Short stories

On the road again…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’m writing this blog post from the car. Still a little incredible that I can reach all of you from inside a moving vehicle (don’t worry, I’m not driving. I’m talented, but even my talents have their limits. :>) Our family traveled for this long weekend to Chicago and are on the way back.

Visiting the city always makes me think about my time there as a graduate student, and sometimes I can’t help wonder what my life would have been like if it had taken a different turn at one point or another. The possibilities; the challenges. The hopes and dreams that might have come from those alternate lives.

It’s one reason why I love my career in this creative field. Through my characters and their life choices, I have the opportunity to experience modes of life that I would never encounter otherwise. Those of you who also follow artistic paths know what I’m talking about.

To that end, here’s this week’s motivational quote:

“I write because I want to have more than one life.”—Anne Tyler

I’ve also posted this week’s short fiction. Because I went with micro fiction this week, I’m not going to give you an excerpt. I would, however, encourage you to check it out on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Last week saw the release of the thriller I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll. Find out what I thought of the book in a couple of days on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Finally, at the end of the week, I’ll post a new segment in my parenting adventures. Find out more on Friday on Growth Chart!

Have a lovely week, readers!



Fall is peeking around the corner…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I don’t know how many of you are seeing fall temps yet, but we’re finally getting them in Central Illinois. I just checked the 10-day forecast, and it looks like the weather will hold in fall temperatures…for now.

Just because the weather is changing, though, doesn’t mean other things have to change (well, not much anyway. There’s always the hope that a person will improve in certain areas, accomplish goals, etc., which, technically would be a change…but I digress.) 😀

In any case, let’s start our week. First, our inspirational quote. You know, the hard maths and sciences are so essential to our world, and the arts are just as essential. The former deal with the tangible, every-day aspects of living; the latter deal with our emotions. Our hearts. Our selves.

“We read books to find out who we are.”—Ursula K. Le Guin

And now on to this week’s short story. I had fun with this one, and I hope you do too. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Harper stopped walking at that one and cocked an eye at the reporter. “You mean like a bribe?”

The woman—the girl—swallowed hard. Her smile wavered for a minute, but she didn’t let it slip all the way. Instead she pushed her smart phone closer to his face.

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

On Wednesday you’ll get a brand new book review from me. I read Scars Like Wings by YA author Erin Stewart. Find out in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf what I thought of it!

Lastly, this Friday we’re back to Instagram. Be sure to check out my previous Insta-pics on the app with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page (where there’s all sorts of other fun stuff too that’s unique to Facebook.)

Have a fantastic week, readers!