New book “Falling in Love While Meditating: Very Short Stories” is available

My new collection of very short stories, Falling in Love While Meditating, is now published and available at your favorite online book store. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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To go along with the new collection, I’ve added two new chapters – “Characterization” and “Setting” – to The Art of the Very Short Story: A Guide for Readers and Writers. This book shows how to apply the storytelling craft to Twitter-sized fiction. It’s written in a light style and can be enjoyed by casual readers and serious writers.

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If you’re curious about these books and think you’d like to review them, comment on this post, or message me on Twitter or Goodreads, and I’ll send you a copy.

Happy reading.

Charlie

 

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A Very Short Story (Devil)

“I’m sorry,” said the Devil, “I’m already making Brad fall in love with Susan. Wouldn’t it be unethical to make him fall in love with you?”

 

Excerpted from Rough & Beautiful: Very Short Romance Stories

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A Very Short Story (Candle)

Sandra pinched out the flickering candle. “Albert, listen to me.”

Excerpted from Rough & Beautiful: Very Short Romance Stories

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A Good Year Ahead

I’ve been writing steadily, and I’m hopeful next year will be a good year for publishing.

I just finished a draft of a novel about a middle-aged daughter who goes to live with her mother after the mother breaks her ankle and can’t take care of herself. Things have been difficult between them. It’s been many years since they could communicate, and now they are alone together in the house.

I’m going to put the novel aside for awhile to let it cool. Meanwhile I’m going pick up a novella I drafted a while ago. It’s about a young man trying to get his start in the world. He has a drumset in his apartment that he can’t play, a job be doesn’t care about…and then he meets the young woman in the apartment at the end of the hall who is just learning to play the guitar.

If both projects go well, I should be able to publish them in 2017.

And while that’s going on, I am always writing very short stories. In a few months I’ll have enough for a new collection.

As I say, it’s looking like a good year ahead.

Happy reading.

Charlie

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A Very Short Story (Giggles)

Stacy broke out in giggles when the invitation finally arrived.

 

Excerpted from Falling in Love While Meditating: Very Short Stories

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A Very Short Story (Bed)

“Before you say anything else, Steve, the bed we’re shopping for is for my mother.”

 

Excerpted from Kites and Weddings: Very Short Stories

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A Very Short Story (Ivan)

The envelope contained only a black and white photograph of her with Ivan at the dance. On the back was printed, “I love you. I’m sorry.”

Excerpted from Rough & Beautiful: Very Short Romance Stories

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A Very Short Story (Flooded)

She wrote, “After her short story was published the marriage proposals flooded in. Sadly she could not spare the time to answer them all.”

Excerpted from Rough & Beautiful: Very Short Romance Stories

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A Very Short Story (Chandelier)

John and I pulled the rope together to raise the chandelier to the ceiling. Our ceiling. And then I asked myself, what if I let go?

Excerpted from Kites and Weddings: Very Short Stories

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A Very Short Story (Novels)

And so they combined their two novels into one big novel and were delighted to see they were almost half done.

 

Excerpted from Kites and Weddings: Very Short Stories

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A Very Short Story (Teeth)

Kathy put her collie on his back to brush his teeth. “Just you and I, just you and I.”

Excerpted from Kites and Weddings: Very Short Stories

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