Crawling back toward normal…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s a dreary Monday afternoon here in Central Illinois, but around our house the mood is upbeat. The kids are back to school — online, that is — and they’re excited to be in touch with their teachers and friends in a structured setting again. The best part? I didn’t have to change out of my PJs all day to drive them places (well, I might have driven to school in my PJs anyway, but that’s beside the point.)

Getting back to something resembling a normal routine means we get to jump back into the fray with our regular content here on The Write Edge. First, though, I have a special announcement. On Friday, I’ll be a guest on The Writescast Network as part of their Profiles in Encouragement series! Check out this quick one-minute teaser for the podcast. I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live later this week.

Now, on to our regularly-scheduled program. :>

First, our motivational quote. Some of what we’re hearing from around the country and the world sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi novel. The best stories, as many have said, come from the truth, and this week’s quote can attest to that.

“Fiction is…made-up stuff, lies, but it won’t let you lie about the important things. If you lie about the important things…it will spit it out and let you know it.”—Bipin Aurora

Next, on to this week’s short fiction. I have to confess, the inspiration for this one came from the house construction happening next door. Combine that with a little bit of research, and, well… Here’s an excerpt:

For once he wished he could climb into the basement hole and just lie there. Just enjoy the feel of the earth around him, its coolness crumbling over his fingers and face. Just breathe in the scent of nature without the smell of smoke.

That’s enough, Artie. No thoughts about smoke today. You need to leave.

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

COVID-19 may have kept may of us indoors, but that’s actually a bookworm’s dream come true. This Wednesday I’ll share the review of a brand new book with you. Come back to find out what I think about And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton. You check out that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday I’ll give you an update on the kids and what we’re up to during this time of social distancing. It’s my COVID-19 installment of Growth Chart at the end of the week!

Have a great day and week, readers. Keep calm and stay at home!


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