The Significance of Snapdragons


  I took a chance and entered a fantasy story in The Write Practice’s spring contest. You can read The Significance of Snapdragons over at Short Fiction Break, where all the contest stories were published….

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Great Fantasy Series: The Tainted Accords


  What do I want to read next? If you’re like me, that’s a question you ask just about every day. Sometimes, it’s not an easy question to answer. Then there are those wonderful days,…

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Three (Really Five) Fantasy Novels


A few piles of dirty snow still line my driveway. The yellowed grass is showing signs of turning green. Now that spring is here, there’s not as much time for reading. In spite of the…

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Death of an Alien


  A short sci-fi story for your reading pleasure. The windshield wipers barely kept up with the downpour. Natalie leaned over the steering wheel to peer into the darkness. She strained to see the faint…

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Reading for Winter Days


  Winter in Wisconsin is a great time to sit by the fire and read. This month I found a few gems you might like. A Horseman Riding By I first read RF Delderfield’s classic…

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The Sacrifice

Businesswoman against backdrop of gears

What would you do if you were asked to fire someone unjustly? This piece of flash fiction explores that question.  Rachel stared at the phone in her hand, then let it drop into her lap….

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Always Time to Read


I scurried around the house, trying to get in in proper order before our friends arrived. They were coming to visit my husband, following his surgery. It was a kind and thoughtful gesture. Instead, all…

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Distractions, Real and Imagined

Working Schedule

So it’s January 10. I’m still not in the work groove. Not for lack of intending to. I wish I could say I’ve been trying. That’s true, sort of. This should be me: Instead, this…

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The Search for a Resentment-Free Gift

Wrapped gifts

  Choosing Christmas gifts for most people on my list is a joy. From time to time, though, I confess to a little resentment. Not at all the right spirit, I’m afraid. So for all…

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Squeezing Out Some Time To Read

Red Christmas background

Writing Christmas cards. Shopping. Planning travel. Wrapping. Baking. Decorating. Is it any surprise I’m not finding as much time to read these days? I did manage to squeeze in a few books. Here are two…

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