Short stories

Hello, spring!

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Good afternoon, Write Edge readers! We’re officially moving toward spring (of course, I say that now, but last year in late April we got snow over a Friday/Saturday, so, really, who knows?) The weather is warmer, and many of us in Central IL are wearing short sleeves. Finally!

We’re at the start of another week, which means we have to get off the ground with this week’s motivational quote. This one, I think, speaks to those big life goals I keep talking about — those passions we’re all pursuing and fighting for every day. It’s easy, sometimes, to feel lost or unsure of ourselves. In moments like those, maybe the best course of action is to put one foot in front of the other:

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” — Thomas Carlyle

I’ve also posted my short story for you. Here’s a quick excerpt of it:

“Date of birth?”

She confirmed that as well as the address and bobbed on her toes.

“Your test results came back positive, ma’am.”

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share my latest book review with you. This Wednesday I’m offering thoughts on the debut literary short story collection And Ampersand by r.r. campbell. Find that on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And, on Friday, we’re back to Instagram and more fun photos. Find out what I’m up to with writing and life on my profile with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or by checking out thumbnails of the pictures here on the home page. Come back Friday for more fun details!

Wear a mask; stay socially distant. Wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Have a fantastic day and week, readers!


Spring, here we come!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! We’ve officially passed the spring equinox here in the northern hemisphere, which means warmer weather is on its way. For those of us who live farther north, we’re excited about shedding our heavy winter jackets. If that means light sweatshirts for a little while, so be it. We’re just thrilled to see the sun for long stretches.

It’s Monday, so that means our motivational quote first. I read an interesting article this morning that talked about the necessity for writers and other artists to find meaning in their own work. There are millions of people creating art every single day. We can’t sit around waiting for others to find meaning in what we express — we have to find meaning in it for ourselves and then share it with others. I’d like to think that this week’s quote speaks to that same idea of necessity, of how much an artist has to look inward in order to share something of worth.

“Story is to human beings what the pearl is to the oyster.”—Joseph Gold

Today is also the last Monday of the month, which means our monthly writers’ showcase. I have stories that will make you do a double-take and those that might leave you feeling a little sad. They’re still beautiful, all the same. Check out all of them on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Martha Hall Kelly, the author of the incredible book Lilac Girls and Lost Roses is back with another historical fiction novel, this time set during the Civil War. Come back Wednesday to find out what I thought about Sunflower Sisters on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And on Friday, it’s back to Instagram posts. Find out what images have captured my mood and mind, along with my #bookreviewpreview for next week. Check it out at the end of the week on Instagram, and find previous posts using my handle, @EktaRGarg.

Wear a mask; stay socially distant. Wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Have a lovely day, readers!


Last full week of March!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Here we are close to the end of the month, in the last full week of it, actually. The weather is starting to get better in many places, and hope is starting to lift spirits. It’s also starting to make people a little careless when it comes to the pandemic.

Please. Wear a mask. Stay socially distant. Wash your hands. Find out about the vaccine. We’re closer now than ever before at beating this. Help the effort by staying patient.

Okay, enough of the PSA. :> We’re off and running on a full week of content here. First, it’s our motivational quote for the week, and, actually, maybe we need to circle back to the PSA for just a minute. If you make efforts in your community, others will see you. That’ll definitely make a difference. One of our oldest presidents made a note of it.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”—John Quincy Adams

This week’s short story is about an older gentleman who is being sought for advice. People in the story world think of him as a leader because of his age. Here’s a quick excerpt of my newest work:

“Wouldn’t you know it, my number never did come up but Daddy’s did. After he came home in a box, Momma pretty much stopped talking altogether. I did my best to take care of her, but she just didn’t look at anyone the same way. Sometimes she’d reach out and straighten my hair or my collar or what-have-you, but she never said much of anything at all.

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

In last week’s #bookreviewpreview, I announced I’d be reviewing Cloudmaker this Wednesday. Unfortunately that book has been added to my DNF (Did Not Finish) pile. I’m hoping to have a review of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley for you this Wednesday. We’ll find out together in the middle of the week what book shows up on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And, on Friday, it’s back to parenting adventures. Find out what the kids and I are up to; come back to the blog at the end of the week to Growth Chart!

I’ve already done the PSA, so I won’t bug you with it again, but, please, take care of yourselves and one another. Even if it’s hard.

Have a lovely day and week, readers!