Category Archives: Short Story

Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross

Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross. (KL) We’re biologically designed to be egocentric. Thus survival is not a problem, it’s a given. It’s also why this conversation makes my left eye twitch: KL: So what is your protagonist’s goal? Writer: To survive. KL: *face palm* Here’s the deal. We ALL have a goal […]

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King Solomon today

Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgment. One of the women claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other […]

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Lexicon of terms in my books

You may find that I use quite a few made up words or words based on cultures that are non-European. Here are a few off the top of my head: The term “Apogee” refers to the point of apsis (or apoapsis) Terra (Gaia) related. Aphelion is the same with the frame of reference being solar […]

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Lexicon of terms in my books

You may find that I use quite a few made up words or words based on cultures that are non-European. Here are a few off the top of my head: The term “Apogee” refers to the point of apsis (or apoapsis) Terra (Gaia) related. Aphelion is the same with the frame of reference being solar […]

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Beware – ‘anthology’ contest – check out the copyrights

Not sure I’d want to enter this one. It looks a lot like I’m giving up all my rights to the work. Their statements about the submission: “By submitting your story, you acknowledge that your entry becomes the property of Biff Bam Pop! and will not be returned or acknowledged” “Ownership/Use Rights Entrants retain the […]

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Story Flow

1. Motivating Event. Begin with an event (either recently past or just happening at the opening. Get the story (and the protagonist) moving. This is what will lead to the main conflict. 2. Increasing Tension. Build tension with a series of events either stemming from the first event or from the protagonist attempting to resolve […]

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What’s the point?

While I usually write in third person limited POV, with ‘actual’ thoughts in italics, I have toyed with omniscient from time to time. It’s difficult to keep straight as Linda has posted on her blog: What’s the point?. by Linda Cassidy Lewis Linda makes a good point on POV confusion. I would add that omniscient […]

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Short Story – Tammi’s Secret – Final Installment

Previous:   Part One   Part Two   Part Three   Part Four   Part Five Her phone rang. Tammi answered it on the first ring. “Doctor?” “No. Sorry, it’s me.” “Oh hi, Dave. How are you?” “The real question is, how are you?” “The doctor says there’s no permanent damage, just a nasty concussion. The MRI was clear.” She […]

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Short Story – Tammi’s Secret – part five

Previous:   Part One   Part Two   Part Three   Part Four “Okay okay. I’ll tell you again.” Dave said to Sergeant Cooper. “I heard a noise around two-thirty, Tammi wasn’t in bed so I got up to see if she was okay. Berry followed me out here.” “And Barry is the dog?” Cooper added a note on […]

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Short Story – Tammi’s Secret – part four

Previous:   Part One   Part Two   Part Three Tammi joined Dave to view the strange photos. “Four blueprints and a sheet of paper on letterhead?” “Yeah.” He zoomed the last one in on the header. “I wonder what ‘ATK’ is?” “Google it.” The results of an Internet search revealed that it was a supplier of high […]

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