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The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie – slightly revised

The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie – slightly revised

I mentioned in my last post that I thought this story could be improved with the addition of some specifics about sightings of the dogs and anecdotes told about them. I did add some details and think the story is improved. The trick is to add detail but not so much...

An Aunt Truly tale: The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie

An Aunt Truly tale: The indomitable tri-color husky-sheltie

Buster, a tri-color husky-sheltie dog with a lopsided grin and only one ear, is a character in my forthcoming novel, The Kiminee Dream, and Aunt Truly, the enigmatic elderly woman who tells stories in the novel, tells a tale about his origins. I want to include it in...

Getting drawn into a good story

Getting drawn into a good story

I'm fending off a cold, and if you've ever come down with a cold during the holidays, you know how frustrating that can be. At times when I need to rest, nothing beats getting drawn into a good book. I can usually tell if a book is for me by reading the first several...

Nine fine books for holiday giving

Nine fine books for holiday giving

It's not too late to order books as Christmas or holiday gifts, and I have nine fine books in mind to recommend. Some are New York Times bestsellers; others are by independent authors who are relatively unknown. FICTION Books aren’t listed in a particular order: Where...

First Meeting, a poem by Karen Benke

First Meeting, a poem by Karen Benke

With Thanksgiving fast approaching in the United States, I am full of gratitude for so many things. This post's excerpt from Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology I edited and published, features a poem by Karen Benke, one of 76 memoirists, essayists, fiction...

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