A Very Short Story (Moors)

Emily looked out the window and imagined the moors were brimming with men in shirts and boots searching for a girl like her.

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A Very Short Story (Horse)

“I want a woman who can shoot from the back of a horse by day and please a man at night.” He perused Cynthia. “Maybe you’ll do.”

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New book: Boys Don’t Understand Lipstick

I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book, Boys Don’t Understand Lipstick: Very Short Stories. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope you have as much fun reading it.

Charlie Close’s new collection of very short stories is a sexy, sassy, silly romp through the worlds of love and work, childhood and family, wanting, losing, and getting.

It’s also a meditation on the human condition, explored through an artistic form akin to haiku that prizes brevity and mystery.

Yeah! But mostly it’s got boys and girls and men and women chasing each other around – bashing and crashing, honking and wheezing, crying and singing as they go.

The stories burst in your brain as they fly by. Read them quickly one by one…or slow down and look closely. Spend a little time with stories that can catch hold of something in your own life.

Boys Don't Understand Lipstick

Available now on Amazon.

 

 

 

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A Very Short Stories (Letter)

When Daddy died I wrote letters to all his old friends. But I didn’t send them. Maybe someone will read them, someday, after I’m gone.

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A Very Short Story (Other)

Other people will get in the elevator whether you get in or not.

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A Very Short Story (Water)

I chugged the last of my water and shoved the bottle in my pack. There would have to be more water at the end of the trail.

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A Very Short Story (Cheeseburgers)

They did for Sushma what they did for everyone who joined their team. They took her out to Lucky’s for the best cheeseburgers in town.

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A Very Short Story (Rewrite)

“Don’t worry, you can rewrite it.” she said.

“Yeah?”

“Yeah, all of it.”

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New very short stories book – Cover reveal

Hi, everyone,

I’m happy to show off the cover for my upcoming collection, Boys Don’t Understand Lipstick.

What do you think? Compliments to the cover designer, Dane Low at Ebook Launch.

This collection was a lot of fun to write. It’s got all kinds of stories, like my earlier collections, but the overall style is silly, funny, and saucy.

The book will be released on April 18, 2017.

I’ll be happy to provide free copies in exchange for an honest review. Comment on this post or tweet to me at @CharlieClose.

Happy reading.

Charlie

 

Boys Don't Understand Lipstick

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Jane Reichhold 1937-2016

I just learned that Jane Reichhold passed last year. I am very saddened to hear this. She is one of the first poets I encountered when I discovered haiku over a decade ago, and I remember her teaching, sharing, and enthusiasm for haiku with great fondness.

breath, a collection of haiku

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Jane Reichhold – poet, editor, translator and much more besides.

Jane’s body was found on a beach near her home between Gualala and Point Arena on the northern California coast on July 28. Her husband, Werner, says she took her own life as symptoms of her fibromyalgia worsened. He has been quoted as saying  (scroll down to find the entry for Jane) that she wished to depart this life at a time of her choosing and had written her own obituary 2 months ago.

jane reichhold Jane Reichhold, photographed at her home on July 9, 2016. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Read about my recent visit to Jane in Postcard from Gualala and read a well-written (apart from the misspelling of Lynx) 2015 profile of her from the Ukiah Daily Journal – she has done so much in her life that it’s difficult…

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