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The View

Storytelling is important, right? Yes for fiction, yes for history, and a third yes for current events. Why just report the news when you can tell about it? That’s what the Georgetown View Magazine does. Where I live, the View is a small window into the people, places, and things that share our neighborhoods. Not a local paper, but local tales. True ones.

I was honored to receive my first assignment from them last year, which went into print this past January. I took a second one for February, and I like them enough to keep on writing… Continue reading

My house is haunted 

They stalk me, they surround me. I am not alone.

They stalk me, they surround me. I am not alone.

My house belongs to “them.”

They are everywhere. I put something away, it jumps back out. I walk down the hallway, something walks behind me. The television turns itself on, the lights flicker, a dish falls to the floor. Sometimes, a piano plays. In the thick veil of early morning, I hear them and feel them. They stalk me, they surround me, I am not alone. Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Halloween Past

Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is coming! Get your scare on with these spooky stories.

Oh my word, has it really been two years?

Xchyler Publishing, Paranormal Anthology, 2013. Shades and Shadows. Wow! What a book. Let’s see . . . scare? Check. Spooky? Check. Ooga-booga? You bet, the creep-out factor is enormous. New, hot talent? Check, check, check! It’s that time of year, book fans. Grab a $3.99 book deal and rev up your October scare factor.

Need some incentive? Check this excellent video on YouTube. Continue reading

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Kyle the Engineer

From http://www.fitsugar.com/4-Ways-Eat-Your-Brain-2673129

Hard work usually pays off, except when it doesn’t.

I distinctly remember this man’s name.  I won’t say it here because I’m a complete and total wuss.  I think there is a chance that somewhere, somehow, he will see it and say, “Hey, that’s me!”  I’m not sure I like the implications of that, but it’s not going to stop me.  It will just prod me into changing his name to protect the innocent.  So, with that disclaimer in place, here goes my story.

Kyle worked for my mother, as a student proctor in the developmental math lab at Lamar University.  He was witty, charming, endearing, sensitive, and about 10 years older than me.  As a dewey-eyed 18 year old, I thought he was perfect.  I wanted to date him in the worst way, but it was not to be.  First of all, Mom was his boss, and so it would have been weird.  Secondly, he was committed in a long-term relationship.  But even more important:  Kyle was gay.  Continue reading

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Featured: Sound-off Saturday

Xchyler Publshing / Hamilton Springs Press

Writing about  writing, on the Xchyler Publishing blog, “Sound-Off Saturday”:

VERSE 2, by Ginger Mann

Joining my fellow short story writers and some veteran artists on the blog site of my first publisher.  I love watching what creative writers come up with when someone says, “Hey, would you write something about…”

Check out some fun new articles, flash fiction, and see what books are coming up at http://www.xchylerpublishing.com.

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Verse 2

If a picture is worth a thousand words, is a story worth a thousand pictures?

I have been writing poetry since elementary school. I don’t know why, it was just one of those things that fit into my mind very well. I turned out poems by the pound in the 4th grade. Most of them were about horses, I recall, for that was what truly inspired me back then. As I “grew up” in my craft, I discovered that poetry writing went hand-in-hand with my other fascination, music making. Continue reading

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