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Archive for February, 2013

Friday Fictioneers – Home Made

Friday Fictioneers time, and another challenging photo prompt this week. Here is my flash fiction offering this week. Many thanks to those who visited and commented last week, For anyone who has not come across it before, you can find out more about Friday Fictioneers (and how to join in) at its home on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog. This week’s picture is from Beth Carter.



Be An Author Interview – Lu Ann Staheli, Author of Leona & Me, Helen Marie

Lu Ann Staheli Today’s interview is with Lu Ann Brobst Staheli. Lu Ann got her start as a celebrity paparazzi-stalker-chick, which led to her award-winning career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs. A masochist at heart, she taught junior high school English for 33 years, moved to the school library for year 34, and once spent two weeks summer vacation backpacking through Europe with 15 of her students. She has won three Best of State Medals–two for writing and one for teaching–but refuses to wear them all at the same time because she’d hate to be known as a show-off. Her published works include A Note Worth Taking; Leona & Me, Helen Marie; When Hearts Conjoin; Psychic Madman; One Day at a Time: Teaching Secondary Language Arts; and Books, Books, and More Books: A Parent and Teacher’s Guide to Adolescent Literature. (more…)

Thought for the Week – Aren’t We Lucky?

My husband and I probably read far too much fiction set in post-apocalyptic worlds, like the excellent Last Light by Alex Scarrow. Sometimes it makes me paranoid and wondering if I should be stockpiling bottled water. The good side of it, though, is that it has made me realise how lucky I am. (more…)

Friday Fictioneers – The Project

We’re trying something new this week on Friday Fictioneers. Pete challenged me to come up with a story that follows on from his. So whilst this can be read as a stand-alone story, you are invited to read Pete’s first, if you have not already done so.

For anyone who doesn’t know yet (where have you been?), Friday Fictioneers is a 100-word flash fiction challenge from a weekly photo prompt posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Everyone is welcome to join in and it is lots of fun! I welcome constructive criticism, though you can say if you need folks to be gentle with you. This week’s picture is copyright Janet Webb over at This, That and the Other Thing. My story follows the picture, and below that you will find the link which will take you to all this week’s other stories. Visit as many or few as you can and simply enjoy the amazing variety of imagination on offer.


The Project

The old barn that refused to be renovated was a great place to set up The Project. They smuggled in hundreds of latent psychokinetics and tons of equipment under cover of darkness. They experimented by fixing small portions of the building and monitoring the energy released as these areas restored themselves to their preferred dilapidation.

Next it was the turn of the psychokinetics. Applying the same energies, they gradually learned to control the very structure of matter. Finally it was time to show the world their abilities. Parting the Mississippi and walking from Missouri to Illinois ought to do it.

100 words


Be An Author Interview – Glennyce Eckersley, Author of An Angel at My Shoulder and Take Six Angels

Glennyce Eckersley
For today’s interview I would like to welcome Glennyce Eckersley. Glennyce’s first book, An Angel at My Shoulder, was published in 1996 by Rider books, Random House, and quickly became a best seller in many countries. Several more books have followed over the years, including Angels and Miracles, Angels to Watch Over Us, Saved by the Angels, Teenangel and An Angel to Guide Me. (more…)

Thought for the Week – Gaining Inner Strength

If you’re a regular reader, you might now that my husbad and I are following the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting eating programme which was featured on the Horizon television programme last year. I have been reading the book which follows up on the TV programme, The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, and this bit of thinking comes out of something I read in there.

We know that exercise builds muscle, and apparently this happens because the muscle is damaged, which prompts the body to build more muscle so we become stronger. (more…)

Friday Fictioneers – Stretch

This is flash fiction on a Friday – otherwise known as Friday Fictioneers! Rochelle wisoff-Fields posts a picture prompt and writers from around the world offer a 100-word piece of flash fiction for the enjoyment of their readers and for the learning that results from putting their work out there and the occasional constructive criticism. Rules can be found at Rochelle’s blog. This week’s picture is courtesy of David Stewart, please respect his copyright. To visit this week’s other stories, click on the blue link-monster below my story. I don’t know what my genre would be this week, anyone with any suggestions please enlighten me 🙂