What am I Reading and Why am I Reading It?

The Insatiable by Adam West is a short story I read while traveling from Point A to Point B by…


Stay Selfish, Say No Often, Stay Foolish, Be Mediocre, Prioritise The Beautiful People, Have Enemies, ,

This is one of my latest  blog discoveries. Immediately fell in love with this excellently presented philosophy. The title of…

Personal Damages

Damage Inc. by Brett McKay is about a company that offers full service as far as solving those messy, personal problems that police won’t get involved in because there is no crime. Go to this company when you feel offended or when your ego is bruised. If your boss yells at you but you don’t want to yell back because of the immediate consequence of termination, go to Damage, Inc. Their business card says it all:

“When you want more than putting your foe to rest, giving him what he deserves is what we do best. Call 1-800-I DAMAGE.”   (Kindle Location 610)

Eat at Dottie’s Diner

Following a review I posted yesterday of a 607-page novel, today I want to comment on a collection of flash fiction stories. Killer Space Clown by Eli Taff Jr. is a collection of ten stories, each one told in 500 words. The Introduction may not be 500 words (it is 441 words) but it is worth reading as it describes the plight of a writer with too many ideas. Rather than pursuing the time- consuming task of developing characters, settings, plots, and subplots completely and risk boring readers with short attention spans, why not get the creative, great core ideas out there with a solid twisted punch to the reader consciousness? Good idea, but not easy to do. For those who think it is easy, try any of the great writing challenges available online free of charge. There are prompts for six-word stories, 100-word pieces, and one of my favorites, Twittering Tales, in which the writer tells a story in 214 characters (spaces included). Here, we look at art expressed in exactly 500 words.

A Ghost of a Chance

The front cover of Ultimate Seven Sisters Collection by M. L. Bullock is minorly deceptive with a front cover announcement that there are “All Six Books Inside.” Some readers might not be happy with the claim that what is inside constitutes “books.” The Amazon site lists this collection as six ghost novels in one, a collection of 607 pages. I usually choose one “long” novel as part of the mix of five or six current reads. Free on Kindle Unlimited, the price is an eyebrow-raising USD 9.99 even though I purchased the collection from Amazon at USD 0.99. There is a possible typo for you.

All Hell the Orange in Chief

This is a repost from https://exjournalistsunite.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/__trashed-2/#like-22975. True, I could have just posted the link and asked folks to click on it but, for your convenience, just scroll down a bit. The link furnished is my way of acknowledging the excellent work below is not mine.
For technical reasons beyond me, and most are, I can’t get a reblog button at the bottom of posts I like to actually reblog. I click, the blue circle spins, I get an acknowledgement of reblog, but nothing ever appears or lands at this site. So, I copy/cut and paste (with credit given).

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When a Man is a Woman

The Whip by Karen Kondazian is a work of historical fiction with a heavy slant on the historical part. Charley and Charlotte Parkhurst are one and the same despite outward appearances signaling a gender difference. Charlotte recognized from childhood that there were two worlds; one for men, one for women. Men seemed to inhabit a world with considerably more freedom, bound only by the choices they made and the consequences that followed. In Charlotte’s opinion, a woman’s world was one of only consequences that followed choices usually made by men. This story takes place between 1815 and 1880. Of course, today the world has no such inequality. Charlotte’s choice to proceed in life as a man was a result of horrible events that happened to her and a desire for revenge toward the man that had brutalized her and her family. On her journey to achieve revenge, Charley’s choice was to live as a man while she worked as a “Whip,” the person who drove a stagecoach, expertly guiding and instructing the teams of horses so they worked in unison. Charley didn’t use the whip to beat or punish horses; she (he) used it to defend the horses from snakes and wild animals as she touched the horses lightly in combination with pulls on the reins to indicate desired travel directions.

Best History in Its Genre

Many readers probably pass up a read such as Abraham Lincoln A Life From Beginning to End by the group Hourly History. Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln, right? So why read more? I identified two reasons for me to read this work. First, there is always the possibility that I do not possess perfect memory and even worse, I may not have gotten it right in the first place. Second, Abraham Lincoln is only one in a huge collection that is known as Hourly History. I have read several of them and they vary in quality as is invariable with books written by groups or committees. Some are so good that I tried to find the author’s name so I could read more by the same author. I have been unsuccessful. I don’t know whether this is a policy of the group or not, so I won’t reveal the name on the email requesting a review of this work.

There are two parts to this review. One part is about Honest Abe. The other is my thoughts on Hourly History.

Run Away from Olivia

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher is a novel I both heard on Audible and read on Kindle. I find listening…

Writer’s (W)rants

Diary Of A Private School Kid by Penn Brooks is a burst of humor for the weekend. There is a lot of humor that leaves me with only one question. Was this written by a really cool kid developing writing skills or was this written by an adult (whatever that means)? The Amazon Author page reveals that Penn Brooks lives with his wife and four children, so another possibility is that he is channeling one or more of his children. Brooks reveals that he likes writing for children and adults who never grew up.