Talking Swear Words… with @MikeScantlebury

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We are half-way thru the week! Who’s excited?? Well, we have another fantastic guest for you today, Mike Scantlebury! And we are talking swear words!! And I love it!! You will, too……


WHY THIS AUTHOR WON’T USE SWEAR WORDS IN HIS NOVELS

I write books. Novels. I’ve written lots of them. If you look on Kindle for my e-books, or on Amazon for my paperbacks, you’ll find over twenty, both full novels and half novels. Some books are crime fiction, some are SF, but all those novels have one thing in common: there’s no swearing.

You know what I mean, I’m talking about the ‘F’ word, or, as we say up here in the North of England, ‘effing and jeffing’. There’s none. Not one.

I know what you’re thinking. “Stop right there, Mike. You’re telling us you write CRIME FICTION, and yet none of these criminals, low life’s, drug addicts, murderers or bank robbers, ever use the ‘F’ word? What kind of world is that?” Because, as I think you’re trying to tell me, most people seem to be under the impression that bad guys swear. A lot. But honestly, where did you get such a silly idea? Mainly, I’d suggest, from the crime fiction you read. It’s a convention, a habit. In crime books,  you can tell the nasty people, not only by the black hats they still wear, and not only because of all the knives and guns they’re carrying, but also because of all the ‘F’ bombs they drop! It’s ridiculous, but so common that we just all take it for granted. Unfortunately, it’s completely false.

How do I know that? How do I know how criminals talk? Because I live next door to them! A man on our street has just been given a twelve year sentence for robbing banks and post offices. A guy from the other side of the square is serving a five stretch for kidnapping and car theft, (with the victim in the boot – or ‘trunk’ as Americans might say – yes, really). A family on the top road have recently all been arrested for running illegal car parks and their neighbours are awaiting trial for organising a cleaning business that didn’t pay tax, ever. Their cousin actually shot a man, a young student. Killed him for no reason. It’s a tough area.

Now wait a minute, you say, these baddies all swear, surely? Well, yes, they might do, but it’s nothing like the way it’s portrayed in books. Firstly, if they use an ‘F’ word in a sentence, it’s just as likely to be an adjective for the pizza they’re eating as it is for the bank they’re planning to rob. Authors don’t get that. Most writers are pretty middle-class, and if ever they swear, it’s for emphasis. If they say ‘I’m annoyed’, they’re likely to put a swear word in between to make it clearer. In that case, the ‘F’ word is simply standing in for the word ‘very’. Real swearers don’t discriminate. They put an ‘F’ word in when they’re annoyed, angry or just plain placid. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s padding.

Secondly, authors put swear words in to make the sentence more of a declaration. Here’s news for you guys – real criminals don’t talk in sentences! They use phrases. They repeat themselves. They stop. They start. They start again. They swear a lot. It doesn’t help understanding. How do I know that? I’ve spent ten years interviewing families in this area about their history. We’ve collected their stories and put them on our local radio programme. Several people have said to me how fascinating these recollections are. ‘You should transcribe them’, they say, ‘and put them in a book’. We tried that, several times. It was unworkable, because, even though the extracts we broadcast were easy to understand, (with swear words removed), when we tried typing them out, they looked awful on the page. The stories were interesting to listen to, but impossible to read.

So what I’m saying to you is this: you’re being conned by crime writers. The authors are putting in swear words in an attempt to convince you, the reader, that somehow the characters they’ve created are ‘real’ and authentic. But ‘F’ bombs aren’t enough. If they construct sentences, make statements, explain their motives and their aims, they aren’t talking like real criminals. They just aren’t. And no amount of swear words is going to make those creations leap off the page and live out in the world. As ever, the world is more complicated than that, and the insertion of swearing is simply a lazy way of trying to create a semblance of ‘reality’. It just doesn’t make it real.

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Mike Scantlebury lives in the North of England and writes crime fiction about his local area. His latest novel is being feature on Kindle Scout. Check it out. If you vote for it and Kindle decides to publish it, you’ll get a free copy. Here’s the link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1CGRSA4H8NJ14.

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The Library: A Light at the End of the Tunnel, by @LytraWilson

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Happy Monday to you all!! I hope you are all safe and able to enjoy the start to your week.

Today, I am pleased to welcome a new guest to Life As I Know ItLytra Wilson! Enjoy!


The Library: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

In 1991, I re-entered the world of college, carting one child on my hip, and tugging the other by the hand. Both girls treasured their days of being hauled in and out of the library, while mommy studied or combed through the world of books, searching for a profound manual to influence a research paper. Then, mommy met Mr. Right and got engaged to a man who would provide us with a warranted life of happiness. Yay! Help was on the way. The S.O.S I sent out had been answered. Then, an untimely broadcast surfaced, drained the spunk from my demeanor, and forced me to change my mind. Two months later, we were found sitting in a library again. Somehow The Library became a place of solace for me and my daughters. Even now before hurricane Irma drove through Naples, Florida where I now reside, I found myself strolling through the nearest library in search of many things; where to register to vote, where to exchange my Michigan License for one that represents the sunshine state, and most of all a good book—one that keeps you company when the sun isn’t shining. I believe everyone should have a place where they can step into and feel at home no matter what their situation portrays. Life teaches us and we teach others. Regurgitating our experiences, bad or good, fun or sad, extreme or menial could be the light shining at the end of the tunnel for someone else.

Speaking of light at the end of the tunnel, a few days ago, I discovered my eldest da is also carrying and sometimes dragging my 3 year old grandson to the library. Now that she is back in college herself and raising a child with her fiance’ she recognizes the need for familiarity. Especially in a day and time when change comes quicker than a finger snapping or a New York minute flying by, she too has returned to her roots: pursuing a higher education and the Library – the light at the end of her tunnel.

With this being said, she and I shared our latest reads and found we even gravitate towards similar books. And today, I’d like to share them with you, and introduce a book club I recently discovered called Mama’s Got A New Read @ https://mamasgotanewread.wordpress.com. This Book Club derived from my blog https://www.momanddaughtertalk.wordpress.com, in which our goal is to not only inspire relationships, but to enhance them through fun and contagious reads.


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Inspired by the British Seaside: Guest Author Catherine Green – @SpookyMrsGreen

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Happy Friday to you!

I am so pleased to welcome a lovely guest author today. Please help me in supporting Author Catherine Green!


Hello, and thank you, Marlena, for inviting me to join you on the blog! My name is Catherine Green, and I am a British paranormal romance and contemporary English Gothic author. I previously published the first four books in the Redcliffe novels series, which follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she falls in love with a vampire and becomes embroiled in his brother’s werewolf pack on the coast of Cornwall.

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Today I want to share my new novel, Vampire of Blackpool. Has anyone here visited Blackpool in the North of England? It is a beautiful Victorian seaside resort, but it fell into disrepair when I was a child in the 80s and 90s. It is now being redeveloped, but the town has a thriving social scene, is popular with the LGBTQ+ community, and is a favourite holiday spot for many young families, including mine. It is no wonder, then, that I was compelled to write the story of the Vampire of Blackpool

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The vampire, the witch, and the hunter battle it out in a contemporary Gothic adventure in Northern England.

Meredith Hanson lives in Blackpool, the former Victorian holiday hotspot of Northern England. She masquerades as a reclusive author, feeding on the blood of unsuspecting tourists without remorse. Her life takes on new meaning when she meets a young witch in a local pub one evening. Despite Meredith’s cold demeanour, she finds herself oddly fascinated with Samantha Morris, and falls into an accidental relationship with the girl. It is at this time that a vampire hunter arrives in Blackpool. He is tough, he is determined, and his next target is an ancient vampire that has been spotted in the tourist town. He intends to bring her down and destroy her to save the lives of innocent humans. Will he succeed? Or will the experienced vampire seductress be the cause of his undoing?

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You can buy Vampire of Blackpool in various eBook formats here, and from Amazon.

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About the Author

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Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.

If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.

You can find Catherine in the following places:

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What is a Xenton?

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I am so pleased to share a special post with you all. Today’s guest author, W.M. Calloway, appeared on my blog a few years ago, when I first started my blogging journey. I am THRILLED to have him share with us his newest Superhero release.

As always, get ready to enjoy another fabulous guest post…


What is a Xenton?
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The Xenton are an elite fighting team who protect the world from monsters, alien invasions and more. The Xenton have control over the elemental powers of the world, Earth, Water, Fire and Sky. In times of need, a Xenton could summon armor unique to their element to protect themselves in battle. Today’s Xenton are made up of the children of the Haven Family. They are Jason Haven, the middle sibling, Corrine Haven, the oldest sibling, Theodore “Dye” Haven, the youngest sibling, Sam Haven, the second youngest, and Mack Haven, the eldest brother. The Haven Siblings make up what is the last of the Xenton Order in modern times. During their End of the Summer Camping Trip, Dye and his brothers, Sam Jason and Mack, stumble across the last few animal spirits that have been roaming the earth for eons. Sensing danger was upon them, the animal spirits chose Dye and his brothers as hosts to become Xenton.

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The first in the line-up is the youngest of the Haven Siblings, Theodore Haven, or known as Dye to his friends and family (Appearing in the Jenshia Star at 15 years old. 16 in the Invasion of the Coalts, and 17 in the Lost Heir). He is bestowed by the spirit of the Fox and is granted enhanced speed. Dye has been known to break the sound barrier at times and even run on water. Within the Xentonverse, he is considered the fastest person ever…well, for now anyways. Whenever he’s in a pinch he can summon golden armor that transforms him into the Xenton of the Flames. In this form his armor protects him from harsh attacks and gives him enhanced strength whenever he wears it as well as manipulate and create any form of heat inside and outside his armor. Dye is described to be rash, short tempered, and bullheaded at times, but what he lacks in judgement he makes up for with heart, his confidence and his unending tendencies to just to do good, which makes him the unofficial leader of the Xenton team.

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Next up is Sam Haven, the second youngest of the Xenton and the smart one of the group. (Appearing the Jenshia Star at 16, 17 in the Invasion of the Coalts, and 18 in The Lost Heir) Sam was given his powers by the spirit of the eagle which grants him flight both inside and outside his armor. He can also create wind currents and manipulate the weather. When things get tough, Sam can summon his white gold armor and sprouts wings for his flight, as such, he becomes the Xenton of the Skies. Like his brother, Dye, Sam can fly at the speed of sound and can cross the globe in mere matter of minutes. He once caught an airplane in the palm of his hands as it plummeted from skies. Sam also discovered later on that he could manipulate weather patterns as well as create them along with storms with category 5 hurricane winds. Sam is the planner, the logical one and usually is the voice of reason that keeps Dye and the rest of his siblings from doing stupid things, especially when it comes to fighting a new enemy. Sam is the scientist and usually uses his expertise in the subject to come up with ideas and strategies when it comes to fighting a difficult enemy. Like his brother Dye, Sam is quick tempered but usually has more of a level head than Dye.

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Jason Haven is the second oldest of the group (Appearing the Jenshia Star at 17, 18 in the Invasion of the Coalts, and 19 in The Lost Heir). Being bestowed by the power of the shark, Jason has the ability to become invisible both inside and outside his armor. This makes him perfect for recon and sneaking into places undetected. Like his brothers, Jason can summon blue armor and becomes the Xenton of the Waters. Being the Xenton of water, Jason can summon water from anywhere and has been known to do so with the moisture in the air. As such, Jason can manipulate water in its various states of matter. Jason was also the first to discover he had the ability to materialize weapons onto his limbs such as water cannons and swords. Jason can’t talk to fish but he can swim at high speeds and dive to low depths with no problem. Being the laid back one of the group, Jason loves to surf and can sit out in the ocean on his board for hours. He is hungry most of the time and will complete a task for a sandwich. But don’t mistake his laziness for a liability. Jason has proven himself as a hero on more than one occasion and even though he doesn’t show it, Jason has an IQ of 125, making him the second smartest of the group next to Sam. However, almost all the time, food becomes his main priority while girls becomes his second. Jason is usually the surprise of the group, showing up at the right times as backup or the surprise attack. He has also been known to be that comic relief and to crack jokes on enemies with some random pop culture reference.

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Last, but not least, there’s Mack, the oldest brother of the group (appearing the Jenshia Star at 18, 19 in the Invasion of the Coalts, and 20 in The Lost Heir.) Mack is the muscle, the brawn of the group and as fitting as it sounds, Mack was bestowed by the spirit of the bear, giving him enhanced strength both inside and outside his armor as well as manipulating any mineral. Unlike his other brothers, Mack was reluctant to embrace his power as he injured his entire football team during practice. As a result, he excluded himself from his brother’s heroics for a while and wanted to focus on his studies and getting into a decent college as his football season was done before it even began. Later on he joined his brothers in the climatic fight against Griflore at the end of the book I, The Jenshia Star after a pep talk from Dye. Mack can summon sleek, black armor to become the Xenton of the Earth. As the series continues, Mack learns how to coat his armored body with any mineral and materialize himself him into any mineral such as sand, or even a rock. When needing to travel, Mack can burrow through the earth at any rate he chooses. Next to Dye, Mack usually takes on the leadership role whenever Dye is incapacitated or compromised. Mack is the ideal leader of the group and will stop at nothing to protect his brothers at all costs. He is usually outspoken and as being the oldest, has the final say in any decision making. Nevertheless, Mack is kindhearted and usually keeps his temper under control even in the worst of times for the sake of his siblings.

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Making a surprise entrance in the series is the long lost sister of the Haven siblings, Corrine (appearing in the Jenshia Star at 21, 22 in the Invasion of the Coalts, and 23 in The Lost Heir). Corrine had been missing for a number of years as her family presumed she was dead. Dye, Jason and Sam had no idea she existed until Dye found an old picture of her in the attic. From there. Mr. and Mrs. Haven along with Mack, who remembered his sister, explained she was killed in a car accident seventeen years ago. (Spoilers are included with this description so to get the full low down grab The Xenton Chronicles: The Jenshia Star FREE on Amazon.) As the story continues, Corrine is infused with the spirit of the mighty wolf and becomes the Xenton of the Cosmos. Corrine has the power to manipulate gravity and feel gravitational fields whenever they may occur. She has been known to use this power to fly and get around. When in times of great need, Corrine can summon her Xenton armor. Her armor is primarily silver with golden accents all over. She also has the ability to bend light and create weapons from that light as well as create cannons on her hands. As a person, Corrine is more of a tomboy. She’s hotheaded and head strong but at the same time loving and caring, though she feels awkward when expressing those feelings. As the oldest of the Haven siblings, she takes responsibility when it comes to protecting her brothers and considering her Xenton Affiliation she’s the most powerful Xenton of the group.

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About the Author

W. M. Calloway is the creator of the Xenton-Verse. His flagship superheroes, the Xenton, made their debut in the book series, The Xenton Chronicles, which spans four books that chronicles the adventures of his superheroes. With the success of his original series, Calloway decided to expand on that universe and introduce new characters, concepts, and story arcs.

In 2012, he launched his brand Heroic Studios. Since then, Calloway has produced and published a comic book series, The Wrath of Steelis, which expands on the story and concepts introduced in The Xenton Chronicles. Since then, Calloway has been working on various projects to release. In light of the 5-Year anniversary of Heroic Studios, Calloway has revised, re-edited, and will be re-releasing the The Xenton Chronicles book series as Special Anniversary Editions quarterly throughout 2017.

Some of his inspiration for writing are various superhero stories such as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Spiderman, various comic books such, as The Flash and Superman, as well as anime such as Naruto, Bleach and some sci-fi. One of the major elements in his writing is time travel as well, as the conundrum of interdimensional travel, as well as multiverse travel. The Xenton-verse is very specific to Calloway as he plans to explore the multiverse of the Xenton with alternate timelines, time travel and various other quantum leaps in the form of books and comic books in the near future.

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Visit Heroic Studios website at 2Bheroic.com. You can also follow Calloway (Heroic Studios) on social media to keep up with current projects and what’s happening within the Xenton-verse as well as his Patreon in which has exclusive perks for fans of the series!

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A special note to readers: In celebration of Book 3’s release, you can download Book 1 for free and purchase Book 2 for only $0.99. Hurry before this great sale ends!!!


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Antics with Auntie Peg, by Joy M Lilley (Part 1)

 

Hello, Bloggers!!

Happy Friday to you!!

I am pleased to welcome another fabulous author to my site, Joy M Lilley. Today, Joy is sharing some delightful stories about her Auntie Peg, so get ready to be entertained!! You may even giggle a few times…


When the time came for Auntie Peg, to go into a home, it was one of the most difficult things for my sister, my son and myself to undertake. We knew how she loved a drink and a smoke. This had been her life’s enjoyment for many years. Not many of the homes near us would admit anybody with these habits. We were only given 2 weeks to establish a suitable placement for her. This was an impossibility, as all the places we looked at were not to the standard that we desired, bearing in mind her needs. She could no longer hear or see so well, therefore the T.V. held no delight. I say she didn’t see so well, but I have never known such dexterity with the fingers when she rolled her cigarettes.
Eventually we found the wonderful place where she now resides. Auntie is both happy and very well cared for, and can enjoy a smoke when the staff takes her into the gardens. The whiskey is measured, with three tots daily being the prescribed amount on offer.

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One day when I was out with Auntie Peggy, she decided to take me to the cockle and whelk stalls by the harbour in Folkestone. It was she who introduced me to the delicious crustations particularly shell fish. Father nearly had a blue fit when he found out where I had been. Dad was now a school teacher in the town, and thought it most improper for his daughter to be seen eating at ‘Chummys’ shellfish stall. I continued to sneak down to the harbour with Auntie Peg at every opportunity, and to this day still enjoy munching on this wonderful food.

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Today I thought about long ago, when we lived with Auntie Peg. There was no electricity in the house, that was because Auntie Peg said it was too dangerous to have put in. That was back in 1948. Granted there were very few houses where we lived that did have it. People like my Aunt were very suspicious of electricity. She used to take me up to bed by candle light, telling me ‘spooky stories’ as we went. Little wonder that I had nightmares.

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Auntie Peggy has been on the rampage. On hearing news of my son Roger’s recent hospital stay, she had all the care home staff believing that he was about to leave this world. This was not the case and he is back home after a short stay in hospital. Calls went to and fro from the care home to establish the facts. I was still on holiday and my son did not receive the calls. The matter has now been rectified. Oh just to say that some of her liver tests are a bit off kilter. Not surprising as she has always enjoyed a few whiskies.

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Auntie Peg, tells us how she remembers as a child when one of our cousins broke his arm and was in plaster. This meant that his parents did not want him as he was not whole anymore. “They tried to sell him” she claims. But we weren’t having any of it and told them “We do not do that sort of thing in our family.”

Long may she live.

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Hello, My name is Joy Gerken, pen name Joy M. Lilley. I write/blog and I am a trained nurse, working at our local hospital. My first novel is ‘Figs, Vines and Roses,’ a tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century. My next novel is soon to be released and is called ‘The Liberty Bodice’. This is a completely different genre to the first novel and follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl working for the Special Operations Executive in WW2. 

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Introducing Eric Halpenny *Sort of*

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I’m so excited to have you join me today. I have quite a treat for you, and I know you’ll enjoy it. Without further ado, let’s welcome today’s guest…


So, funny story. Eric Halpenny, author of Thread and Other Stories was all set to put this post together, but he isn’t feeling well so he decided to stay in bed and pretend the rest of the world isn’t happening today.

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But Marlena’s blog has to continue on. In his absence, he asked me to come and introduce him instead since I am basically the hero of his short story Thread, which is the title story in his book. So yeah, kind of a big deal. His book is a collection of seven short stories with all different characters and genres. Although different, they sort of follow a common theme as you’ll see when you read them.

My name’s Yannick, by the way. Now, I say I’m the hero, but Eric always calls me a “pro-tag-o-nist” because he’s that kind of guy (*cough* nerd *cough*). It’s really the same thing as far as I can tell.

Eric’s my author, he’s treated me pretty well so I think I’ll keep him. He lives in California, the northern part, not southern, because he likes trees and mountains more than beaches and smog. Sometimes he leaves his computer and phone behind and goes backpacking. He is married and has three kids. He started a blog in March 2017, but he’s been writing for much longer than that. He started writing books when he was eight years old, but he hadn’t ever published any of it before Thread because he’s a little bit shy.

I wasn’t supposed to say that. What he actually told me to say was that he didn’t publish for all that time because he never really believed deep down that he could write anything good enough. But then a few years ago he realized that if he didn’t ever try he was going to be 80 years old one day and full of regret for never having tried. So, he sat down and started putting these short stories together just to see what would happen. Eighteen months later he was sending a manuscript to an editor and looking into self-publishing options.

Something else he said was that his number one priority was to write something entertaining—something that other people would want to read. But he also hoped that he could write something meaningful, something that might inspire his audience. That was really important to him.

Eric loves literature and reading. He loves finding real meaning in what he reads. One of his favorite quotes is by Victor Hugo, which says “To Learn to Read is to Light a Fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Eric really hopes those who read his book are inspired.

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Hey, what’s going on here?

Who are you?

Really? You don’t know me? You know we’re in the same book, don’t you? I’m Zona, the protagonist from Chance. We might be in different stories, but we’re only like 15 pages apart.

Yannick: Oh yeah, I remember you. Well, what are you doing here? I don’t need any help.

Zona: I’m not so sure about that. I’ve kind of been listening in, and I need to set the record straight on a few things. Just because your story’s first in the book doesn’t mean it’s the most important. Eric says all the time that my story, Chance, is his favorite. Seems like I should get to say at least something about him too.

Yannick: What do you want to say?

Zona: Well, did you know he came up with our story while he was driving in his car on the way home from work one day?

Yannick: Huh, no. I didn’t know that. I would think that he wouldn’t want to think of anything on the way home from work. He’s an engineer and I bet his brain hurts at the end of the day…all those numbers…whew.

Zona: Well, he does usually tries to decompress on his drive home, but sometimes he turns off his music playlist and wonders about things and imagines stories. And then if something good pops in his head, he has to hit the gas a little to get home in time to write it down before the idea slips away. That’s what happened with me and my brothers Owen and Abner, and my parents Emil and Annie. He wrote over 2,500 words about us in an hour after that drive home. There’s a scary part in my story, but I don’t want to talk about it—my brother knows more about it anyway.

You youngsters sure are proud of yourselves.

Yannick: Who are you? You’re not from Zona’s story. How come I don’t know anyone in this book?

Zona: That’s Greg. You might not have met him. He comes in right after my story. His story is called Conflict.

Greg: Look, I don’t want to get too involved. I’m only here for moral support you know. But I would like to point out one thing. You two aren’t the only stories in the book you know. John and I carry some weight with Eric. We’re by far the oldest of any of you. He wrote our story way back in 1993 for an assignment in Mr. Clancy’s English class.photo 1

Zona: I didn’t know that.

Greg: Well, we looked quite a bit different then, not as mature as now, but same storyline.

Yannick: Are you even still relevant after all this time? I thought Eric wanted to say something meaningful. He was a teenager when you were invented. Teenagers don’t have anything to say.

Zona: Yannick, you’re a teenager.

Greg: Well, we’re historical fiction, not speculative and science fiction like you guys. You might say we’re timeless. Our story is always relevant. Eric came up with us after studying a lot (like, a LOT) about World War I.

Yannick: Hm. Wait, who’s that? Another of yours, Greg?

Greg: Oh, I know her. That’s Veera, her story is right after Conflict. It’s called Oversight, the real science fiction story in the book and definitely too brainy for a simple guy like me.

Veera: Sorry, no time to talk. I’m about to launch some satellites…near Jupiter.

Yannick: Jupiter? Wow. And what about that guy right behind her?

Zona: I know him. His story is number two in the book, right between Thread and Chance. That’s…um…well, he doesn’t have a name. But he’s some kind of doctor from what I read. Sort of thinks he’s pretty clever. His story’s called Shrink. He talks even less than Yannick.

Zona: Know anything else about him?

Yannick: All I know is that Eric was writing a novel back in college in 2001—by the way, still unfinished—

Zona: Yannick! Be nice.

Yannick: Well, it’s true! Anyway, he had this idea for the story Shrink, which is about a soldier in the Vietnam war. It’s kind of like an interlude from that 2001 novel, but Shrink has its own point all by itself.

Greg: Sounds like a story I would like to read.

Yannick: So, are these stories even any good? I haven’t had a minute to read any of them, and I sort of got lost at the end of ours.

Zona: Well there have been a few favorable reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble. And the book review site Reader’s Favorite gave it a five-star rating.

Zona: Sounds like a promising beginning—
Yannick: Hey, who’s that?

Zona: Shh! Yannick, that’s Dmitry.

Yannick: So? Who’s Dmitry? And why are you whispering?

Zona: Because, I don’t want him to notice me. Trust me. He’s that guy from Deception. That’s the last story in the book and he’s a nasty one. Keep your head down if you know what’s good for you. Just tell the readers where to buy the book and let’s get out of here!

Yannick: Click here to buy Thread and Other Stories and then run for it!

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