A Very Short Story (Whistle)

“Tell your brother thanks a lot for teaching Junior to whistle. Now I’m afraid to take our family to church.”

 

Excerpted from Kites and Weddings: Very Short Stories
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A Very Short Story (Kite)

My brother once let go of his own kite to help me with mine. That’s why I wouldn’t let go of him now.

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A Very Short Story (Wizard)

 

And the Wizard Erskellian arose and did see that, verily, it was the Pizza Delivery Man, and strode forth to open the Door to the Keep.

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New book cover for “Childish Things”

Check out the new cover for my book Childish Things: Stories of Growing Up. What do you think?

 

Childish Things

 

Thanks again to Dane Low at www.ebooklaunch.com for another fine cover.

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Help for the Restless Reader

Fun and helpful article. Thanks, Siobhan.

Classroom as Microcosm

mgyp0LmIn recent years, I’ve become a restless reader.

I just can’t relax. Maybe it’s because I spend so many weeks of the year reading stuff I don’t feel like reading, including some really terrible writing, because I’m an English teacher. Maybe it’s because the Internet age has broken my brain. Maybe it’s because I’m an adult with adult responsibilities, like emptying the dishwasher and watching all four seasons of Scott and Bailey as fast as possible. Whatever the explanation, I look back fondly on my childhood days of curling up in an armchair or on my bed and reading for hours and hours, but I just can’t seem to do it any more.

This summer, a number of niggling projects have eaten away at my time, and I’ve felt even less inclined to abandon everything and read a book. Once the first of August loomed, though, a sort of reader’s…

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Very short stories – new book covers

 

I am very pleased to announce new covers for my three very short stories books. Thanks to Dane Low of www.ebooklaunch.com for his skill and creativity. I think he did a lovely job.

 

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Rough & Beautiful

Very Short Romance Stories

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Kites and Weddings

Very Short Stories

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By the way, the title to Kites and Weddings was inspired by this wedding party at Gasworks Park, Seattle.

Wedding, Gasworks Park, Seattle

 

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The Art of the Very Short Story

A Guide for Readers and Writers

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Pretty cool, eh? Yep, I think so.

 

 

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Praise for “Ripcord”

The reviews for Before the Ripcord Broke are starting to come in.

From Jen Nifer on Amazon.com:

In general, I am not the biggest fan of short stories. To my surprise I very much enjoyed this book filled with short and very short stories.

Charlie Close again managed to fascinate me with simplicity, humor and, well, weirdness that is so very wonderfully captured within his every-day stories.

And from A.M. Bradley at her book blog Hungover Fiction Lover:

Some may go into this collection of short stories with the mindset that they are nothing special, but they would be wrong – and too quick to judge. I myself was skeptical at first because I’m not a frequent short story reader. Then I stopped being my close minded self and started reading the damn stories. I was trying to be more open minded. It paid off.

It was scary, but refreshing to read that other people understand. The author clearly comprehends that we are all connected in different ways, to various individuals. It is and will forever be the way life works.

Check out the full review at http://www.hungoverrfictionlover.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-before-ripcord-broke-stories.html

Thanks so much to Jen and A.M.. I’m grateful for their generous time and attention.

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New Book: Before the Ripcord Broke

I am pleased to announce that Before the Ripcord Broke: Stories is now published.

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Before the Ripcord Broke

In his new collection of short stories, Charlie Close gives us people who try, succeed, and sometimes fail to connect with others.

He gives us a poor family celebrating its first Halloween in a rich neighborhood, a waitress trying to get the attention of the silent new man in town, teachers talking about their students’ crushes, a boy stuck in a car with the kid he beat up, a roadie who finally busts loose during sound check, a business consultant who assassinates her client, and a disgraced accountant who frames his wife for his own murder.

The stories are told with Charlie Close’s unique insight, compassion, and biting sense of humor. They are dark, comic, sweet, ironic, and…weird.

Read Before the Ripcord Broke and discover that, however different we may feel, we are not so different after all.

Happy reading.

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New book…cover reveal

I’m pleased to show the cover for my soon-to-be-published new book of short stories.

Before the Ripcord Broke

Pretty cool, eh?

The book is coming out in a few weeks, once the weather turns a little warmer.

Here’s the description…

In his new collection of short stories, Charlie Close gives us people who try, succeed, and sometimes fail to connect with others.

He gives us a poor family celebrating its first Halloween in a rich neighborhood, a waitress trying to get the attention of the silent new man in town, teachers talking about their students’ crushes, a boy stuck in a car with the kid he beat up, a roadie who finally busts loose during sound check, a business consultant who assassinates her client, and a disgraced accountant who frames his wife for his own murder.

The stories are told with Charlie Close’s unique insight, compassion, and biting sense of humor. They are dark, comic, sweet, ironic, and…weird.

Read Before the Ripcord Broke and discover that, however different we may feel, we are not so different after all.

Happy reading.

Charlie

P.S., many thanks to the cover designer, Dane Low of www.ebooklaunch.com.

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What’s Coming

Hi, everyone,

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’d like to catch you up with what I’ve been working on, what I’ll be doing over the next several months…and ask for help.

I’ve written a collection of short stories and it’s almost ready for beta readers. It’s my best work yet and I’m excited to have other people try it and give feedback.

And over the winter and spring I will be expanding into audio books. I’ll start with the six books in my backlist and and release them as soon as I am able. I’ll end by recording the new book in order to publish it at the same time as the ebook , later in 2015.

If you want to be a beta reader for the new book, or a beta listener for the new audio books, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

I am not looking for detailed editing or proofreading. I’ve already got that covered. For the new book, I am looking for readers who will say which stories work for them and which don’t, and why. And for the audio books, whether they meet their standards of performance and quality.

Interested? The back blurb of the new book is below, and here is a link to my backlist. I look forward to hearing from you.

Charlie

http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Close/e/B005IDU0JA

 

In his new collection of short stories, Charlie Close gives us people who try, succeed, and sometimes fail to connect with others.

He gives us a poor family celebrating its first Halloween in a rich neighborhood, a waitress trying to get the attention of the silent new man in town, teachers talking about their students’ crushes, a boy stuck in a car with the kid he beat up, a roadie who finally busts loose during sound check, a business consultant who assassinates her client, and a disgraced accountant who frames his wife for his own murder.

The stories are told with Charlie Close’s unique insight, compassion, and biting sense of humor. They are dark, comic, sweet, ironic, and…weird.

Read Before the Ripcord Broke and discover that, however different we may feel, we are not so different after all.

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