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 (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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A Very Short Story (Juggler)

“I can’t,” she said. “I’m a juggler.”

He held her hands. “Yes you can. Just let go of the trapeze and turn to me.”

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A Very Short Story (Profound)

He could be a poet anywhere. But he could be a profound poet only in Manhattan, starting as soon as his parents went back to Omaha.

 

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A Very Short Story (Bethany)

Toby’s heart shattered when Jason rode up on an even taller unicycle and waved to Bethany.

Excerpted from Before the Ripcord Broke: Stories
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A Very Short Story (August)

I slapped a mosquito dead on the gravestone. Just like Daddy to go in August.

Excerpted from Before the Ripcord Broke: Stories
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A Very Short Story (Boss)

I’ve seen it a thousand times. Whoever wants it his way more than the other guys want it their way, that’s who’s the boss.

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