As the Short Story Guy, I started this blog to focus on short stories and, of course, have some fun. So, we introduce the “So Bad…It’s Good” series: once a month, we review a short story (or sometimes, a novel) that’s been turned into a film, by making our own parody movie. Read More…
Last year, at the end of 2014, I asked a simple question. “What are you going to do next year to change the world?”
Usually, when someone asks a question like that, people immediately rush to the grand, spectacular ways they’re going – or rather, think they should – change the world. Well, we need to stop hunger and find a cure for cancer and _______. Read More…
(Photo and story by shortstoriesshort.com)
When I started this site, I had high hopes. But I must admit, there were many doubts too. Over the months I have seen this site grow beyond my wildest dreams. And I have each and every visitor that comes to Paul Worthington Books, or shares this site with others, to thank for its huge success. Read More…
(Photo and Story by: Fred Burks for PEERS and WantToKnow.info )
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. I pray you all have a safe holiday, while spending time with loved ones. Speaking of loved ones, here’s a story I’m sure will make you appreciate those you love even more. A word of warning: get some Kleenex; you’re going to need it. Read More…
When writing flash fiction, it’s pretty much looking at an iceberg in the reverse. You have to see the big unseen picture, so you can be able to appreciate the smaller one. Case in point: when I was inspired to write the story “Hands Off” I pictured how life would be for a family if all but one, woke without their hands. The mother would be the only one with hands. Read More…
I just have to say it – I appreciate every reader that finds his or her way to our blog. Thank you – you are the best, hands down.
Speaking of hands, do you like yours? I like mine’s. I wash my hands a lot, even when they are clean.
Have you ever thought how different your life would be without hands? Let’s write a fifty word or less story living without hands. Read More…
(Photo Credit- Kitone)
All you short story readers- here’s a little treat.
My father held the firm belief that kids should be seen and heard.
It was that conviction that afforded me the opportunities to sit in the company of him and his friends as they spewed both truths and lies.
Those storytellers made my young life fun. I’ll never forget them or their teachable moments. Read More…
It is said, though not proven, that Hemingway coined this short story:
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Serious flash fiction, right? And it definitely is a story: a beginning, middle, and end. And for myself, it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever heard. Read More…
I’ve been writing short stories for eight years, and I tell you – never have I come across a more fascinating, fun, and inspiring literary form than short story writing.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve read many novels in my lifetime. Sidney Sheldon, Khaled Hosseini, Donald Goines – I run the gambit when to comes to novel reading. Read More…