Short stories

Good (early) morning!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! After a long time, I’m greeting you first thing in the morning. I’m so excited to be doing so, as well as excited about the fact that I have a full week’s worth of content to offer you.

First, our motivational quote of the week. I think it’s encouraging us to consider our perspective. It’s always so easy to allow the negative events of the world get us down. Sometimes, though, we need to focus on the positive — and the possibilities.

“No, I do not weep at the world—I’m too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”—Zora Neale Hurston

Now for this week’s short story. It’s a little scary, to me at least, that the writing prompt I picked has to do with the ocean. So did our motivational quote. Is my subconscious at work overtime in some strange capacity that I don’t know? Here’s an excerpt of this week’s new fiction.

“Ever since the rise of climate change, scientists from all disciplines have been working together to figure out what the hell is going on and how we can fix it. NASA got involved when NOAA asked us to step in, because they kept getting readings on their instruments that just didn’t make any sense with all the knowledge we have about marine life. What we found…”

She shuddered, looked around the bar again, and then grabbed her purse.

“I’m sorry, I need to go home.”

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

On Wednesday I’ll share a new book review with you. This week I’m offering my thoughts on Small Spaces, a new middle grade novel by author Katherine Arden. You’ll find that review in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

Finally, at the end of the week, a new set of parenting adventures. Come back to read my musings on the summer, my thoughts on becoming the parent of one teen and two middle schoolers, and more. Check it out on Friday on Growth Chart!

Have a wonderful week, readers!



Just another manic Monday…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Well, it wasn’t truly a manic Monday. I did manage to drop an entire gallon of milk on the floor — right after bringing it home from the grocery store, no less — but if that’s the extent of the mania of my days, I’ll take it. :>

I realize I’m posting late tonight, but I couldn’t go to bed without doing so. I’m back from all my travels and ready to get to work again. That includes talking to all of you on a regular basis!

During that trip to the store today, I saw several families with school supply lists in hand. It made me think of my childhood. Funny enough, since today’s motivational quote also has to do with the early years from someone who is an expert on them:

“Happily, an essential part of myself—my dreaming life—still lives in the potent, urgent light of childhood.”—Maurice Sendak

In today’s newest short fiction for you, I touch on the idea of childhood and leaving it behind. Here’s a short excerpt:

I didn’t want Jon to know how much I’d miss him this fall. I couldn’t say that to my big brother. Boys aren’t supposed to get all mushy about crap like that.

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

On Wednesday I’ll have two new book reviews for you. The first is for the latest by British thriller writer Ruth Ware. Her novel, The Turn of the Key, is on sale tomorrow. Find out in the middle of the week what I thought about it. Then stay tuned for the second review on Wednesday of the middle grade thriller novel Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. Come back to The Write Edge Bookshelf for both in the middle of the week!

At the end of the week it’s back to regular Instagram pics. Can’t wait to share those with you. Check them out on Friday!

Have a great week, readers!


Instagram — again!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! With the kids out of town this week, I thought I’d save the juicy Growth Chart tidbits for another Friday. In the meantime, check out my latest post on Instagram with my handle, @EktaRGarg. This time it’s a video about Elemental Tales, the anthology featuring one of my short stories. The book is on sale at a lower price, so check it out now, read and review it, and support indie authors.

(And if you’re not on Instagram, find the post on my Facebook author page.)

Have a great weekend, readers!