Writing

Defending Fruitcake

Every December fruitcake, the most misunderstood holiday treat, is forced back into the holiday spotlight again for more abuse. Hate on its unimaginative loaf shape. Mock its colorful but unrecognizable “food-like” ingredients. Ostracize it with a journey straight from the front door to the trashcan. But do this at your own risk of self-deprivation... and mob mentality.

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Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway

My writer friend Heidi’s travel memoir, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway, is out and available as an ebook or paperback. You can buy Confessions of a Middleaged Runaway HERE.

Heidi Eliason

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I have a book cover! Thanks to the talented folks at ebooklaunch.com, I have beautifully illustrated cover art. I was really impressed with how fast my designer worked and what a great job he did.

I have read many times the importance of the cover and wanted to make sure I had a good one. Despite the old saying, we really do judge a book by its cover.

What do you think?

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100-Word Story Challenge

A 100 word story from a writing buddy!

Heidi Eliason

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Writers, have you ever tried writing a 100-word story? A member of my writers group recently challenged us to write a 100-word story, so I gave it a try. It’s hard! Every word is so precious, I regretted the loss of each one I lopped off.

I was inspired to write this story recently when I was feeling upset about the direction our country has been taking. Here is my story, exactly 100 words. I welcome your thoughts and stories.

The Good Guy

When Don’s breathing returned to normal, he was still gripping the poised bat. He looked down at the enemy sprawled in the dirt, one shoeless foot tangled in a mesquite bush. Blood matted black hair, obliterated brown skin.

“MS-13 member or a rapist,” Don said to himself. “Probably both.”

Skidding tires spit gravel behind him, the glare of floodlights transforming the dusk to a bright stage. Don…

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