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  1. A 20 Year Old Story Rewritten

    by , March 3rd, 2021 at 10:59 AM (Scrawlings From The East)
    Shallows Deep

    For the third time in as many minutes, Susan appraised herself in the full-length mirror, noting the lack of curve and the dumpiness of a face so her. ‘Ordinary’ was a word she heard behind closed doors, when the whisperer thought she slept, or at school, when the other girls caught her eavesdropping. Hour upon hour, she practised her smile, but the gloom snuck out through her eyes.

    The day had been like any other. A moon sat swollen

    Updated March 3rd, 2021 at 12:45 PM by TheMightyAz

  2. A Story For Another Time

    by , February 27th, 2021 at 12:28 AM (Scrawlings From The East)
    The Glass Tulip

    The fallow child did not know he cast a shadow. It rested profoundly on his story, diminished the colours—warped them. The earth, the heavens, and everything between, left him detached, bereft of wonder. But Tommy did not know.

    His clothes reflected the same perspective: faded denim jeans and jacket, grey V-necked jumper, and white shirt, buttoned to the very top. Plimsolls, once white with blue edging, now scuffed and discoloured by frequent
  3. A Short Horror Story

    by , February 18th, 2021 at 11:47 AM (Scrawlings From The East)
    The Mirror Man

    For three weeks, all the mirrors in my house had been turned to face the wall. Perhaps, I speculated, he would lose interest and leave me alone. He had been there all along of course, but I never really considered him anything more than a figment of my imagination. I pictured him sniggering at my inability to exorcise him, waiting and waiting for that day when I could pluck up the courage to face him again. Today was that day.

    Oh yes, I thought

    Updated February 28th, 2021 at 01:54 PM by TheMightyAz

  4. An experimental narrative poem

    by , February 4th, 2021 at 11:32 PM (Scrawlings From The East)
    Coats For Wings

    I watch the others from the window of my second floor flat, engaged – as they often are – in aimless chitchat. They have scripted intent and are preoccupied with the humdrum activities that stuff an ordinary life. I envy those flat stones, the way they skim across the surface of this vast, bottomless ocean.

    I lift a cigarette to my mouth and hold it steady for exactly three beats before drawing. Smoke fills my lungs and gathers there, before

    Updated February 18th, 2021 at 11:52 AM by TheMightyAz

  5. A Letter Home

    by , November 18th, 2020 at 11:49 PM (A Creative Spirit in Portugal)
    In February, I joined a local writing group which we managed to keep alive via Zoom once the Coronavirus struck. One of our assignments was to write a letter.

    Hi Mum,

    We have finally arrived in the Moorish town of Aljezur on the West Coast of Portugal. Despite Dad’s reservations, Jason’s decrepit, converted bus served us well as both a means of transport and accommodation. However, Dad was right about one thing: I do miss my creature comforts such as regular showers and ...
  6. Goodbye

    by , September 17th, 2020 at 05:06 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    So, this isn't exactly a blog, but I didn't have a blog voice in me tonight. So instead I put this together. Hope you enjoy

    "Life is an endless string of goodbyes," Nathaniel said.

    We sat in silence for a moment, letting the words sink in. There was nothing I could say to that, no words to dismiss or transition on.

    Our conversations were often like this. Nathaniel had a knack for knowing the heaviest words. They were words that, once said, needed ...
  7. Nextdoor to Mayberry

    People are so snoopy when they’re approaching an accident. They don’t want to look, they shouldn’t look, but they’re going to look, gawk, stair, and then bam! They rear ended the car in front of them. The Nextdoor app is like that for me. I use it sparingly because of the side effects.
    But honestly, doesn’t everything have side effects? Every over-the-counter medicine warns of drowsiness and the perils of using heavy machinery. As if we are a society of backhoe operators. Darn! I was ready ...
  8. Nightmare


    I'm having nightmares
    I gotta find a way to block them now
    I keep seeing demons.. who keep proceeding
    to come knocking... when I'm dreaming
    I gotta lock them out.. but how?
    I never been inside this room
    I must of taken shrooms and ended up in someone else's house
    yeah that's it...
    and from there it must of went south
    or maybe I was so drunk last night
    that I just black it out
    Naw you know ...
    Fiction , Poetry
  9. _The Stranger_ by Albert Camus Review

    Note: This review was originally written back in 2016 as part of a personal "1001+ Book Challenge." I follow a Peter Boxall's 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die list and write about books I found particularly noteworthy. This post was edited recently to improve grammar and overall readability, but still reflects the views of a 23-year old me. My writing has improved since then, I promise!


    The Stranger by Albert Camus Review
  10. out of the frying pan...

    ...into the brick oven.
    Planet X Publications, the outfit I am partner in, has decided to close its doors as of the publication of the Weird Westerns anthology, sometime around Halloween.
    We had to turn away three collections and a novel. There were a couple of projects that I had been shepherding that I wanted to find an outlet for, but nobody had the right terms.
    So I've opened a new imprint. Am negotiating with my investor to see what kinda deal we can work so I don't need to ...
  11. 32 White Horses On a Vermilion Hill

    My friend Christopher was born with ameleogenesis imperfecta, a condition that essentially causes his teeth to rot and break much more easily than normal because they lack proper enamel protection. This condition has gotten so bad that the man can barely eat and suffers from constant pain. He lacks medical insurance, like so many of us. So we in the weird fiction community have gotten together to try to help raise the funds necessary to get his teeth fixed once and for all.
    It would be great ...
  12. adventures in the small press

    As some of you may know, I am the editor-in-chief of a small press, seen to be
    "upcoming" in some circles and probably "uppity" in others. It's a full-time job, and a constant learning experience.
    The primadonna factor is less than I thought it would be...which is a good thing. I've never had a nasty letter from a prospective writer, and only a few have groused publicly. One of the most enjoyable things is making connections. As editor, I'm the guy that makes first ...
  13. A Place Dropped into Our Lap

    So, just when we'd resigned ourselves to waiting a year before house hunting again, using the time to build credit scores and fixing up this place, one of our friends came to me and said, "Are you still looking for a place or have you found one?" When I said we hadn't yet, she said, "Would you like to buy our place? We're moving to Texas and we want you and your family to have it."

    I couldn't believe my little ears! I joyfully said YES!!! Their asking price ...
    Fiction , Poetry , Journal
  14. Romance Book Covers

    I was going to start a thread for this elsewhere, but couldn't decide where the proper place would be for it, so I figured, hey, just blog it . . .

    I've put all of my books on sale everywhere including my publishing site to which I've added new Buy links to a more secure service. Payment is through PayPal and you get the books sent to you by SendOwl. I signed up for their basic service as I'm not in need of anything complicated and only have those few books.

    The basic ...

    Updated August 3rd, 2018 at 01:50 AM by Anita M Shaw

  15. More Cover Versions For Marooned

    Cover design can be fun and addictive. And a huge challenge. But I have the images I wanted from the outset, albeit in silhouette form except for Devynn who now now possesses those purple eyes I wanted to badly. Thanks to Jack of all trades.

    Here are some versions. I wonder if I should post them elsewhere with a poll . . . Anyway, here they are:


    Updated August 3rd, 2018 at 01:51 AM by Anita M Shaw

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Images
  16. Ah, Such is Life . . .

    Here's a couple of memes I did today to cope with my disappointment of having to wait yet another year for a house . . . Yeah, they beat our scores down 15 points for my hubby, and 40 for one of mine. I fortunately, didn't ask for an update from Equifax, so that one is three points down because I opened a checking account for my business. Live and learn . . . Now we have to go open a few of those credit building loans. Lots of 'em!!!

    creditscoretrashed_12.jpgsonohouseforus_12.jpg ...
    Fiction , Poetry , Journal
  17. Sales and Download Stats

    I just checked out my total sales from the book stores Draft2Digital distributes to - which I haven't ever done in the two years I've been using them - and see that most of my sales - okay, downloads - come from Barnes and Noble. A handful from Apple, and Inktera, and finally Tolino, which actually is more like a distributor as well, and is located in Europe. In all that time, I've sold nothing of my own, and just two copies of a relative's book for a total of $1.19.

    Most of those ...
  18. Treasures Lost and Found

    Don't you hate it when you think you've finished a story draft, go back to it after a while - years in my case - and can only find copies of the story that all end at the same point or before that even?

    I wrote a short story I called The Disciplining of Mom. And I am so sure I finished that story to it's amusing ending. I know I did.

    Can I find that draft? No. Every copy I hunted up ends in exactly the same spot, or a page before that. Augh!

    I remember how ...
    Fiction , Journal
  19. Random Musings

    This being my first blog post here, I find I'm not sure what exactly to write. I should update all my website blogs; I'm notoriously bad at that. I used to be much more diligent at it back when I had my very first website called DreamWind Whispers. Created it all by my lonesome with help from my instructors at LVSonline which is now, sadly, gone. But, with their $10 HTML course under my belt I ventured forth!

    By standards of today, the site was crude, but at the time all my visitors ...
    Tags: anita m shaw
  20. Once Upon a Alligator


    Once Upon a Alligator

    I was taking a swim in the Utopian Swamps when I saw a hungry looking alligator rushing towards me. You can imagine my alarm on being eaten by such a creature. I was in a mortal shell at the time and would most definitely feel all the agony any creature would feel upon being eaten alive. Of course I would regenerate and turn back into my original form of ...

    Updated July 10th, 2016 at 12:03 AM by rcallaci

  21. A Mad Poet's jibber jabber

    Was inspired by the poetry competition prompt "Necessary Lies" was trying to make a poem but this bit of dialogue came bubbling in my head instead.

    White Lies

    “Honey, does this dress make me look fat?”

    “On the contrary, it accents your voluptuous figure.”

    “Ahhhhh, you’re just saying that to make me feel good.”

    “Would I lie to you? If I’m lying may the hounds of hell tear and rip me to pieces and
    feed my bones
    Tags: mutterings
  22. Once Upon a Kangaroo

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    Once upon a Kangaroo
    I was hip, hop, hopping along, minding my own business, when to my utter surprise a pack of wild dingoes leapt out of the bush and blocked my way. They snarled, growled, and bared their teeth in a show of ferocity. The leader of the pack with spittle dripping off his tongue said to me,

    “We will let you go free and unharmed if you surrender the baby that’s ...
    Fiction , Poetry
  23. How an Engineer Approaches Fiction!

    by , March 15th, 2016 at 08:01 PM (Professional Writing)
    ...excerpt from a post here about how I avoid getting lost in a scene/chapter:

    Do you do an outline in either XMind (free mind-mapping SW) like I do as a very first step, or even writing software that makes it easy (WriteWay or Scrivener)? I had lots of 'now what?' moments until I stopped diving in, and instead outlined first. WriteWay has a mechanism for this, and you can add/edit your own chapter templates. In my case, asking & answering the 'cards' from these templates after ...
  24. The fractured fairy-tales of a Mad Poet

    The Dance of a Cockroach (language)
    My name is Periwinkle Salomon and I’m one angry pissed-off cockroach. Three of my colonies have just been destroyed by the evil dust you humans love to plague us with. That’s over a million of my comrades in arms who’ll never again see the sun rise or fall. Who the hell do you humans think you are? You malign us, disparage our good name, call us pests, curse our ...

    Updated March 15th, 2016 at 09:14 PM by rcallaci

  25. The fractured fairy-tales of a Mad Poet


    The Hoot of an Owl

    While polishing my fiddle to the shiniest of shines, I heard the Hoot, Hoot, Hoot, of an owl. I looked up, and lo and behold! I saw the largest and most fearsome looking owl one could ever have the privilege to see. His big round yellow eyes stared directly into mine. They looked hungry as he seemed to ponder if I was either predator or prey.

    I ...

    Updated March 9th, 2016 at 02:19 PM by rcallaci

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