Attempting the remarkable

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Hello, Write Edge readers! First, some exciting news. The very first Once Upon A Wednesday anthology is out now! As a quick recap, I’m a member of the Authors’ Tale writers group on Facebook, and back in the fall I got invited to contribute a story to the group’s first anthology of works.

I submitted a creative nonfiction piece about the challenges of finding a home in a new town, but the anthology also includes fiction and stories in multiple genres. You can find it here on Amazon in paperback or ebook form. Please check it out and support the group as well as our chosen charity, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. And, of course, if you read the anthology, leave a review!


Today’s post heading has some resonance for me, because I’m feeling lousy. I’ve spent the last week suffering from a cold that just refuses to let go. So if I’m attempting to do anything at all, I consider it remarkable.

Of course, I think the person who made the statement found in today’s motivational quote probably had other things in mind. Even in my congested state, I can appreciate that. I can even attempt it, not that I may get far. But I can still try, and I think that effort can be considered remarkable in and of itself. For more on this and the full quote, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I’ve also posted this week’s flash fiction for you. I went through a phase in college where I made strident attempts to make every short story remarkable. I don’t know if I always succeeded. But today’s flash piece is reminiscent of those good old days. Here’s an excerpt:

As the heat of the morning touched the earth, the globe changed position. It rose from its stadium seat and climbed for a better view. A better view for it of the morning meant a lesser view for us of it.

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share two new book reviews with you. Neither of these are of fiction books, however, so those of you looking for novels might have to wait a week. This week’s reviews are meant solely for my fellow word warriors, reviews of craft books and whether I think they’re worth your time. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought of both The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi as well as How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell. Both of those reviews will join the list on The Write Edge Writing Workshop day after tomorrow.

Next week is the last Monday of the month, which means our monthly writers showcase where I share some of the writing from other writers that I liked this month, and at the end of the week I’ll have a whole new post on parenting on Growth Chart.

Have a great week, readers!


Latest Spurts now up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you, and all of these come from the land of the Mouse. Here’s an excerpt:

“I’ll be twelve going on thirteen then,” Eight said toward the end of the day.

“I’ll be fourteen going on fifteen,” Ten said. “I haven’t even thought that far ahead!”

Read the special Disney Spurts now on Growth Chart!

Have a wonderful day and weekend, readers!


Latest parenting adventures now posted!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest adventures in parenting for you. Here’s an excerpt:

That’s not to say that telling the kids what to do is much fun. They usually end up stomping away, full pouts making their lips curl. That leaves me feeling like a heel. No one likes to play bad cop, but that usually becomes my default role.

It’s a lousy job.

Read about the whole adventure now on Growth Chart!

Have a lovely weekend, readers!