Short Stories Are Good For You #1LinerWeds

So I bought this book, The County that Defiantly Sleeps: Stories from Clapford County, Indiana, by Simon McKim.

Why? Because I know his family, and they’re good people. Also, because I remember when he was a little boy in my mother’s Sunday School group, The Church Mice. He was way funny, and a thoughtful, insightful kid.

Now that I have the book, I see that he’s only increased and refined those qualities since I knew him.

He says that “there is nothing better for getting through the week” than reading a short story.

Nothing except perhaps a scotch on the rocks, but I find short stories are easier on the liver in the long run.

I don’t agree with his choice of beverage (I’m a Bourbon fancier), but I can’t fault his logic.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: What’s your or your main character’s and/or your main antagonist’s best way for getting through the week?



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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One thought on “Short Stories Are Good For You #1LinerWeds

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    November 10, 2021 at 3:21pm

    I’m rather fond of Bourbon, myself. I don’t drink often, but when I do… An old-fashioned with Makers Mark or a gin and tonic with Gin Mare (oooh, just discovered that one in the Canary Islands – oooh…)

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      Marian Allen

      November 11, 2021 at 11:00am

      Four Roses is my jam. Charlie loved an Old Fashioned and usually got them if we ever went to a sit-down restaurant. I made him one at home, and he told everybody he knew. 😀

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      • Holly Jahangiri

        November 11, 2021 at 4:03pm

        I had one made with pure maple syrup, orange bitters, and Bada Bing cherries – haven’t looked back. The Gin Mare gin and tonic was first discovered on a beach on Gran Canaria, whilst eating tapas with my beloved.

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    November 10, 2021 at 3:22pm

    I agree, though, that short stories are healthier and can be part of a balanced, daily diet!

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