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NO GOAT

no-goat-tby John Jonelis

This thing still replays in my mind. And the news is everywhere!

“The last real American sports story—the story of the team that couldn’t and seemingly never would—is gone for good…  [Rick Morrissey – Sun Times]   Now I watch in shocked delight as the Cub’s sleeping bats come alive! A leadoff home run…

“…ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration.”  [Ronald Blum – Associated Press]  …now more runs—a lot more runs, but way too many innings left to go… Continue reading

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CLOSER TO HEAVEN

 

Canada 2014-8843ATas told by Mark T Wayne

Danger and deprivation make up the joys of any wilderness expedition.  Have you ever heard an adventurer speak of anything else?  I have not, sir!  Our bold band is bound for a rare excursion!  Today, we hope to try our mettle against the Canadian Wild! Continue reading

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THE BUSINESS PLAN POLICE

Business Plan PoliceBill Blaire – special correspondent –

as told to John Jonelis

Bill Blaire here. Lemme tell ya how things develop before all da trouble starts.  Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 29

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A Crowdsourced Novel
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Desi leaned back further in his leather chair in the waiting room of Ivan & Associates alternately turning pages in his Playboy magazine and glancing at the magnificent view of the city. He rested his feet on the ottoman. Uncle Uomo was too cheap to let him even talk about an office in this building. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 28

Roya Fetova

A Crowdsourced Novel

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Agent Harris scowled at his subordinate. “Send that kid back to whatever school he came from.” Used to be the outfit held to regular standards. Now they sent these experts. None of ‘em worth their fat fees and now a green kid. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 27

Roya Fetova

A Crowdsourced Novel

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At the sound of the door, Desi Grasso glanced from his computer and then looked again in earnest. A well-tailored businessman stood in the open doorway. Bald. Glasses. Old, yet he looked fit. How did this guy get past the guards? How did he get inside and reach the second floor of the shop without tripping the alarm? The thought of how that might happen sent an instant chill up Desi’s spine but he determined not to show fear. “Who the hell are you?” Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 26

Roya Fetova

A Crowd Sourced Novel

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Frank’s body heat filled the box. The few holes drilled in the metal sides didn’t bring enough oxygen. Sweat dripped off his nose. With head crammed low between his knees, unable to move, his anger grew and his breathing quickened. Continue reading

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SECRET

When a violent crime takes place, should the police always be involved? The quick answer is yes, but ponder a moment. I mean this as a human question, not an ethical one. We are emotional creatures and we make decisions through the filter of past experience. Continue reading

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TERRIFIED

Why does a kid ride a rollercoaster? Why does an outdoorsman shoot a rapids, climb a peak, hunt shark with a spear gun? Is it just the adrenaline rush? It can’t be. I can get that from a couple pots of sweet coffee. So why do we get such a kick out of being terrified? Continue reading

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WHO READS?

Long RifleI just completed a video interview with the 13-year-old daughter of a friend. She reads. She enjoys it. She knows what she likes. She knows why she likes it. This girl read my entire novel—a story intended for adults—and told me it was, “awesome.” Incidentally, she gave a terrific interview. Continue reading

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TOM CLANCY REVISITED

I am continuing my slow read through the Clancy Series, in the chronology of Jack Ryan’s career.  So far, this is a pure joy.

Just finished the “Cardinal of the Kremlin”.  Even though “Red October” is my personal favorite, Continue reading

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IS FICTION MORE THAN ENTERTAINMENT?

This response from J KIRSCH strikes me as so profound that I am reproducing it here:

This post brings up an interesting conundrum: why does fiction sometimes equal or transcend the ability of nonfiction to touch someone? People see a headline or a paragraph and are able to distance themselves from a real tragedy. On the other hand have that person read their favorite novel in which they lose a major character and they feel real sadness. Continue reading

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