Creative writing

Last full week of January!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s the last full week of January, and it’s a blustery one here in Central Illinois. I think the man on the radio said our low tonight would be a “balmy” 9 degrees. That might mean an extra blanket tonight.

In the meantime, I’m writing and reading and sharing all of that with you. First, my latest short story for the week. In a slight departure from other things I’ve posted recently, I decided to go with a sweet little scene. Life doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom all the time, right? We can also agonize over the more “commonplace” situations too, because we all know that when we’re in the middle of those moments those circumstances don’t feel so common after all.

To that end, here’s the once-sentence excerpt for this week’s story.

“Shhh! The baby only just went to sleep, and Ritu is finally sleeping as well.”

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

This past Friday on Instagram, I teased the book I’m reviewing for this week. Tomorrow sees the release of The Appeal by Janice Hallett. Find out on Wednesday what I thought of the novel on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And, finally, Friday brings more Instagram posts and an introspective Growth Chart about — what else? — kids growing up. :>

Before everything else, of course, take care of each other and then yourselves.

Have a great week, readers!

E.R.G.

Midweek bonus!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Apologies for not posting on Monday. It was a day off for the kids, as many of you probably already know with your own families, which makes it a little harder to dedicate whole swaths of my day to writing/posting. However, I did get to this week’s flash fiction, which I’ve had time to polish and now post for you. Here’s the one-sentence excerpt:

A last memory clicked into place, and when her eyes popped open sweat beaded her brow.

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

Next, this week’s book review. As promised on Instagram last week, this week I’m giving you my thoughts on A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham. Here’s the opening to my post:

A woman is forced to relive the memories of a horrific crime from her childhood when similar crimes begin happening again. As she fights to maintain some normalcy, she begins to suspect that the new crime wave is connected to her. Author Stacy Willingham gives readers a solid debut in the mostly compelling but sometimes problematic novel A Flicker in the Dark.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday I’ll share what I’m reviewing for next week (look for it on my posts with #bookreviewpreview) as well as other fun things from my corner of the world. Check out older posts using my handle, @EktaRGarg, or check them out on my Facebook author page.

Don’t forget to take care of each other and then yourselves, readers!

E.R.G.

Warmer weather on the way!

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Good evening, Write Edge readers! We’ve just survived a week of frigid temperatures here in Central Illinois, but the kind meteorologists locally and nationally promise warmer weather is on the way — yay! That means spring is practically here, right? 😀

Well, maybe not quite. But we do have here, now, is great content coming your way this week. First, this week’s short story. A reminder to anyone who might have missed my new year’s post last week: this year I’m dedicating The Write Edge Writing Workshop to micro fiction, which many sites/experts say comes in at around 300 words or less. Because I tend to write long, I know I need this challenge to help me tighten my prose and really pick my words with care.

Micro fiction is really short, so I won’t be offering the paragraph-long excerpts as teasers. Instead, I’ll give you a single line from each week’s short short fiction. Hopefully those single lines will entice you to want to read more.

Here’s the excerpt from this week’s story:

There it was in black and white: a balance of zero.

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

On Wednesday I’ll share a new book review with you. Tomorrow sees the release of Diane Chamberlain’s newest novel, The Last House on the Street. Find out what I thought of this book in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Then, on Friday, we go back to Instagram where I share bits and pieces of my writing and non-writing life. Check out older posts by finding me on the app with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or go to my Facebook author page. You can also see quick previews here on the home page of The Write Edge.

Also, I know the holidays are done, but if you’re still in the mood for a quick holiday read, please do check out my debut novella, The Truth About Elves. Readers are falling in love with Curtis and the entire gang at the Arctic Circle; join them!

Your assignment this week, readers: take care of each other and then yourselves.

Have a great night!

E.R.G.