Hand-Selling, Holidays, and Hoorah!

I took some of the Southern Indiana Writers’ books to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Dutch Fair the other day, but nobody bought any. This, despite my attempt to hand-sell to what seemed like a natural market. In spite of my stellar salesmanship, she resisted all blandishments in favor of gustatory refreshment. Tough crowd.

Still, it was a beautiful day, and I bought plenty, so that balances it out, right? Right? Right?

The Southern Indiana Writers’ anthology, HOLIDAY BIZARRE is ready to go live. I’m appalled at how many of my stories (and a poem) are in it. We started with our out-of-print CHRISTMAS BIZARRE, which had one of my stories and the poem, took out stories by members no longer attending, and asked the current membership for new stories on other holidays. I wrote one (“Lonnie, Me and the Battle of St. Crispin’s Day”) and then, afraid we wouldn’t have enough pages, added reprints of another short story (“The Cautionary Tale of Silas Rockport”) and two flash fiction pieces (“Holiday” and “Goldie”). I’m not the only one with multiple stories, of course. Don’t worry about that. It’s a good collection.

I’ve also been invited to contribute to a winter-holiday collection for which I have what I think will be an amusing idea. We shall see. Time will tell.

Hoorah! I finished my July story for The Summer Reading Trail! That will go live on July 1. It’s a cozy mystery featuring three new characters — four, if you count the sheriff.

It’s Tuesday, so I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today, on the subject of Beets. Yes, beets!

The blog book tour for THE CORNER CAFE is in its final week. Today’s post is (or will be, depending on what time you read this post) on S.B.Lerner’s blog and there’s also one at Mary Montague Sikes’ blog. Visit both!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character tries to sell something with no success.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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