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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Candy or roses?

cj Sez: Candy or roses notwithstanding, what would be your ideal Valentine’s Day gift From your special someone?

   Now that that’s settled…what would be your ideal Valentine’s Day gift To your special someone?
   When I had a significant other (in the olden days), the thing I wanted most was to be reminded that he cared . . . but I wanted that on any day except Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or my birthday.
   I was always floating when he unexpectedly dropped by the office with a single rose in a vase because he was thinking of me.
   Brings back some old, sweet memories.
   Speaking of something old, I dusted off an old, short story (several years in the making), spent a day cutting/polishing, and sent it off as a submission to an anthology. It was the second short story I’ve re-edited and submitted (to a different anthology) in the past month.
   Yay or nay from the editors will come much later. Of course, I’ll be bummed if I get a “thanks, but no thanks,” but really, I’m excited to be excited about writing again.
   My advice to writers is: Don’t give up on those old stories of yours. Maybe, someday one of them will be the draft you need to respond to a call for submissions without starting from scratch.

Celebrating Black History Month

Alan Sealls is a well-respected meteorologist in Mobile, Alabama, and he “owns” the position among his peers. It’s obvious to his fans (me included) that he loves what he does and is happy to share his knowledge. Like the following article says, he’s opening doors and making history and the community loves him.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
   In VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES, the third installment of the Mobile Writers Guild anthology series, members (cj included) celebrate the traditional romantic aspect of Valentine’s Day with sweet and funny stories of hearts, flowers, and kisses, but they also explore the darkness that surrounds the day with a few tales of intrigue, madness, and murder.  
Writers Guild members share their stories—some true and some fictional, some funny, some touching, and some downright chilling. The street festivities are on hold, the floats are not parading, but no problem. 

   Don your beads, deck yourself out in purple, gold, and green, grab a Moon Pie, and relax with some great stories while you experience a little bit of the Mobile Mardi Gras tradition.  BUY NOW
   cj Sez: That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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P.S.  My stand-alone novels (suspense with a touch of romance) are out of print on Amazon, but The Haunted Bookshop has signed copies in stock. The store has re-opened to limited hours, so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.
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