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by timberline
Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Writing and Poetry Blogs
Topic: xcheck's hat tricks -- award winning journalist!
Replies: 3613
Views: 1171771

And last week, the New Yorker suffered first signs of Alzheimer's. It had to happen, that one of the New Yorker’s fabled proofreaders missed a diacritical mark. If you don’t know it, this magazine is the last hold-out for spelling co-op with an umlaut, but no hyphen. Coöp . And, actors who rôle play...
by timberline
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - My week as a redneck librarian
Replies: 19
Views: 13404

And, happily, "Gotjhic Revival" was just chosen by Bewildering Stories for inclusion in its “Editor’s Choices” issues 366-376, at http://www.bewilderingstories.com/antho ... ntho3.html.
by timberline
Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Bobbing for apples and a... severed finger?
Replies: 2
Views: 3857

Ooh, ooh! Dinner at McDonald's! But, whose finger is it?! I can totally revamp my gaslighting spousal-abuse story now that you've given me an idea.
by timberline
Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: The lost art of letter writing
Replies: 7
Views: 9713

I'm with you in being nostalgic. In fact, my brother wrote all his letters by hand using calligraphy. Works of art! Someone said that the "netspeak" people use to text each other--LOL, UR gr8, and so forth--are a novelty that will disappear. I hope so. And there are at least a couple of people in my...
by timberline
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: The lost art of letter writing
Replies: 7
Views: 9713

Should we go back to letter writing instead of e-mailing? And should we keep journals instead of blogsites? I think not. What was appropriate for those times don't work today. And, letters from many of my grandparents' and g-grandparents' generations were semi-literate. The PBS special was swell, an...
by timberline
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - A portal to the past.
Replies: 12
Views: 9799

Takes a while, but "Portal to the Past" (retitled, "Last Year's Icon") has been published by Every Day Fiction, at http://www.everydayfiction.com/last-yea ... /#comments. Keep those prompts coming, Jill! (Where's Jill? Oh, no, she's left the room!!)
by timberline
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The secret behind the wallpaper
Replies: 28
Views: 26627

"Epitaph with Flowers" is up at Big Pulp . I think it's a crackling good mystery, full of love, death, lost treasure and betrayal. Print it out for reading on the run, while waiting for the bus or during that bathroom break at the office. At http://bigpulp.com/chill_giersbach_epitaph.html.
by timberline
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Day of Moving Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Ooops, friend just noticed, it should've been canoli--not cannelloni.
by timberline
Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Day of Moving Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Sorry that this took a bit more than half an hour, but boy does it dredge up memories of New York. 854 words. Day of Moving Hell Brad knew he had to move when the band from the Golden Ghoti—pronounced “fish”—came over. Lead guitarist said, “Effing shoebox,” and the entourage trooped out to an after-...
by timberline
Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Day of Moving Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Actually, I like this...the story of the day that Hell moved out of town and peace descended. But, man, I have so much to do right now. Will try to get back later.
by timberline
Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - His life ended as the ice cube melted
Replies: 15
Views: 12192

Every Day Fiction's anthology has been published. Buy a copy--at http://www.everydayfiction.com/features ... ogy/--then curl up and enjoy some of today's top flash fiction.
by timberline
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - the storm washed his socks away
Replies: 4
Views: 4644

Two more chapters, 200 more words. It's coming together when I have Josie's Dad comment that "There's only one letter's difference between lover and loser." Six weeks later Josie married Andrew."

I see even one of my writing group is writing drabble.
by timberline
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - the storm washed his socks away
Replies: 4
Views: 4644

Ah, g'wan! No post-Xmas blues here. I'm working toward reconciling these two dysfunctional people. Loves knows no bounds, Mom.
by timberline
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - the storm washed his socks away
Replies: 4
Views: 4644

I'm trying some drabble--stories in 100 words. The first "chapter" was a What If and MOE some time ago. Chap. II was done last week, and III was done five minutes ago. It may someday be a "keitai shousetu"--novel downloaded to cellphones. Born to Lose Josie stepped tidily over the garbage in Andrew...
by timberline
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - My week as a redneck librarian
Replies: 19
Views: 13404

"Gothic Revival" is up today at http://bewilderingstories.com/issue366/ ... vival.html. Thanks , Jill. This is vondication for my falling asleep during American Lit 101.
by timberline
Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The secret behind the wallpaper
Replies: 28
Views: 26627

A nice note back from Editor Bill Olver at Big Pulp that they've accepted "Epitaph with Flowers." It had been accepted by BJ Bourg at Mouth Full of Bullets, but the magazine folded just before publishing it. Perseverance is everything.
by timberline
Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Psst...HOTEL is now on sale!
Replies: 95
Views: 69357

The book has staying power. Good legs. And so nice to see it on the NYT best seller list. I'm passing it on to my 16-year-old granddaughter for her education. (The book, not the list.)
by timberline
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Broken window blinds
Replies: 10
Views: 13464

"Broken Window Blinds," much shortened to meet a 500-word max, is now up at The Short Humour Site.

Go to http://www.short-humour.org.uk/3writers ... blinds.htm. This link doesn't seem to work on Wordtrip, so try http://www.short-humour.org.uk
by timberline
Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - His life ended as the ice cube melted
Replies: 15
Views: 12192

...And, "Death in the Afternoon" was just chosen by Every Day Fiction for inclusion in an upcoming anthology. (Oh, Jill, what would my writing career be without your prompts?!)
by timberline
Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - There was a grasshopper in my salad...
Replies: 5
Views: 5883

No irritation with your guest that s/he is angry grasshoppers always get confused with crickets?
by timberline
Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - There was a grasshopper in my salad...
Replies: 5
Views: 5883

Good one, Paul. But I was waiting for a knock-out punchline. Reminded me of the man who walked into the bar with a mouse in his pocket.... Or the man with a millipede as a pet who was going out to a bar.... Or it might have been a fly in the soup. (The waiter says, "Could be. The chef used to be a t...
by timberline
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Why are VAMPIRES the CRAZE??
Replies: 24
Views: 18831

Saddens me to see that 5 out of 20 children's books on the NYT bestseller list have to do with vampires. But, they're kids, right? In the adult mass market list, 6 out of 20 are vampire subject--and Charlene ("Sookie Stackhouse") Harris has five of them! No one ever lost money underestimateing the p...
by timberline
Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Bill Safire, R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 15154

I went to schools where they considered you an intellectual if you read without moving your lips. Being a smartypants, I never learned sentence structure until I took foreign languages. Fortunately, my 11th grade English teacher knocked students off one grade point for every misspelling.
by timberline
Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Bill Safire, R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 15154

There was something exciting about the journeyman writer who wasn't allowed to come back without the story, who had to hit a deadline, who got it right on the first draft and used a blunt pencil to copy edit before the presses rolled at 3 p.m. More than that, the reporter had to get the facts accura...
by timberline
Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Bill Safire, R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 15154

Bill Safire, R.I.P.

The New York Times Magazine is the last section of the Sunday paper I read, and then weeks pass before I get to this mostly innocuous magazine. But when I open the pages, the first piece I stop at is Bill Safire’s “On Language” column. I’m a word nerd, keep a list of new words to learn, read the Wor...

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