Day 3!

Space pirates or magical sea pirates, which inspires your flash fiction?


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Day 2!

Keeping with the Sci-fi/fantasy theme, today’s word is:

SPACE (Beyond Earth, in a small box…it’s up to you)

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Flash Game!

Day 1 – I’m going to stick with the Comicpalooza feel this week and go with words that are closely tied to the represented genres. We’ll start out with a family favorite:


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I’m Here! (Are you?)

Comicpalooza is back after a break! I’m so lucky and blessed to be able to come out and play in the fun. If you’re here to play too, I’d love to see some of your pictures in the comments!


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The Name of this Blog is…

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Do you have a child that’s reading beyond their “level”? I have one or two of those. They’re tricky. You want to challenge their abilities with language, but some of the content of those books can be more mature than they are ready for emotionally. That’s why I adore Pseudonymous Bosch‘s Secret series.

Witty, full of mind teasers and out-of-the-book writing that inspire creativity and thought – at a level that you can feel comfortable allowing your child read, they best read at bed-time as a back-and-forth read-aloud, with a dictionary at hand. (Mom and/or Dad will have fun reading them as well.)

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Flash Fiction Fallout


I had a blast playing the writing game hosted by The Final Twist! Reading the fun flashes others posted during the week, training my synapses, and using the prompts to write daily all inspired me. If you weren’t able to play, go check out the post at! Here’s what I came up with from the prompts:


Monday: Full Moon

Stars, lights, bangles, music; a full moon on an overcast night. Mardi Gras dreams.


Tuesday: The Gift

Cradling my wife’s fragile hand, I lay beside her in silence. No more hospital alarms. The first gift of our marriage sat upon her finger, the last delivered as I join her in eternal rest.


Wednesday: Bad Resolution

What-ifs filled her mind, but the resolution remained buried six feet under a headstone. She’d visit again next year, to assure herself he remained that way.


Thursday: Closure

The photo album closed slowly, its cover becoming the lid of a different coffin.


Friday: Idea

1001 ideas, not a single one worthy to post.


The last day summarizes it all. The struggle for the perfect, concise story. But maybe if I learned and grew a little, those 1001 miss-steps will lead to a beautiful new dance.

Let me know if you’d like to play the game here!

Happy reading,


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More than a Little Steamy-Punk


I was nervous about beginning “A Study in Silks” by Emma Jane Holloway. After all, the main character is Sherlock Holmes’ niece. The time frame may be loosely based on the original series, but the Steampunk twists and interwoven magic could potentially make it more cheesie than Roquefort. Would I compare it to actual Sherlock tales and be deflated?

Gratefully, no. In fact, the pages flew by fast and I rushed out to buy the remaining books (A Study in Darkness and A Study in Ashes) as soon as I neared the book’s end. Love triangles, mystery, corrupt governments, humanistic heroes, and shady characters; this book had it all and hidden gems for fellow Sherlock fans. With symbolism and tie-ins, “A Study in Silks” has a depth that is hard to find among modern shelves and a gift for those looking for more. Thank you Ms. Holloway!

Happy Reading!



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Fun and Flashy Fiction

Image from the 2014 Dublin Writers Festival

Image from the 2014 Dublin Writers Festival

Science fiction, literary fiction, and pulp fiction watch out! The new kid on the block is flash fiction. With a limit of 2000 words, it makes an author trim everything that isn’t needed, leaving only the most powerful message behind. Perhaps the most famous is attributed to Ernest Hemingway:

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The shortest of shorts thrive on Facebook, blogs, and other social media. The Writer’s Circle and Writer’s Write both started FF sessions on FB with a prompt. The Final Twist just started a week-long game with daily prompts. Do you want to play?

Happy Reading!




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A Briefing on Manga


'Reading Pile'

‘Reading Pile’

I’m moving. There isn’t much time in between chasing a toddler, repacking all the things she’s just dumped out of a box I just packed, painting walls, and installing hardware that doesn’t scream “I was installed in the 70’s”. But I still need my story fix, something short and sweet to slip between chaotic moments.

Bring on manga. Full of pictures and plot, manga is easy to pick up and put down during hectic days. And delicious when you can read an entire volume in one sitting.

During high-stress times I reach for shoujo. It’s aimed at girls and, like Disney’s princess flicks, ends with uplifting moments and smiles.

When I want a little more meat to my feminine plot, Joesi is the way to go. It’s written for ladies 18-30, more Desperate Housewives and less Cinderella.

Breaking barriers is fun. Maybe that’s why I read Shounen (written for young men – think Pokemon) and Seinen (for men 18-25), usually looking for an action or fantasy journey.

My latest read was Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi. Packed with humor, romance, and excitement, Dengeki Daisy is a shoujo tale about a young girl named Teru whose brother, the only family she has left in her teens, dies. Before he passes away he leaves her a phone, through which a guardian named Daisy contacts her. But Daisy is more than the gentle, faceless, saint he appears. I liked it enough to invest in all 16 volumes, pre-ordering the last.

If the fiscal investment is too high to try a new medium, take a peek at Bato, a site full of fan-translated subs. When you fine the gems you want to invest in, please do. Word artists deserve the support of their fans. (…and it’s nice to eat and pay bills.)


Happy Reading,





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Book Review 101


As my struggle to find reading time continues, I found this gem shared by one of my writing hero teams, Mark and Charlotte Phillips. The words that struck me are ” Anyone who reads book reviews is sure to have come across one of he increasing number of lazy reviews – the ones that make you wonder if the reviewer read the book, or just read the back cover.”, inspiring me to improve and add depth as I continue. The original posting is found at, my tribe of book lovers and creators.

Next week I will be going into the world I found that allowed for time nibbles instead of gulps; the graphic novel.


Happy Reading,


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