Reading For Writers and Writing to Be Read: Love and Support for Indie Authors

To read indie fiction and not be overly critical, it helps to read like a writer. Is there story? If yes, forgive.

Jared Sparks Ghost Detective #2: The Case of the Missing Ghost

Before she entered Murphy’s Pub, her third Irish bar in two days, Anastasia Brown sent a text to the office. She was supposedly snarled in traffic as she returned from the courthouse with a copy of the deed Jared needed. She worked for the Sparks Agency, a ghost and nephew run firm. Even though Anastasia’sContinue reading “Jared Sparks Ghost Detective #2: The Case of the Missing Ghost”

Jared Sparks Ghost Detective: Investigator Wanted

Anastasia Brown stepped down from the bus, narrowly avoiding a puddle with one foot but straight into it with the left. She was wearing her black, sparkly pumps she had bought for an evening medical school party. She knew they were inappropriate for an interview. Groceries or new shoes–such were her choices these days. WithContinue reading “Jared Sparks Ghost Detective: Investigator Wanted”

Back Porch Reading #4

Short reading recommendations, as you escape your house/office for a mug of joe on the porch–Sasquatch and Silver Lands folklore, a short story by Mark Twain, and a few comments about music. Sasquatch and the Bear American Folklore is a favorite website of mine for short reading. It is a whole library of stories fromContinue reading “Back Porch Reading #4”

Back Porch Reading #3

A third week of short reading recommendations, as you escape your house/office for a mug of joe on the porch–the book I finished yesterday, an article about writing fantasy, and a Netflix movie review. Yesterday I finished reading Unlonely Planet by Billy Curry. Having canceled our plans for international travel in October, this book gaveContinue reading “Back Porch Reading #3”

Back Porch Reading #2

More recommendations for short reading, as you escape your house/office for a mug of joe on the porch–a kindku, a short story by Charlie Fish, and a short story by me. Kindku Brain Break From this post by Word Craft〜Prose & Poetry, I learned what a kindku is and then wrote one. This was aContinue reading “Back Porch Reading #2”

Back Porch Reading

Recommendations for short reading, as you escape your house/office for a mug of joe on the porch–a blog post, a short story, and a few speeches. Women Artists in Brittany Stunning images and stellar research about women who produced art while living in Brittany. If you love art or history or both, check out thisContinue reading “Back Porch Reading”

Murder Ballads: Why I Did What I Did

Murder ballads lurk on the dark side of folklore. From The Twa Sisters, an old Northumbrian song, to The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, written and sung by Bob Dylan, murder ballads narrate what happens when selfishness, jealousy, abuse, and revenge come into play.  Paul Slade describes murder ballads as “tabloid newspapers set to music,”Continue reading “Murder Ballads: Why I Did What I Did”

Bananas, Lawyers, and Brad

Bananas A nerdy paper I much enjoyed writing had a catchy title, something like “A Discourse Analysis of the Narrative Joke”.  It featured my father-in-law, Brad, the best joke teller I have ever known personally. He told me several jokes which I recorded and then analyzed. Not many people tell long jokes.  I would loveContinue reading “Bananas, Lawyers, and Brad”