A very cool but difficult word to pronounce.

Continue reading “Threateningly”


Writing Advice from Questionable Characters

Neal Cassady, the inspiration for the Dean Moriarty character, with Jack Kerouac – WIKIPEDIA

“Hell, man, I know very well you didn’t come to me only to want to become a writer and after all what do I really know about it except you’ve got to stick to it with all the energy of a benny* addict.”
  ~ Dean Moriarty from ON THE ROAD



*Benzedrine, the trademark name for Amphetamine.


Scout…and doubt

I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

Please. :)


WRITE EDIT WRITE: Flash Fiction by Author Pam Schloesser-Canepa

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Last week I announced that we were starting a private Facebook group for Writers and Readers called WRITE EDIT WRITE. Well I am happy to say that we have had a great response to the announcement and our group includes a growing host of active and creative members. And while we’re still getting situated and figuring things out, we have held our very first WEW CHALLENGE, a challenge where members were asked to post a 250-word or less flash fiction or flash essay. I am again happy to say we had a fantastic response, with the following selection being representative of the fine writing being exhibited by all.

To read all the submissions, visit here.
To learn more about the private group, visit here.

Please check out the writing and stop by the authors’ websites to show them your support.

Write on!

by Pam Schloesser-Canepa

Tussling with the dog. That was Jasmine’s story, this time. The scar would dissipate in a week, she knew. It did hurt. This was so unfair, yet, all too familiar.

Driving to work, Jasmine noticed she’d inadvertently put on one navy blue shoe and one black. An understandable mistake; they were almost identical, and those colors were close. I wonder if anyone will notice? She realized the light had turned. I sure don’t need a ticket.

To her left was the post office. Darn, I forgot that electric bill. Rick will lose it. Do I go back? She worried it might make her late, yet she didn’t need one more fight about the mail.

Her thoughts drifted to the invitation that had arrived the week before, for her ten year high school reunion. Of course, with a four month old baby and a full-time job, she hadn’t seriously considered. Still, she had thought of going.

“You just want to see all your old boyfriends! You wench!” Rick had screamed, holding the baby in his arms.

“No, Rick, don’t worry, I don’t need to go.” That’s how it always went. Keeping the peace. When she never received any in return.

Abruptly, she pulled into the post office. “I need a post office box,” she announced to the clerk. JUST for me.

With receipt of the key, she found the assigned box. It was cool inside. She imagined fitting inside of it, this doorway to distant places.

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

So, I just created a new page called “Writing Resources” where I’ve listed all the books in my library that I consider as resources critical to my self as a writer. Check it out – hopefully you’ll find some use out of it. And I’m always looking for new books to further my development so hopefully you’ll visit the page and post in the comments section resources you find critical to the development of your own writing self.

Out of all the books listed on the page, this inspiring little book, without a doubt, has had the most influence on me as a writer.


Resolved, More or Less…

LESS        MORE

Clicking       Talking
Talking        Thinking
Thinking     Reading
Reading       Writing



‘Tis The Season

'Tis The Season
Pool Season, that is…





Hey Author, got a Short Story for me to read?

So, I may have mentioned before that I am putting together a short story collection.

Working Title: LEAVE & Other Stories Short & Shorter.

I have most of it in place but it needs one or two more stories to round it out.


I’m stuck.

In a rut.

Shootin’ blanks.

One beer short of a six-pack…

Huh? Wait.


I haven’t been making much progress lately so I got to thinking…

Yeah I know, I know.

Anyway, I got to thinking that maybe if I read something really good, really fresh, it could jigger my brain back into its creative mode and I could get these last couple stories knocked out.

So what do you say, Author?

Got a short story for me to read?

If so, please cut and paste your 5000 words or less story into the comment block on the Contact page and send it to me by midnight, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

I will read all that I receive and then post the one I like best here on the ol’ blogaroo at 8PMish, not this Friday but the next, April 17, 2015, and invite the author to share a guest post with us right here on the aforementioned blogaroo.

If you have the story posted somewhere on your blog, tell us about it in the comment section and leave us a link. But for it to be selected, you must email it to me as ‘xplained above.



You and your short story will really be doing me and my brain a big favor.


If I Were Queen* of the World… [Thoughtful Thursday Selection]

Uneasy is the head that wears the crown…

Leadership is about convincing those whom you lead to do those things that they would not otherwise do. It is about setting an example you wish for others to emulate. It is about making tough choices, choices that oftentimes are not popular, and sometimes even painful…or life ending.

If I were Queen* of the World, the first thing I most likely would do is abdicate my crown as I am not sure I could handle such responsibility.

But fortunately for us, this is merely an exercise of what ifs where the consequences of our imagination propagate barely beyond the borders of this page…

All three of today’s responses to the prompt bring great value to this what if exercise of sort we just put ourselves through. For we find if one were QOTW, she would wipe out Evil in its entirety and bring about total global peace, if even for just one day. We find if another were QOTW, she would leave the status quo essentially in its existential place, for it is up to the individual, each of us, to want to choose the Good over Evil for the goodness to have any viable meaning and in order for Evil to, maybe not be conquered, but at least set back on its heels a bit. And, another, our selection for this first Daily Writing Prompt thingie, brings both the wish to wipe out Evil in its entirety and the understanding that, even if she were QOTW, her powers would still have their limits, and that perhaps her greatest power is the example that she can provide for others in how one should live a life of peace, of how one should choose compassion over anger, and of how she, as QOTW, by her example of peace and compassion could provide a less dangerous world for all of us to live and thrive in so that no one, especially our children, would have to become a refugee as a result from the failure of others to achieve peace.



To be a refugee means to be displaced. I wish nobody on this planet be affected by wars of any kind, which forces them to leave their shelter. The thought of “children being refugees of war” gives me goosebumps, more so because I’m a mother myself & anything related to a child makes me think in a motherly manner. It hurts deeply to read about what all trauma they face being refugees, that too being oblivious of what’s going on?

When I think of the people behind these wars & wonder the kind of mental state they have, often leads me to lot of frustration. They are not aliens, they are people like us, we call them inhuman, but that does not change the fact that they are human beings.

We all wish & Pray to God to make this world a better place. We wish for change.

I think a child is like a seed. You need to take care of it well. Nurture it with love & care. Instill in them from the very start, the value of kindness, value of love & let them know what is acceptable & what’s not. If each one of us will do our bit, then every house will produce a kind adult.

Imagine the fragrance of the world with so many kind flowers blooming then.

If the queen propagates kindness maybe the world will follow the suit. All this may sound unimaginable in today’s world. But if we’re talking about me being the queen, I will talk about my ways. Yes! That’s what I believe. Everything can be fixed with love. Hatred only leads to grudges & war. Love & words of kindness have immense healing power.

The queen will let it’s people know…
1. Be kind to those who are kind to you.
2.You don’t always need weapons to convey your point, use your words instead.
3. Anger always takes away people’s balanced thinking power.
4.Only a calm mind has the power to think wise.

A very tough & sensitive situation to deal with. The queen will have to be strong too. Stand tall & face it all. Last, but not the least –

Believe that she can make this world a better place to live.

Thank you very much to all who responded to this first Daily Writing Prompt thingie. Pretty cool.

Priyanki, if you are interested in a digital copy of one of my selections available at Amazon, please let me know your choice via the Contact page.

Write on! And see you all tomorrow…#FFF


*non-gender specific


If I Were Queen* of the World… [Thoughtful Thursday Prompt]

Welcome to our first Daily Writing Prompt thingie. Since today is Thursday our announcement post tells us this day is all about making this pretty yet petulant planet of ours a better place to live. The literary form (poem, essay, flash fiction, etc.) you use to instruct us in is up to you, but it must contain the words “children refugees of war.” If submitting a visual piece (artwork, photograph, video, etc.), then it must somehow speak, sing, or visually convey the same.

With so many innocent and helpless children refugees of war, please tell us Queen* of the World how you can make our planet a better place to live?

The selected submission will be posted at 8PMish tonight.

*non-gender specific

This is germane.


I now present to you…

First, we had the birth of the “Writer in Profile” emoticon

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and now we have the birth of…

The “Reader in Profile” emoticon

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Alternative renditions are…

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I authorize the use of these literary emoticons for your literary status updates…but only if they are literally being earned.