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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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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 … Continue reading

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A Concrete Image

When I’m trying to come up with a story, I often start with a specific image. It could be anything: an apple pie cooling on a stove top, a red bird flitting onto a snow-covered tree branch, water from the garden hose on … 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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The Books Teachers Made Us Read

The older I get, the more I think our literature teachers were playing a long game. I remember some of the stories: Ethan Frome The Grapes of Wrath The Old Man and the Sea King Lear Seriously? How many teenagers … Continue reading

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