short fiction

A little something extra to keep you warm

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s Wednesday, and, yes, I know I was supposed to be here two days ago for you. Between the kids having the day off on Monday for Veteran’s Day, the snow coming down in torrents, and me working on my novel…well, it was a day when some things (like meeting my novel writing goals for the week) got done and others didn’t.

It’s still pretty cold here in Central Illinois, and as meteorologists tell us most of the country is experiencing some sort of chilly effects (even if that means it’s 60 degrees where you’d normally have 80!) To that end, I thought I’d give you something a little extra to keep you warm — all the content I would have normally posted so far in the week here today.

First, this week’s motivational quote. Hey, just ’cause it’s Wednesday doesn’t mean we couldn’t use a little bit of inspiration, right? Hopefully, writers, it’ll make you smile and also think at the same time:

“The writer who breeds

More words than he needs

Is making a chore

For the reader who reads.”—Dr. Seuss

Next, I’m posting this week’s short story. I know, I know, it’s not Monday — what’s UP with all this? 😀 Well, like I said, it’s an extra-content kind of day. And it’s the kind of day where we could use some warm fuzzies. This story, believe it or not, is inspired by a true story of people who helped out at a Waffle House recently. It’s reassuring to know there’s still kindness in the world.

Here’s an excerpt:

Julie ran a rag over the countertop in a half-hearted motion. She yawned, which made Cam yawn. Brenda tried to stifle her yawn with her fist, but she couldn’t. That made Cam yawn again, and all three of them laughed.

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

Next, I’ve got a brand new book review for you. I’m normally not a fan of books or stories in the horror genre, but occasionally I’ll come across something that catches my eye. This week that’s Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read by Daniel Charles Wild. Here’s the opening to my post:

A product that helps people come back to life after death. Two iconic American monuments battling one another. Choosing between love and uncertainty or stability and loneliness in parallel universes. Author Daniel Charles Wild mines these innovative concepts and more in ten excellent standalone pieces in his new collection Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And finally…no, I’m not posting this week’s Growth Chart early. But you can come back on Friday for my latest parenting adventures. See you then, readers, and stay warm!

E.R.G.

And we’re into November!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Can you believe it, the penultimate month of the year? (I love that word, “penultimate.” It just sounds so fun when you say it. :D) In other words, we’re almost to Thanksgiving. Which is almost to December. And Christmas. And family and good food and time off…and snow. Okay, so maybe I’m not a big fan of everything this time of year has to offer, but there are plenty of good things.

Like good writing. I’ve been going gangbusters on my novel, and I’m having way more fun than should be allowed. I get excited to sit in front of my computer every day, and I’m grinning when I’m done. So, hopefully, if this novel ever gets sold and published, you’ll be able to enjoy all the excitement with me. But in the meantime, I have plenty of other good content to keep you engaged.

First, this week’s motivational quote. I love this in particular, because it’s a reminder that most events in our day are really not going to make or break us. They may discourage us; they may motivate us to shoot higher. But in the end, it’s what we do with those events that determines whether our dreams come true.

“If you get a great review, it’s really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a bad review, it’s really crushing for ten minutes. Either way, you go on.”—Ann Patchett

Next, this week’s short story. If you read it, you’ll know that I was having way too much fun envisioning this scenario. I don’t know if my friend in law enforcement would nod his head at the fact that it sounds somewhat plausible or just roll his eyes at me. Either way, it was a blast to write. Here’s an excerpt:

Clara pushed past me and ripped her purse open at the same time. She held up her gun. My heart was pumping so hard, I was afraid I’d die of cardiac arrest right there. Forget the backup, I needed an ambulance.

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

On Wednesday, I’ll offer you a brand new book review. This time I’m sharing my thoughts on the upcoming release The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. Find my thoughts in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And on Friday, we’re back to Instagram posts. There are some dreary days lined up for Central Illinois this week, as for much of the country, so I hope my posts brighten up your day. Find older Insta-pics with my handle @EktaRGarg or on my Facebook author page (where you’ll also find other fun content that I don’t post anywhere else.)

Have a fantastic week, readers!

E.R.G.

Rainy days and Mondays…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Here in Central Illinois, it’s a gray, rainy day. I hope some of you are getting some sunshine.

Despite the rain, though, we need to soldier on. For me, that means posting this week’s short fiction and then turning my attention to my novel. I now have a reader who’s waiting for chapters every week. She’s a dear friend who can also be kind of mean when I don’t meet deadlines; never mind that I was the one who set the deadlines in the first place. 😀

First, though, this week’s motivational quote. It’s a reminder that we all have the capacity to do something, no matter how big or small:

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King Jr

Now for this week’s short fiction. If you read all the way to the end, you’ll see that one of the characters feel the exact same as this quote. No matter what, we can’t give up. Here’s a snippet of the story:

He pulled in front of the mailbox two houses down from 696 Bridgeport Lane, scanned the pieces in the rubber band, and slid it through the slot. This mailbox was locked. More and more people were doing that now. Made delivering mail even harder. That and when boxes got full or people forgot to pick up their mail.

It made him think again of the house two doors back.

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

Next, in the middle of the week I’ll bring you a brand new book review. This week I’ll share my thoughts on the memoir Here We Are by Aarti Namdev Shahani. Check it out on The Write Edge Bookshelf on Wednesday!

And, finally, you get more Insta-pics at the end of the week. Check out previous Instagram posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or by visiting my Facebook author page (where there’s other fun stuff too.)

Have a fantastic week, readers!

E.R.G.