Category Archives: Writing

Every Chicken, Cow, Fish, and Frog: Animal rights haiku anthology

Hi, everyone, I’d like to tell you about a new haiku anthology, all on the theme of animal rights. It’s called Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein and Miriam Wald. Here are the opening … Continue reading

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The Stories to Come

Hey, everyone, I’d like to take a moment to let you know where I am with my various writing projects. I’ve completed first edits on a novella and it’s now in the hands of beta readers. I expect to publish … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Very Short Story (Bindi)

All kinds of stories need editing and rewriting, even very short stories. Sometimes a very short story will come to me in its final form, but it often happens that I will go back to a story, and back to … Continue reading

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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. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple | … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New Book: Before the Ripcord Broke

I am pleased to announce that Before the Ripcord Broke: Stories is now published. Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo In his new collection of short stories, Charlie Close gives us people who try, succeed, and sometimes fail to connect with … Continue reading

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Something I Learned from the Audience

I recently gave a reading of some of my newest stories. I love readings. They give me a chance to listen for what’s working and what’s not working. This is trickier than it sounds. When I write to be funny, I can … Continue reading

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Turn It Around

When a story I’m working on is boring or frustrating me, one way I’ll try to fix it is by changing it around. Change the protagonist from male to female. Change the point of view from the employee to the manager, … Continue reading

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Know When It’s Time

It’s strange to see how I’ve changed as a writer. I look back at my earlier work and think, what a funny silly guy. I can’t write like that anymore. It’s not me. I’m glad I wrote what I did when I … Continue reading

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