Flash Fiction… Or maybe just a piece of it…

Arden Ruth


The drive, excruciatingly slower than usual, continues to set me on edge. I weave the car between the abandoned vehicles on the highway as we all stare out into the woods. It’s daylight. We don’t have to worry about them but you can’t trust other humans nowadays either. Some will kill you over a bag of chips. There are no laws in this new world.

It takes three hours to get to the run-down Kroger on the edge of town. We all know how important this is. If we don’t find supplies soon, we’ll be starving in just a few weeks. Hunting has become more difficult. The deer and rabbit population has dwindled down to nothing. The idea of moving on to a new town is a difficult one to stomach. We’ve lost so many already. A move could mean death to us all.

I turn in my seat to stare at…

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10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written


Copy and paste the above link for an insight into Stephen King’s writings.



If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here you’ll find ten great essays on writing, from the classic to the contemporary, from the specific to the all-encompassing. Note: there are many, many, many great essays on writing. Bias has been extended here to personal favorites and those available to read online. Also of note but not included: full books on the subject like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Stephen King’s On Writing, and Ron Carlson’s Ron Carlson Writes a Story, or, in a somewhat different sense, David Shields’ Reality Hunger, for those looking for a longer commitment. Read on, and add your own…

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Flat Sweet Flat

Travelling & Edu-Kate-ing

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting news of our new home, I know because I’ve been asked by several people now – “What’s it look like? Are you settled? Tell us about your place!”

Well, here we go.

Before I start the moving story, I figure I should post some of the “Last night in Kingston”photos Cass and I took, while we could still enjoy being so close to the River Thames, and appreciate some of the scenery around where we were staying (or Cupcake shops…you know that’s scenery too right?)20130922-214644.jpg20130922-214627.jpg


I’m going to start off by quickly explaining how our moving day panned out. We woke up on Friday at 9:00AM, hoping that would give us enough time to pack up any last things that we needed and get ourselves put together. We had finally put everything together and were about to bring things downstairs to the lobby…

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Misunderstood Graveyards Insult My Intelligence


When you apply for jobs, every detail of every sentence must be free of factual errors and grammatical mistakes, not to mention typos.  Applicants have to spend a lot of time preparing these perfect materials for HR departments and other employer contacts who probably couldn’t recognize accurate language use if they saw it being copied from an English textbook.

I am not here to gripe today.  I’ve already written about how people with bad grammar and spelling habits probably move ahead in the employment process because the HR folks think the errors are correct.

Instead, I wish to entertain.  I was looking through job postings today and found an organization that is seeking someone to work the graveyard shift.   And they decided to use the word “graveyard” prominently in the job ad’s headline, presumably to scare off people who would reject such a work schedule.

You already know this can’t…

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