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Call Me Vicki

My father was the first to call me Thumbelina. I adored it as a young child. It sounded like a term of endearment to an attention-hungry middle child of seven sibs, wedged in a family where kind words were handed … Continue reading

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Intro to The Long Fadeout crime/suspense novel

  Intro: September (by Max Talley) Keith Bender hated the desert. He had always despised it: a hot and dry wasteland where people withered to brittle husks before reaching perdition. Bender awoke slouched on the caked Nevada soil with his … Continue reading

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Papa at the Window

20151110_145423 (1)Some think that death is the end, that there can be nothing without the brain, the portal of all our sensations and the maker of all our perceptions. There are no lingering spirits to guard with watchful purpose those left behind. No restless ghosts rattling chains in the night… Continue reading

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Some Things You Should Know about Story (Six, to Be Precise)

photo by authorImagine a TV Guide synopsis of Hamlet: “Gloomy Dane pursues his father’s assassin.” It sounds stupid but it’s important that you basically know the shape of the story you’re going to tell, or at least have a rough idea of its beginning, middle, and end… Continue reading

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