Category: fiction

Side Effect

     [It’s time for something light-hearted, as I’ve actually been depressing myself with the public-affairs commentary. So have a story about a young man who works at a quack-remedies mill who discovers something that actually works…and finds love in the bargain — FWP] ==<O>==      Harley Crandall is a Texan émigré and a businessman of …

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This Writer Has An Uncanny Foresight

     I’ve mentioned Mackey Chandler’s April series more than once here. I liked it enough that I’m now reading his other works. Just now I’m enjoying his 2011 novel Paper or Plastic, an unusual first contact story in several ways. A moment ago I encountered this passage, in which a very human alien is explaining …

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Conditional Hypotheticals

     “Say, what if there were no hypothetical questions?” – Originator unknown      I found this at Ace’s place:      I can’t speak to whether the figures cited are accurate. However, the suggestion that persons of below-average intelligence would have trouble understanding such propositions seems like that most uncommon of all things, “common sense.” Moreover, …

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Names

     [My Christmas story. Someone – apart from Joseph and Mary – had to be first on the scene. But who might that have been…and what did he take from being first to lay eyes on the Christ Child? – FWP] ***      Census has always been an irritant. There are many — I am …

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Free Fiction!

     Starting today, through January 1, all my novels without exception are free downloads at Smashwords. You can get them in any and all popular formats, suitable for reading on your handheld device or your computer.      Amazon won’t allow me a giveaway promotion any more, so hie thee to Smashwords for the freebies.

“Freedom: I Won’t!”

     This will be an extremely trying day here at the Fortress, for doggie reasons: our Newf must go back under the knife yet again, this time to correct a dangerous abdominal hernia. So I doubt I’ll be posting anything much.      Accordingly, I’d like to recommend that anyone who hasn’t yet read Eric Frank …

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The Adventure Of Love

     A number of my fiction readers have commented that the romances I write are “different.” Well, I should hope so. Why write what everyone else is writing? Why not follow a unique path that persons bored with “the same old thing” can use for their refreshment? All the same, it raises the question of …

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Teaser Time

     Remember what I said about too many projects? It’s one of the reasons 2022 is likely to be the year I don’t release a new novel. Anyway, here’s the opening of a new Onteora County Romance. Working title: Doors. (This makes five separate novel-sized projects on the anvil. Is there a twelve-step group for …

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A Sentiment I Have Often Felt

     It was unusual to see anyone in a p-suit in the corridors. Walking back suited up with the machine pistol and her sword in her left hand might get a few looks. She was way past caring.      April put the badge back in the bag and tossed it to Bob. “Take care of …

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May I Or Mustn’t I?

     On this third day of November in this Year of Our Lord 2022, I refuse to talk about the upcoming elections. I refuse to talk about the attempts to pre-anesthetize us about the massive, nationwide act of vote fraud we must anticipate. And I flatly refuse to talk about the whining for “pandemic amnesty.” …

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Teaser Time

     Yes, friends, relatives, and assorted creditors: It’s that time again! Many people have written recently to ask about what fiction projects I have on the anvil. The answer is: Too BLEEP!ing many! And whenever I try to work on any one of them, the others all start to whine that they’re being neglected. It’s …

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Imagination, Orthodoxy, And Faith

     Hm. Perhaps that should be “And The Faith,” but let it stand as it is.      Yesterday at The Catholic Thing, there appeared an essay, with embedded interview, on Fostering the Catholic Imagination. Let there be no argument: the subject is an important one. There isn’t enough fiction written from a Catholic perspective, which …

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Placer Mine

     [A short story for you today. Max Feinberg needs a breather. His laundromat business is lucrative but boring. His marriage is sound but irritating. His body is slowly turning to sludge. So he’s headed to Las Vegas for some restorative gambling and professional sex. The bonus he’ll receive will exceed his imagination. It will …

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Overtime

     [I can’t remember if this has ever been posted, here or at Liberty’s Torch V1.0. It makes a point that deserves emphasis, and anyway, I have more to do today than will permit me to write another of those furshlugginer essays — FWP.] ==<O>==      “And now with the sports news,” intoned the anchor …

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Against The Anti Brigades

     The following video is a snippet from a 1977 BBC interview of Sylvester Stallone about why he wrote Rocky. It’s both surprising and, to those who doubted his intellect, revealing:      Stallone’s diagnosis of the cultural trends is dead on – and even more important for our time. Americans wanted entertainment that would resonate …

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The 2022 Based Fall Book Sale

     Hans G. Schantz, author of the Hidden Truth trilogy, is once again hosting a gigantic $0.99 or free sale of “non-woke” books:      Some complain about the culture. Others do something about it.      Support non-woke authors and get yourself some great books from both established and emerging talent for only $0.99 – many …

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Got A Buck?

     In case you missed the original announcement: All My Novels Are Now Just $0.99.      I can’t discount them any further. I trust I need say no more.      But wait: there’s more! I have: A New Retailing System!      That allows you to purchase my books directly from me! Applause and many thanks …

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To Know Them Is To Love Them…But Which Comes First?

     I haven’t done a piece on fiction writing for a while now, and as I’m struggling to get my wheels back on the track, it seems like a propitious moment for a reflection on one of the necessities of effective storytelling. ***      Readers have frequently complimented me on my efforts at characterization. While …

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What Cannot Be Reported As Fact

     …can sometimes be depicted to good effect in fiction:      Then there was the matter of process. How the election was run. How it was administered. The frenzied push to ramp up absentee and mail-in ballots and ramp down verification, especially in battleground states. How many states changed election laws? Hint: a lot. How …

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I Have A Day From Hell Before Me…

     …which will include a teeth-cleaning, a trip to our family veterinarian, a great deal of laundry, and the assembly – by yours truly – of a lawn sweeper that might as well have come from IKEA. So rather than entertain you with a typical Curmudgeon Emeritus rant, I’ll give you a peek at something …

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