Monthly Archives: December 2017

One-Sentence Stories: An Anthology of Stories Written in a Single Sentence

Author/Editor Val Dumond is putting together a second book of One-Sentence Stories. Book One is available on Amazon.com as a print or ebook, or you can buy a copy directly from me. (I have a few author copies).

https://tinyurl.com/ybhqnvvs

I have two stories in the first book and two stories in the second book. If you are interested in submitting to Book Two, here are the editor’s guidelines:  (The Deadline is January 31st, 2018).

CHALLENGE TO WRITERS

When the novel writing slows down to a dead stop, take a few minutes and word-doodle. You heard me — but do it by telling a story in one v-e-r-y long sentence, which is a kind of word-doodle. It’s fun, it’s diverting, it’s FREE.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Muddy Puddle Press is seeking submissions from writers of one-sentence stories for Book #2, One-Sentence Stories to be published in the spring (2018). Guidelines are minimal, and all stories will be vetted to ensure they are followed.

•     Submissions are to be more than 200 words and fewer than 2000. Limit two (2) per author.      Each must tell a story (fact, fiction, funny, serious, on any subject as long as it is your story.        Submit stories to muddypuddle@live.com.

•     Do not use vulgar or crude language. (An occasional “drat” or even

“damn” may be acceptable.)

•     Do not use periods or semi-colons. Do not use excessive dashes.

•     Each author of an accepted story will receive a complimentary copy.

•     Rights to each story remain with the author, who has permission to re-publish it.

Authors may request permission to re-publish stories of other authors.

•     The book will be copyrighted by Muddy Puddle Press, with royalties going to the publisher.

Royalties of more than $2000 will go to support a writers group.

•     Authors will have the right to buy extra copies of the book at an author discount.

•     Deadline is midnight, January 31, 2018, with publication in Spring 2018.

There is NO $$$ cost to you other than your time and effort. PLUS — you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the book and have an opportunity to suggest ideas for it.

Do you know how to construct a sentence? Will you dare to reject your English teacher’s advice about run-on sentences? Can you fine-tune your story to follow the guidelines outlined here?

Try it! And have fun!

You’ll return to your novel relaxed, energized, inspired, and ready to move ahead.

 

Val Dumond

 

More clues & examples

at www.valdumond.com

Muddy Puddle Press

P O Box 97124

Lakewood WA 98497

muddypuddle@live.com

 

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Nine Dead Dope Dealers and Other Stories is available on Amazon!

This is a collection of four stories  I wrote about San Francisco in the 1980s.  I’ve set up a free give-away for five days, from December 25th to December 29th, so go ahead and read and review. After that it’s $2.99 to read.  (And don’t be afraid to be honest in your reviews, I can take it!)  The story, “Nine Dead Dope Dealers” earned an Honorable Mention in the Mystery/Crime category 2016 Writers Digest Popular Fiction Contest.  (Just sayin!) (And hopefully it will be a paperback soon!) Dealing, Nine Dead Dope Dealers, The Disappearance of Cookie Bob, and Half Moon Bay are all copyrighted by the author. Sara Jacobelli Copyright© 2017 Saratoga Street Press. New Orleans, Louisiana. United States.

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Hear my stories on WRBH Radio 88.3 FM!

I’m reading three pieces: short stories/flash fiction, on WRBH Radio. This is a new weekly program called Figure of Speech. It features local authors reading their work—or the work of writers who have inspired them.  The stories I chose to read are all stories I wrote that were inspired by my experiences in the French Quarter in the late 70s, early 80s. (And they are fiction, fiction, I say fiction!)

It’s on FM radio, 88.3.

http://www.wrbh.org/

First airing is Saturday, December 9th, 3:00-3:30 pm.

An encore airing is on Monday, December 11th, 9:00-9:30 pm.

I can also send you the link so you can listen at your leisure!

If you are not in New Orleans, you can listen to this station through the internet.

WRBH is a radio station dedicated to people who are blind, visually impaired or literary impaired. However, a lot of sighted people listen to it as well: They offer many interesting programs, including book reviews, the newspaper, fiction and nonfiction books.

Photo Credit: “Radio-Vintage,” Pixabay Copyright-free images.

https://pixabay.com/en/radio-vintage-ancient-rustico-wood-2967677/

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“Up Decatur” Book Release Party and “In the Garden” Writers’ Workshop

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Upcoming events at Alvar Library, 913 Alvar Street, 504-596-2667:

 

Thursday, December 7th, 6-7:30 pm. Book release party for “Up Decatur,” the new poetry book by Valentine Pierce, New Orleans spoken word artist, writer and graphic designer. Ms. Pierce is the author of the poetry collection, “Geometry of the Heart.”

 

Saturday, December 9th, 2-3:45 pm. In the Garden Writers’ Workshop. The workshops meet on the second Saturday of the month, from September 2017 through May 2018.  December’s workshop will be led by poet, translator, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts teacher Andy Young. Ms. Young is the author of the poetry collection, “All Night It Is Morning.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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