A rose by any other name . . .

Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Or would it?

Objects have different meanings to different people. This is a photo from my daughter’s recent wedding.

Wedding Photo

What do you think could be happening in this photo and why?

I would love to hear your thoughts . . .  in as few words as possible, write a story about this picture and paste it into your comment below.

Ready. Set. Go!

Vote for our short stories!

I’m not spamming you.

At least, I hope you follow our blog because you have an interest in what we write. It can’t just be for the pictures; they’re not that great.

Karen deBlieck and I are giving you the opportunity to read some of our stories for free. Yes, that’s right. They’re only a click away… The links are in the titles below.

One more thing…while you’re there, if you like what you read, please give them a green “thumbs up” to vote for them and any of the other stories you like. You can vote for as many as you like.


Talking Drum by Karen deBlieck

photo credit: emilio labrador via photopin cc

photo credit: emilio labrador via photopin cc

I love Karen’s writing because it is rich and poetic. She paints an amazing picture in 1000 words, don’t you think?


Healing Time by Lisa Godfrees

photo credit: Ollie T. via photopin cc

photo credit: Ollie T. via photopin cc

This story is Steampunk-lite. A bit of clockworks and a larger than life metaphor – can you find it?


Shadow Play by Lisa Godfrees

Shadow Play

Shadow Play

Inspired by Genesis 3. If you’re a crier, you might need a hanky for this young adult short.

Thanks for supporting us.

And now, tell us what you think about short stories. Do you like them, avoid them, wish they were longer? Do you buy anthologies? Do you like short stories by authors whose longer fiction you’ve enjoyed? Or are they just something you had to read in school? Inquiring Scriblerian minds want to know.


aspiring writers competition 2013 – vote for karen!

Karen deBlieck

Karen deBlieck

Our very own Karen deBlieck is one of five finalists in The Reading Room‘s Aspiring Writers competition. 

Why don’t you drop by and show her some love? You’ll get a chance to read the beginning of her novel, Parched (a Genesis First Impressions finalist in 2012) along with the other entires. Then click on a button to vote for your favorite (Karen’s, of course!). 😉

Note: You have to sign up to be a Reading Room member (free) to be eligible to vote. The Reading Room is similar to Goodreads in that you can rate books, track what you’re reading, and join book club discussions.

Karen – if you’re reading this, tell us a little about your experience with The Reading Room and its contest.

Readers – have you ever entered a writing contest? Or have you ever won a contest of any sort (giveaway, raffle, competition)? We’d love to hear from you!