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Singing the Praises of Short Stories

Banner for short storiesHello, all, from the world’s worst blogger!

I love a good short story. I’ll admit to feeling daunted when I pick up a mega-novel — like I’m tackling something that’s going to take forever, and the feeling isn’t much different when I sit down to write something lengthy.

But a short story? Can be like a small but very gourmet meal.

The trouble is, short stories are damned hard to market, because the common wisdom is “Everybody hates short stories.” They don’t, but promo sites won’t handle them. So… what to do with the shorties that I’ve written and love, and that other folks have written and would like to put out there in front of some eyeballs?

I created a Facebook group. There, you’ll find links to my short stories, and those of some very talented other folks. All genres: SF, romance, horror, family drama, you name it. Come on over and take a look — you might find something you like! And, for the most part, they’re only 99 cents. (Or free.)

Come on. You know you want to!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/705897606412292/

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Two new short stories!

Looking for a short story to keep you busy at lunchtime?  I’ve got a couple of new ones…

Boy Named HenryOf Black and Blue Lagoons and a Boy Named Henry

A story for grownups about the mysteries of growing up…

Everybody needs a friend. Eleven-year-old Billy Patterson and his little brother Charlie certainly understand that — until they meet Henry, they’ve got no one to hang out with but each other. Henry loves to explore, and the Patterson boys are more than willing to join him on his adventures. It’s the best possible way to spend a summer.

But there are problems: The boys have been told to stick close to their grandfather’s home. And, well… Henry’s not a typical little boy.

He’s a ghost.

Being of Value smallBeing of Value

His name is Matthew. He’s an A.I. – artificial intelligence, an android who looks fully human. He walks, talks and interacts just like a human teenager. He has feelings, just like a human.

But that’s not enough for some of the members of the community he lives in, and it’s not enough for two visiting teenagers he’s been asked to escort. To them, he’s just a machine – which means they’re free to do with him whatever they choose, even if it means taking part in a game that might destroy him.

His name is Matthew, and he’s desperate to survive. Desperate for someone to care.