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Paige Williams
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Writer of odds and ends
Writer of odds and ends

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The following story was written for Chuck Wendig's Flash Fiction Challenge. Click through to my blog for the link.

My Father's Unusual Death, by Paige Williams

My father's manner of death was fitting since he had been the kind of man for whom one feels the word "eccentric" was tailor-made. I'll tell you more about that in a moment.

When my father met my mother it was love at first sight. I don't have pictures of her but my father said she had long blond hair and a smile that held the sun. I asked him why, and he replied that whenever she smiled, no matter how sad he was, he felt happier. She captivated him.

But nothing lasts forever. When I was three years old my parents left me with a friend and went fishing on a nearby lake. When they'd reached the middle of the lake where it was deepest my mother stared into the water, fascinated by something just under the surface.

"What is it?" my father asked.
My mother bent over the side of the boat and said, "Henry, there's someone in the water!"

(Continued on my website. Thanks for reading!)
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Here's an excerpt from an article I found:

"But here's the interesting thing: Dexter is without a doubt likable. Why is that? Has Lindsay hypnotized us into thinking his psychopathic protagonist is likable when he's really not? Is part of his appeal that he satisfies his bloodlust by killing really bad people? No, I'd say Dexter is likable because he wants to be good, but he struggles with it. In his own twisted way, he wants to do the right thing even if it is untoward and disturbing.

"To make a protagonist likable, even one who's not a model citizen, give him an inner conflict between serving a greater good and satisfying his own self-interest. That sacrifice your protagonist makes to forego his or her own selfish desires and indeed serve the greater good is what makes him or her likable."
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Apparently "Joyland" is Stephen King's first book to reach the top place on the mass market paperback New York Times bestseller chart in over a decade.
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I'm reading Stephen King's book The Shining. I can't believe I haven't read it before.

No, that's not right, of course I can believe it, I just regret it. Why did I wait?

I started reading King's books as a late teen on the advice of a friend's mother. (Yes, that's right, my friend's mother got me reading horror!) I've read all his books since, but that leaves his entire backlist for me to work through.

My advice: for those of you who have just discovered King, make The Shining one of the first books you read. Here's a quote, this is Jack Torrence describing himself:

"He was like a man who had leaned around a corner and had seen an unexpected monster lying in wait, crunching among the dried bones of its old kills."

Scary reading!
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Stephen King has made a supernatural musical with John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Elvis Costello plays the devil.

To read more about this, click the link below to continue on to my blog.
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Or, as it's said to be titled: Dumb and Dumber To.
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I've included a YouTube trailer about the making of a documentary about the making of Pet Sematary! (lol)

After I saw the movie Pet Sematary I couldn't sleep without the light on! This looks like a great documentary; I love seeing the original movie posters, learning what it was like on set, and so on.

But, then, I'm a fan of all things Stephen King. (grin)
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Random musings. Yesterday I wrote 2,500 words. Yea me. :-)
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Last night I dreamt I was Bram Stoker.

Only I wasn't.

(Please click on the link, below, to read my post. And, in case you're curious, my work in progress is all about vampires!)
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Ever watched the TV show Whodunnit? So far I'm enjoying it.

My word count so far today: 1,153 words. I'm shooting for 2,500 so I've got some writing to do. Tomorrow I'll let you know how it went. :-)
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