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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Live and Let Deitch: flash fiction and the writing process of Nicholas Deitch, a man who wears many hats – by M. Talley.

Live and Let Deitch: flash fiction and the writing process of Nicholas Deitch, a man who wears many hats – by M. Talley. Nicholas Deitch, or Nick, as his friends know him, is a partner at Mainstreet Architects in Ventura, … Continue reading

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Flags for Everette Maddox

In 1979, Everette Maddox, the patron saint of New Orleans Poetry, began assembling friends and other poets for drinking and poetry every Sunday afternoon on the tree shaded patio behind the Maple Leaf Bar.  Thirty seven years later the event … 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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