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Truth is sometimes more important than the facts -- Gary Copeland Lilley
Truth is sometimes more important than the facts -- Gary Copeland Lilley

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My short story She Who Made the Land Her Home is now available as a Kindle download and a perfectbound print edition in the anthology “Take a Mind Trip: Book a Fantasy,” from Scribes Valley Publishing. Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0985183381 Kindle:…
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Whew. That was … interesting. There are three rounds to this challenge. In Round One, we are given an object and a situation. For me, the object was a clay (terra cotta) pot and a visit with a parent. Managed to get by on that one, even though it felt…
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I’m set up this weekend to write a 1000 word (max) short story based upon a genre mash-up—two genres that must both be fairly represented in a story. For example, a fairy tale that’s also a horror story. But that’s been done, of course—Hansel and Gretel…
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Round Two Entry The Journey over the Mountains Group 1 Prompt: A picture of an open hand reaching out to a misty mountain background + the mandatory first line “Everything I had known was wrong.” Goal: Write a (max) 1000-word story that includes the image…
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It’s been a busy week for me. 1. Yeah Write entry turned in last week, with feedback this week (mixed!) and confirmation of entering the second round, starting last night at 7pm Pacific. 1000 words due Sunday at 7. I have two lines! 2. New York City…
Writing Between the Lines
Writing Between the Lines
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Wildly audacious and entertaining, and deeply disappointing I would give it five stars for its entertainment and creativity, and one star for its unsatisfying delivery. I truly loved the beginning of this book, which is the alternate history of the United…
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My short story, She Who Made the Land Her Home, is included in the anthology “Take a Mind Trip: Book a Fantasy,” now available on Amazon as a paperback. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0985183381 At some point I’m sure it will be available in Kindle format.…
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Well, surprise, I guess. I had thought this short story was rejected and was getting ready to shop it around to another publisher, but I misread the email I received about the story. Looks like it will be published after all. I would expect to see it…
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We had a flash fiction contest this weekend, to write 1000 words using the prompt “collector.” I wrote this quickly, thinking about how we treat our children and families. Typically I don’t post my flash fiction as it either is just a work in progress or…
The Collector of Dreams
The Collector of Dreams
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Recently a sincere white American Christian male asserted that there is no such thing as white privilege, that white Christians have no obligation to inquire as to whether there is any such thing as white privilege, that people of color, sexual…
Does White Privilege Exist?
Does White Privilege Exist?
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