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Crawling back toward normal…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s a dreary Monday afternoon here in Central Illinois, but around our house the mood is upbeat. The kids are back to school — online, that is — and they’re excited to be in touch with their teachers and friends in a structured setting again. The best part? I didn’t have to change out of my PJs all day to drive them places (well, I might have driven to school in my PJs anyway, but that’s beside the point.)

Getting back to something resembling a normal routine means we get to jump back into the fray with our regular content here on The Write Edge. First, though, I have a special announcement. On Friday, I’ll be a guest on The Writescast Network as part of their Profiles in Encouragement series! Check out this quick one-minute teaser for the podcast. I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live later this week.

Now, on to our regularly-scheduled program. :>

First, our motivational quote. Some of what we’re hearing from around the country and the world sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi novel. The best stories, as many have said, come from the truth, and this week’s quote can attest to that.

“Fiction is…made-up stuff, lies, but it won’t let you lie about the important things. If you lie about the important things…it will spit it out and let you know it.”—Bipin Aurora

Next, on to this week’s short fiction. I have to confess, the inspiration for this one came from the house construction happening next door. Combine that with a little bit of research, and, well… Here’s an excerpt:

For once he wished he could climb into the basement hole and just lie there. Just enjoy the feel of the earth around him, its coolness crumbling over his fingers and face. Just breathe in the scent of nature without the smell of smoke.

That’s enough, Artie. No thoughts about smoke today. You need to leave.

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

COVID-19 may have kept may of us indoors, but that’s actually a bookworm’s dream come true. This Wednesday I’ll share the review of a brand new book with you. Come back to find out what I think about And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton. You check out that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday I’ll give you an update on the kids and what we’re up to during this time of social distancing. It’s my COVID-19 installment of Growth Chart at the end of the week!

Have a great day and week, readers. Keep calm and stay at home!

E.R.G.

Better late than never

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I realize I’m two days late to post for this week. It’s been a little bit of a bumpy start to the week with everyone trying to figure out what social distancing actually means. While the kids were technically going to be on spring break this week anyway, the “break” from everything takes on an ominous sound when we’ve been told the “break” doesn’t have an end yet.

News reports have been coming in of people going to both extremes: some hoarding toilet paper and others living it up on the beach with hundreds more. One man — and I’m not making this up or exaggerating — said he was on the beach and not worried about COVID-19 because there was mostly sand everywhere and not as many surfaces to touch.

Well. I truly hope he and his loved ones are okay. But a little caution never hurt anyone, now, did it?

Rest assured, readers, I’m still here and still healthy. Just trying to get into the rhythm of a new (hopefully temporary) way of life. So even though it’s Wednesday, let’s get started on our week, shall we?

First, our weekly motivational quote. I think this definitely goes back to the idea of staying informed, but it’s also inspirational. It reminds us that while we’re living through a scary time, humankind has survived all sorts of catastrophes and survived.

“The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency—the belief that the here and now is all there is.”—Allan Bloom

Next is this week’s short fiction. Yes, I know that it was supposed to come out two days ago. Yes, I know that the date on top of it is for Monday. Let’s just play pretend and say it posted that day, shall we? 😀

I’m in the last revisions of my novel, which I plan to start pitching to agents in the coming weeks. In the meantime, a wisp of a new idea has started rolling around in the back of my brain. This week’s short story is just a small taste of it. Here’s an excerpt:

The servant gulped and shook his head hard, babbling about all the ways he would keep his word. After several moments of his effusive speech, the man banished him for the rest of the day. He yelled that he wanted to be left alone to think.

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

I’ve also got a new book review for you. A couple of weeks ago, the murder mystery One Little Lie by Colleen Coble released. I have that review for you today. Here’s the opening to my post:

A woman gets her father’s old job and is challenged by the biggest atrocities her town has seen in years. She’ll need to do everything she can to forget her traumatic past and focus on her work, all while she reconsiders the idea of faith, if she wants to succeed. Christian author Colleen Coble places a woman in a traditionally man’s role in the fairly likable novel One Little Lie.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And if you’re following the schedule around here, this Friday is all-new Instagram posts. Be sure to check those out. I’ll definitely come back to remind you of them, but if you haven’t seen the older posts, find me on Instagram with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page where you can also find other fun stuff exclusive to Facebook.

Stay safe, everyone. Wash your hands well and often. Use the technology at your disposal to stay in touch with friends (even if that means using something as old-fashioned as a  “phone” to make a “phone call.” :D) Help yourselves and each other, and stay in touch. We WILL get through this together if we use common sense and keep encouraging one another.

E.R.G.