Very Short Story Friday

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Today’s short story: There is no short story today.

Sorry.  Not sorry.

Let’s just say some days are more equal than others.

Say that and go enjoy your weekend.

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June 6 is National Cancer Survivors Day

On Sunday, June 6, 2021 – National Cancer Survivors Day® – cancer survivors and supporters around the world will unite to recognize cancer survivors, raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face, and celebrate life.

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Meadows, Jordan call for Fauci to return to Congress and answer questions about emails
Fox News
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, joined “Hannity” Wednesday and called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to return to Congress and answer questions raised by the release of his emails. Read More.

Journalist Andy Ngo says he was attacked in Portland, releases bloody photos: ‘Antifa tried to kill me’
Blaze Media
“No journalist in America should ever face violence for doing his or her job,” Ngo said in a statement released on Wednesday night. “Yet on Friday, May 28, Antifa tried to kill me again while I was reporting on the ongoing protests and riots in Portland, Ore. for a new chapter of my book, ‘Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.'” Read More.

Fauci’s Book No Longer To Be Sold On Amazon, Barnes & Noble Amid Backlash For Profiting Off Pandemic
Leo Terrell
“White House coronavirus adviser and long-time U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s upcoming book has been scrubbed from and altered on online listings, amid criticism that he is profiting from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic” reports Just the News. Read More.

If the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis is true, expect a political earthquake
The Guardian
Now the media is filled with disturbing stories suggesting that Covid might have come — not from “populism” at all, but from a laboratory screw-up in Wuhan, China. You can feel the moral convulsions beginning as the question sets in: What if science itself is in some way culpable for all this? Read More.


The British History Podcast

Chopped Bard




The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Everything is Writable

Dismal Falls, Giles/Bland Counties, Virginia

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

– Sylvia Plath

Periodically I will remind myself that I should be writing.

I mean, not the daily rambling that I do here, or the daily therapy of my thousand words a day goal (now approaching its sixth year).

I mean the real stuff.

Stuff that I would like to publish.

But, like I said yesterday, I can’t always stress over self-imposed deadlines.

Still, I have some works in progress.

Like my current novel. I started it as a Nanowrimo project several years ago. It’s mostly done except for a few mid-chapters that involve a courtroom trial, a stage production, and the death of a beloved pet.

I know. Cheery stuff.

I might have been a little further along with this work. But a few years back I heeded the advice to “write what you know.”

When I started the work as a Nanowrimo piece, I set it in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Funny thing is, even though it’s been almost forty years since I fell in love with the place while watching The Big Chill, I’ve still never been there.

I’ve been meaning to.

I just don’t get out much.

As no one was offering me a writing fellowship to go live in Beaufort for a year whilst I finished, I moved the

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setting to Southwest Virginia where I grew up.

It’s almost done. Almost.

My other almost completed novel is based on people I knew, and a good bit of drama they caused, when I worked in Washington, DC.

I’ve joked that I needed to wait until the principals were dead before I could publish it. I can do that now. I just need to edit out the fluff.

This morning I’m thinking that Plath was right. You can write about anything.

I need to remember that when I’m struggling to find topics, particularly for this blog.

In reality the only real writer’s block is that block of time required to sit your fanny down at the keyboard.

I feel seen.

I’ve got stories. I need to get busy telling them.

In full confession, I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything by Sylvia Plath.

But that’s another story.

Maybe one that I could write about.







Fauci’s emails outed in FOIA request: Researcher with close ties to Wuhan lab personally thanked him in for dispelling lab leak ‘myths’
Biz Pac Review
The leader of a nonprofit group with close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology personally thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci in April 2020 for publicly rejecting the notion that the lab could be connected to the release of COVID-19. Read More.

National Black Power Convention activist says a time to ‘kill everything white in sight’ will soon come
Blaze Media
A black rights activist at a weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that a time would come when black Americans would need to “kill everything white in sight.” Read More.

How to Create a Soundtrack for Your Life
The Art of Manliness
With distinct chapters and turning points, twists and turns, griefs and triumphs, our own individual lives have often been compared to narratives — ones we must author, direct, in memorable, fulfilling ways. In this pursuit, we would be well served to take a cue from other forms of storytelling, by overlaying the unfolding course of our lives with potent musical accompaniment. Read More.

Third Virginia sheriff switches from Democrat to Republican over policing reforms
The Center Square
In response to legislative Democrats enacting a series of police reforms, three Southwest Virginia sheriffs elected as Democrats have changed their party to become Republicans. Read More.

Governor DeSantis Signs Controversial Bill Declaring The Sky Is Blue
The Babylon Bee
“Through sheer malice, bigotry, and hatred, I declare the sky is blue!” said DeSantis at the signing ceremony. “Maybe next I’ll declare grass to be green, enforcing myopic reality on everyone! Mwuh ha ha ha!” DeSantis then signed the bill with ink he declared to be black no matter what anyone else thought about it. Read More.


The British History Podcast

Chopped Bard




The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26