Top 3 Comma Errors To Avoid

Alternate title: Oh God a Post on Commas Whyyyyyyy Well, no. We don’t have to. But a couple of things happened recently that brought us here. The first was a response I left on Twitter. It was more a subtle jab at my grammar-nerdy self than an actual question (hence the lack of question mark).…

Flash Fiction: Fishing

This week’s piece comes courtesy of the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story deep waters. I may or may not have asked a book character to appear in this one. I’ll say which one after the story, in case you haven’t guessed by then. Fishing My…

Flash Fiction: A Little Something

Welcome to my response to the flash fiction prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to nourish. The characters can nourish or be nourished.  Since today is Mother’s Day, I put a bit of a maternal spin on it. Enjoy! A Little Something I open the pantry,…

Guest Story: Heirloom by Matthew Crocker

It is my privilege to share with you the story of an upcoming author who I don’t hesitate to say will be the next Stephen King. Matthew Crocker (follow him here) is well established in the writing community on Twitter, and while he’s been developing his craft, he hasn’t yet published any of his short…

Flash Fiction: Shield Your Face

This week’s flash fiction piece comes courtesy of the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that declares, shield your face. It can be a knight of old, a doctor, or a senior citizen. What is the circumstance? Who makes the declaration?  I hope you enjoy the…

Flash Fiction: Tap Tap

Tap Tap With my gradebook in hand, I meander between the short desks, checking on my grid as students show me that they brought their homework. I finish and proceed to my desk, bending over to input my class’s attendance on my computer. I feel a tap tap on my arm. “One second,” I say. Tap…

When Cabin Fever Strikes, The Puns Run Wild

How are you all faring in our social distancing efforts? Fortunately, cabin fever is the only type of fever affecting my family. We were going for walks if possible, but today’s weather looks like this. Happy first day of spring. So as I was scrolling through twitter and wondering what to do with my time,…

Flash Fiction: The Invitation

Welcome to this week’s flash fiction inspired by the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about Clarice. She can be any Clarice, real, historical, or imagined. Following the story is some background about the Clarice I chose as the subject. Enjoy! The Invitation Clarice ran her…

Flash Fiction: The Road

Coming in just under the wire is my submission for this week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, inspired by this prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the open road.  Enjoy! The Road I pass under the last green light, sighing. Behind me is the city, the…

New Editorial Review of Dreams of Justice

I’ve been quiet on the blogosphere lately, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. For example, DOJ received its first Editorial Review from The Book Review Directory! Here’s part of it: Paranormal mysteries rely heavily on tight plotting and attention to detail, and in both respects this book hits the mark. Maruska used alternating timelines…