Joshi

Why don’t I invite friends over? I’ll tell you why. Our mother is a collector.

You name it and she gathers it up. She wasn’t always like this. It started ten years ago when our five-year-old sister, Bethie, got hit by a car and died.

Among the things Mom collects are old prescription bottles, empty soda bottles, and cans, old clothes, suitcases, cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, pots and pans that spilled over from the kitchen, old outgrown clothes, our old toys, twelve sets of dinnerware, mixing bowls of different sizes, and more

Dad left.

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