a short story by Peter Palmieri (This story was previously published in The Starship Logs Volume 2: Creatures by Telltale Press – 2020) “Don’t eat too fast,” Mrs. Miller said as she popped the lid off the chicken-and-gravy jar, one of those with a wide-eyed, chubby-cheeked infant on its label. “You’ll get a tummy acheContinue reading “Harmless Beasts”
by Peter Palmieri This was the Grand Prize winning entry at the 2015 Dallas Medicine+Literature writing contest. The highest praise I received as a doctor came from a steely-eyed, reticent cowboy near the start of my career. He sat in the mommy chair of my exam room, his three-year old daughter squirming on his steadyContinue reading “A Long Stretch of Highway – a short story”
Leroy Abellard meets interesting people on the graveyard shift at Parkland Hospital. Previously published in Beyond the Levee, an anthology of short stories (copyright 2020) If it had an engine, Leroy Abellard could fix it — it didn’t matter if it was a lawnmower or a 25-ton industrial AC unit. By the time he wasContinue reading “PARKLAND – a short story”
It’s hard to get started. Maybe you’re a plotter. You’ve spent the last six months researching your novel, drafting a detailed outline, writing comprehensive profiles for all your characters. Or maybe you’re a pantser, someone who writes a story by the seat of their pants. It doesn’t matter. That first line can be intimidating. YouContinue reading “Write the first line last”
There is a psychological reward that readers of novels seek that is seldom discussed. What is it? The answer may surprise you. When you need cold information– technical facts, historical details, expert analysis–there is no better source to turn to than non-fiction books. But when you want to learn about human nature, novels are anContinue reading “A good story can save your life”
A conversation about IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER by ITALO CALVINO
Story is both the fuel and the lubricant for the human cortex.
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