Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. (October 22, 2016) A gray older model truck slowly navigated down a forgotten gravel road somewhere in southern West Virginia. The vehicle groaned and creaked as its dented and... Continue Reading →
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. It was very late and Grace knew she should have gone to bed long before now. Still, she had to finish what she started. It took her longer than... Continue Reading →
Flash Fiction: Stories under 2,000 words. Seems easy enough, right? Just get rid of rambling digressions, eliminate flashbacks, cut extraneous descriptions and presto! Mini-fiction nuggets! Source: Flash Fiction: What's It All About? | The Review Review
When you start to create a novel, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is, “Should I start by creating an outline, or just fly by the seat of my pants?” Both of these options have their merits. As I noted in a previous blog post, creating an outline first helps to... Continue Reading →
The way I see it. Having a PowerPoint presentation blow up on you is a rite of passage.
I opened my feed reader today after missing a couple days of blog reading and I had over 350 posts. Holy cow... I knew there was a point where it becomes overwhelming but I did not think it would happen to me. I'm going to have to figure out how to manage my feeds better.... Continue Reading →
A new study published in Animal Cognition found that even our sweet furbabies are capable of lying to our faces. Researchers out of Switzerland were interested in understanding if dogs have the ability to use deception to get what they want from humans. First, they trained the dogs (participants were 27 dogs of different breeds... Continue Reading →
In case you must really know... In Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that Darth Vader had become “more machine now than man.” But what about Darth Vader’s manhood? Did Anakin’s battle with Obi-Wan on the planet Mustafar result in wounds even greater than the lost limbs and terrible burns that covered... Continue Reading →
Too much adulting; not enough hours in the day.
Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce. Ashley Gabrielle Huff, 23, initially was charged with possession of methamphetamine. She maintained the residue on a spoon was... Continue Reading →
With a Republican field chock full of aspirants with credible religious credentials, it’s fair to say that few thought evangelical attachment to Trump a likely scenario. By March, it was apparent that something unexpected was happening, but even then the storyline, backed by some data, was that it was the bad evangelicals (those less observant)... Continue Reading →
Philosopher George Santayana warned decades ago that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and that certainly rings true with that scourge of free enterprise called corporate welfare or crony capitalism—cozy relationships between government and business designed to thwart competition and ease the way toward success for a favored few. Americans... Continue Reading →
The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.
House Republicans just passed two bills that will make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to use scientific research to protect health and the environment. And they’ve done so under the deceptive guise of “transparency.” Source: The House just passed two bills that would stifle science at the EPA - Vox
Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Pete knew that the funeral home was receiving Ms. Schmidt. It was not until he saw her lying in the preparation room did he truly realize it was his... Continue Reading →
Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Pete walked into the Fiddle Griddle, a family restaurant that was just down the road from his father’s funeral home. It was a common meeting place for families to... Continue Reading →
In the wonderful movie Warrior, a science teacher who moonlights as a fighter talks with his wife late at night while he repairs his girls’ dollhouse furniture. This is a brilliant action tha… Source: Writing Dialogue: 50 Things Your Characters Can Do WHILE They Talk – Bryn Donovan
In case you’ve been so busy shielding your mountain compound against high altitude nuclear EMPs for the last couple of years that you’ve missed it, let me reiterate–the rules for writing and publishing have been burned and rewritten so many times, they no longer exist. Source: How to Write Episodic Fiction: The EndGame by David Mark Brown
Decades of research has failed to find any substantial evidence that vitamins and supplements do any significant good. In fact, recent studies skew in the opposite direction, having found that certain vitamins may be bad for you. Several have been linked with an increase in certain cancers, for example, while others have been tied to... Continue Reading →
If you haven’t caught on by now, Ryan Reynolds is one to follow on social media. The actor adopted a nothing-is-off-limits persona to hype his movie Deadpool, but then he just kept going with it. Now we have a whole new age of Reynolds channeling his foulmouthed comic book antihero as he films Deadpool 2 with Cable actor... Continue Reading →
It just boggles my mind. Dog owner Louise Sutherland from Scotland got the surprise of her life when her golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy last week.Yep, you read that right.Sutherland named the green pup Forest, according to The Sun. Forest is one of nine puppies who her 3-year-old retriever, Rio, gave birth... Continue Reading →
The story, the lawsuit said, was part of an attempt to discredit the US intelligence community's determination that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and obtained a trove of emails released by Wikileaks. Source: Lawsuit: Fox News concocted Seth Rich story with oversight from White House - Aug. 1, 2017 As is known, the story... Continue Reading →
On Wednesday afternoon, in the midst of a breathless display of legislative pettiness in Raleigh, Rep. Becky Carney of Mecklenburg County tried to get her head around what was happening in front of her. At an N.C. House committee meeting, a Republican lawmaker wanted to take the first step toward impeaching Secretary of State Elaine... Continue Reading →