Donald was wealthy, handsome and, if the ring on his left hand meant anything, not available. The sexy redhead seated on the bar stool next to him seemed to consider the last point irrelevant.
Part 2 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
Do you believe in magic? If so, then meet Sheila but be forewarned, what this young girl does is not magic at all.
I discovered that no one else seemed to use some of the words our family used. Thinking that they must be related to my ancestors I wondered if this might happen to other people, too.
The trial is your "now," but soon it will be your "how." You'll make it through, and you'll look back in awe at how you did it.
Jacko has called in the "Cavalry" to get them out of there, Joey and Sandy are still on the train, stuck with persuers looking for them, what's going to happen next?
Heaven becomes more enticing as we get older. This world is not our home and that becomes more apparent as we experience the trials of life and the loss of loved ones.
Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Winnie wants so badly to be Minnie, even if it means killing her.
Join me for a new series of short stories about my favorite character, and a message that should never grow stale.
Clean fresh laundry is part of the housecleaning ritual. Rebel against the clothes that keep us chained to the washing machine with these tips on how to avoid doing laundry!
Everyone has their own way of writing their stories out. If you interviewed a dozen bestselling authors, they’d all have their own unique ways. No two write exactly the same. That tells you that there is no one formula, but their ways can be...
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
This episode continues the story of Levi Weston and his family in Missouri. From Ohio to St. Louis, then to Jefferson City, this Weston family shares the story of this part of the American frontier.
Missed seeing I Am Not Your Negro in the movie theater. Awaiting its release in May on DVD, I composed a few, anticipatory thoughts.
A zombie virus has decimated humanity. Leader of the Wind Riders, JFK, is depressed. His gang decimated, all he has left are a few stragglers, and his girlfriend - Wind. It's time for one last ride!
"This is the first time you really will be cold," My cousin warned. Old Man Winter grabbed, stung, scorched and iced me all at once. Later, I thought the view compensated for the horrendous hug.
In generations ahead of us people may be taking for granted their ability to choose their feelings---just because someone said they could, and then it became a trend. Why not now?
The need to move, the need to play: a difficulty many children on the spectrum face as others try to constrain their energy.
God loves nothing more than a broken and contrite heart at prayer. A heart surrendered, for it has no other hope to rely upon than the only hope we ever have: God, Himself.
Remembering Jounieh is an adult short story written by Philip Michael Cooper. It is an account of the authors experiences in Beirut in 1976 and is available on Amazon.
The following is part of a chapter from an uncompleted novel I begain about 15 years ago. It chronicles the life of young man trying to come to terms with the death of his first true love.
If anyone ever asked you to define the word brilliant just say these words; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
Please, if you ever loved me, turn your eyes away. Please, please don't look at me, don't look at me that way
When life gets frenzied and stressful we forget who God is and how much He wants to minister to us. He calls us to rest in Him.
Two men battle to the top of a mountain on a quest for domination. Through blood, sweat, and tears they come to a mutual realization about man's relation to man. Word count-480
A short story about things we may do or say which can ultimately lead to serious consequences and in this case Death.
Are you wondering how you can wow your instructor with your research paper? It is not impossible. With some hard work, caution, and communication, anyone can create a research paper that will impress an instructor. Do Not Procrastinate One of...
If you’re any sort of writer or storyteller, I can be completely sure that the thought has creeped up on you before: “Has my story idea already been done?”
A descriptive sketch depicting the scene of a storm from beginning to end by use of intense imagery. Please enjoy!
If "Roxie," a member of The Rockettes were my wife she would be bombarded by every loving line available at my disposal.
The reverent bard of the Far East resuscitates an ancient Western tradition by invoking the Nine Muses to bless his endeavor to write 10,000 and 1 songs.
Chambers knew that every visit to the autopsy room reaffirmed a detective's need for a mental buffer between the living and the dead. The freezer held more than a dozen bodies just waiting for the dis
With another book in the bookstores and a singing appearance at the upcoming Nobel Prize gala, Patti Smith is maturing as a writer
Calvin purchased a home and was making remodeling plans, beginning with the master bedroom. In that very room, fantasy and reality seemed to be converging to create a whole new world. But was it real?
Part 1 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
Ever wonder what happened to readers in the passed century? Has television and film become the only acceptable form of story-telling? Let's find out together.
Thanks for joining me as we continue a story from another time, about a good family determined to succeed with love as their guiding light.
Everything you ever wanted to know about writing in one handy little series of articles...welcome to the Mailbag!
When a character snickers emotionally, sighs sadly, and whispers gladly before their words even come out, then we, my friend, have a dialogue problem.
Join Ash as he struggles with the idea of himself (something we all do), as well as with his friends and family. Abuse, identity, and the struggle for meaning are twisted into this short story. Enjoy!
Today the World Economy Collapsed...this is Jack Shorebird reporting from somewhere south, in the former United States… (Short Story)
Solving murder mysteries, Tiffany found, is hard work. Tiffany looked forward to a new type of assignment. One that entailed much less drama!
The gulf between being unpublished and published may sometimes seem like a yawning chasm, but in reality, it's only separated by a few tweaks, a lot of persistence, and some insider tips & techniques.
Looking for authors who share your initials? I've compiled this list of popular authors with the initials CK.
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
William Washington swallowed hard. He moved his head into the apartment just a bit, but still had enough to keep the conversation with O'Brien going. He snapped his fingers as if trying to recall some
A fictional short story about a woman who returns from a vacation in Ireland and finds the job situation is getting worse. Was her vacation just a short respite from a lackluster life?
Bosley was simply too thorough as an international bank accountant. He found a loose end, tied it up and wham, he's sitting on a log beside a campfire looking over his shoulder.
Ivy's discharge has arrived. Her life is in limbo, but she is free of the torment she suffered with so long.
Follow these simple tips and suggestions from master writers and storytellers to make your next speech a one-of-a-kind crowd pleaser worthy of a standing ovation!
My first Western short story. A great big tip of the Stetson to Jason Whitman for allowing me to use his excellent photo. Jason Whitman Photography
Pete lived above his favorite bar, a place where he spent time and money, doing what he loved to do. Drink until he was drunk enough to sleep it off, so he could start again the next day.
Cinema was considered a lesser form of entertainment when it first appeared, but some intelligent writers could see the potential it had
Jacko and the team have their 'ride' but Joey and Sandy are still running for their lives. The team head back into the 'fray' as there's "NO WAY" they are leaving them behind! Do they make it in time?