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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A Very Short Story (Cha-Cha)

“If you want to dance,” said Elsa with glinting eyes, “you should ask me.”

“May I?” said Lord Stephen.

“Yes, if you promise me a cha-cha.”

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A Very Short Story (Inheritance)

She said, “I know you’re just being polite. Looking after your inheritance. But I really am fond of you, and someday you’ll be just like me.”

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A Very Short Story (Camisole)

Bridget washed her camisole even though it was still clean. Mrs. Nelson’s son was home from college and she knew he could see her laundry line.

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A Very Short Story (Proposal)

Michael forgot he had practiced his proposal to Kate on his own answering machine.

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A Very Short Story (Pumpkin)

He put his hands on hers. His fingers were strong and knew the way. “This is how you play Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater,” he whispered.

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A Very Short Story (89)

By the time I blew up the 89th balloon I didn’t care if Grandma had a happy birthday.

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