A topsy turvy week

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Hello, Write Edge readers! As you can see by the post title, this has been a topsy, turvy week. With family obligations dominating my time and energy, I didn’t get a chance to post everything on the usual Write Edge schedule. Rest assured, however, that I’m doing so today.

That’s right — you get a whole week’s worth of content in one sitting.

As I wrote and revised my posts for this week, I started doing a lot of thinking about the place The Write Edge has in my life. It’s an essential part of my writing career; in fact, it’s the impetus for it. As my career evolves, however, so should this blog. I’m not shutting it down, let’s be clear on that. But I do think it’s worth it for me to take some time to consider how I should treat it so I can represent the best of my writing and reviewing for you and so I can continue pursuing other writing projects as well.

More on that when the anniversary of the blog rolls around. :>

For now, we’re off to all our regular spots for the week! First up comes this week’s short fiction. Check out this snippet of the short story I wrote:

He’d never seen her in a weak moment. She’d never shared anything personal. He’d certainly never seen her cry.

“And did you find solace in how much you hurt others?” Neal asked in a quiet voice.

The tears began streaming faster, but Lyla didn’t answer.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Next is this week’s book review. While walking through the airport a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into one of the bookstores and saw a book about Agatha Christie called A Talent for Murder. I read it and now have my thoughts on it for you. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

Other fans of Christie’s work may disagree with [author Andrew] Wilson’s conclusions, but for once it’s refreshing to see someone famous portrayed as a person in charge of their own decisions. Whether those decisions are good or bad is another discussion, but at least in Wilson’s world Agatha isn’t suffering from drug problems or even the amnestic state her estate and other biographers claim.

Find the whole review on The Write Edge Bookshelf now!

Lastly, my parenting post. I talk about the double standard us parents often adopt and how it creates a crisis of conscience. Just a little part of it:

Some days I feel a little bad about the fact that there are things I did as a kid that I won’t even consider letting my own children do. I would spend hours at their ages biking around the neighborhood and would often cross the street to our neighbors’ home to play with their daughters. There were the sleepovers, of course, and I had my fair share of Happy Meals.

Get the whole post now on Growth Chart!

Thank you for your patience and support as I continue toward my writing goals both on and offline. I hope I can give you another year of great work in 2018. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back next week!

E.R.G.

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Parenting adventures posted!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you. Today I share some special Growth Spurts about our holiday trip to India. While some of you may be expecting details of our excursions to the Taj Mahal or the Golden Temple, and I may yet still share those, I wanted to give you a little bit of a sense of the “every-day” India. Here’s an excerpt:

[I]n a way, this was one of the reasons for us to take the kids to India in the first place, so that they would see how people live on a daily basis. They do get a little bit of exposure from Bollywood films, but movies usually highlight the most glamorous parts of a place. Taking Eleven and Nine to our relatives’ homes gave them an opportunity to see how much was different from the movies and how much was similar to their own lives.

Read the whole post now on Growth Chart!

Have a lovely weekend, readers, and stay warm!

E.R.G.

Short story ideas now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted the short story prompts I’m considering for next week’s story. They include a speedy alien invasion and a sobering experience of moving from one home to another. Read the full prompts now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Have a wonderful day, readers!

E.R.G.