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Tom Kepler Writing · 1M ago

Another Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Contest I've Lost

copyright K.S. BrooksYep, lost another one . . . and I'm happy.This contest provided a photo visual prompt, a grey ocean beach, which reminded me of a short story that I've worked on over the last few years, drafting different beginnings, different s...
Tom Kepler Writing · 2M ago

Writing About the Quince--Flash Fiction

I've just completed another draft of my flash fiction story "Perchance Beneath a Quince Tree." It was 1,028 words, and I needed it to be less than 1,000. It's now 857! Go, Tom! Way to tighten!I've always enjoyed revising, oddly enough, and the strict...
Tom Kepler Writing · 2M ago

A Sane Environment for Writing

My wife recently said that I am most prolific in my writing when my outside environment is orderly and predictable. "If there's nothing outside that is distracting or disrupting, then you fe...
Tom Kepler Writing · 3M ago

Book Review: Fire in a Nutshell, poems by Bill Graeser

At poetry readings, Bill Graeser doesn't read his poems, he recites them. His eyes with the audience, owning his words from memory, he speaks to his listeners, shares his experience with eve...
Tom Kepler Writing · 3M ago

Three Days Left for This Fund Raiser

GoFundMe.com/p/79cxzEvery day Morgan stands outside the men's dome on MUM campus, selling cookies and seeking donations for her course fee to learn the TM-Sidhis program. She's been doing th...
Tom Kepler Writing · 4M ago

Words of Thanks

I wake in the early AM of this Thanksgiving Day.In the dark enveloping warmth of bed, there are no responsibilities, nothing to do. I float in darkness, in nothingness, in consciousness. I'm...
Tom Kepler Writing · 5M ago

Book Review: Prince of Outcasts

Prince of Outcasts, by S.M. Stirling, is the third book in the third cycle of his Change alter-reality, post apocalyptic fiction series. He's sixteen novels into the series now, where the laws of nature change and time/space is fractured.Three novels...
Tom Kepler Writing · 5M ago

Vote Gandy for Jefferson County Supervisor

I recently received an email regarding the local Jefferson County Board of Supervisors election. The letter urged me to “split my ticket” in the election by voting for one Democratic candida...
Tom Kepler Writing · 6M ago

Mom, Almost 92, Is Still Teaching Me

Yes, I have been 2,000 miles away from home for a month. Yes, I miss my wife, my children, my grandchildren. Yes, in all honesty, there is a part of me that would like to be somewhere else rather than sleeping on the sofa in my mother and brother's m...
Tom Kepler Writing · 6M ago

Mom Is Talking My Leg Off

"Sometimes I'll talk to your brother Pat, and he doesn't seem all that interested in what ...