The Joy of Books in Boxes

When I was in middle school, my mother subscribed to a Harlequin Romance book club. Every month, four new mass market titles would arrive in a plain cardboard box. And, even though the books were for my mom, she graciously allowed me to open that box every month. I got to be the first person... Continue Reading →

Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide

I was provided an e-ARC of ForgeFiction's newest release Journeys Through Faladon: The Titan Divide in return for an honest review. It's been a while since I've done a Thursday Review, and I'm running behind on this one as it is -- seeing as how it launched two weeks ago, so let's jump in. But... Continue Reading →

#YouToo: 365 Project from Fantomvagn Films

It's here! The first film based on one of my 100-word stories: #YouToo. Here's the film and the original story. https://vimeo.com/385176687?fbclid=IwAR0ghRQa5unKrzqtmER2KbxnIAwX87XmfoeQx7f5AQIGzqnbLc3ZVl8ugsg

The Yellow Manuscript by Jenny Maloney

New American Legends just picked up my longer-than-100-word short story “The Yellow Manuscript.” You can check it out here.

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THE YELLOW MANUSCRIPT by Jenny Maloney

Sylvie Andrews found the dead man’s hidden manuscript in the false bottom of a drawer in his roll-top desk.

It was the stuff of daydreams for a graduate English major to be allowed into legendary novelist George Pickerman’s study in the first place. To find three hundred single-spaced typed pages which had never been seen before was like something out of an Indiana Jones movie; it was all Sylvie could do not to shout in triumph or pee her pants. A false drawer bottom? Really? Who did that?

Pickerman, who had been compared alternatively to H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King, had grown reclusive in later life — which drew even more comparisons, this time to J.D. Salinger. After his sudden death, his wife had made a call to the top graduate programs in the country for three or four Pickerman scholars…

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Edith Wharton on Writing a War Story…or a Love Story…or a Comedic Story…or a Story Story

In September 1919, Woman's Home Companion published a lovely little nugget of story by Edith Wharton. "Writing a War Story" is the tale of Ivy Spang, a poetess-turned-short-story-writer. Working as a nurse in France during WWI, Miss Spang is commissioned by an editor at the magazine "The Man-at-Arms." He tells her that he wishes her to... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Work Place Avoidance

I'm sure most of you are at work or doing something distracting you from writing. But RIGHT NOW: Write something creative--whether it's on a piece of receipt you pull from the cash register you're at, a scratch piece of paper from your printer, or on the very device you're "cheating" at work with and then... Continue Reading →

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