Book Review – "Blue", by J.D. Riso

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In J.D.  Riso’s book Blue, forget about anything you might think you know about exotic dancers, or strippers. On the fringes of society, strippers and exotic dancers, if they’re thought of at all by mainstream America, are often thought of with contempt, disdain, or out-and-out hostility. At the very least, total misunderstanding.

J.D.  Riso changes that.

Blue River is a product of rape; unwanted and treated as invisible, it’s not until she meets up with Kevin that she starts on the path to finding her own identity. By becoming what she thinks the man she loves wants, she believes she can make him love her. She doesn’t realize until she can love herself, no one else will.

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And Where Have You Been, Young Lady?

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That’s a good question, and I wish I had a good answer.

The truth of the matter is, as some of you might know, I lost my momma in August and the world has not been the same since. I’ve been trying very hard not to fall into the Abyss of Depression, but it’s been a difficult battle. Words don’t come as easily now as they once did, and this causes me no small amount of angst.

I guess everyone deals with a Major Life-Changing Event in their own way, and I have to constantly do a self-check — and I have to stop being so hard on myself. Why is it so difficult to be as kind to myself as I am to other people? Dunno. A Mystery of the Universe, at least for right now, because it’s too damned early in the morning to do an intense self-examination.

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Ruminations Regarding Flash Fiction

I came into writing late in life. I think I was forty-one or two (the years become hazy when you get past twenty-five) when I wrote my first short story, although I had written some pieces in high school and edited a newsletter for an insurance company I used to work for. Life before this time was very….confining, let’s say, and not conducive to the creative process.

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Market Monday Week One

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Haunting the markets used to be a habit of mine.  Time and circumstance has limited me somewhat recently, but I’m happy to report the majority of my bookmarks are still working. Small markets come and go at a fast pace and some excellent online publications, sadly, faded out of the marketplace. It’s a loss for everyone, because those ezines produced some excellent literature.

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Submission Suggestions

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As promised (and just under the wire, heh) here are my suggestions for the flash from our Friday exercise:

Clapboard House specializes in Southern-flavored flash fiction. (Say that three times fast, heh!)

The Foliate Oak is another online literary journal that might fit our drawl, or give you inspiration to re-write for their guidelines.

Quick Fiction is another one that popped into my head when thinking about where the stories we have could find a home.

The usual disclaimer — make sure to review their guidelines carefully, and follow them. And remember, rejections are not personal attacks. It’s as much luck and serendipity as talent, as much perseverance as vision.

Good luck, and thanks for playing!

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Sarah Palin, Miss Congeniality

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This is an article on a sister blog of mine, regarding Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice of running mate. Not writing-related, so it’s posted there. Let me know what you think.

Working on the flash piece — wow, I’m out of shape. It’s been so long since I’ve written fiction, I feel a little rusty. Oh, I’ve blogged, done some freelance gigs, working on a couple of projects, but it’s not the same. Still, a hiatus from fiction is like being celibate for a period of time. Once you end your celibacy, after the first time it all comes flooding back and you’re right in the thick of it again.

You know, there’s so many jokes in there it fair makes a maid swoon. However, I’ll spare you. I have fiction to write, don’t you?

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Searching For Sasquatch

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You have created a literary masterpiece, a gem of a short story. You just know you’re destined to be the next Great Thing in short fiction, and the money will be rolling in. Just a short word of caution: I’ve heard earning a living from writing short fiction can be done, but I’ve also heard people have seen a Sasquatch.

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Interview With A Goddess Of Flash

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I am a flash fiction addict, and I’m not the only one. My favorite thing to receive in my mailbox every day is a tasty shot of flash fiction from Flashshot. Not only am I an avid reader, I’m also a Flashshooter. It is a fine publication, and in this busy life, those little bursts of fiction often stimulate conversation and occasionally, the Elusive Muse. The experience of submitting work has always been pleasant, due in no small part to Esther Schrader, editor-in-chief of Flashshot.

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A Way With Words

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Do you have a way with words? Of course you do, or you wouldn’t be here. The question is, what is the best vehicle for your wordsmithing?

The writing world is much bigger than you may realize. You might start out in fiction, but don’t let a definition limit your possibilities. The sad truth is, you can starve to death writing fiction, but if you know the basics of telling a story, you can market your work in a variety of venues.

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