Author: mbjshort

I am an aspiring author who loves to write and have published several short stories in magazines and newspapers. I have also written novels in various genres, excerpts from which you will see here frequently. I welcome other writers to contact me for the chance to publish their works and participate in competitions. I am also a member of the Wordsmiths group that meets in Alliston, Ontario and will share the spotlight with short stories and poems from my peers. You too can be one of my guest authors.

Short’s Shorts blog for Dec 4th

Thank goodness the wind finally dropped. I half expected to end up in Oz last night. But today the sun is shining and I am content. This week’s stories begin with a sweet story by Dian Bowers, titled “A Pebble in the Hand” and for those of you who haven’t heard yet, Dian is recovering from heart surgery. Please send your thoughts and prayers for her swift recovery.

Next, we have a longer story in two chapters, titled “The Christmas List” and written by myself. Then a poem from Patricia Burnett sending Christmas wishes, titled Christmas Blessings and finally a humorous story that we can all relate to if we have teens in the family, or remembering back to when we were a teen. The story is titled “Fibber McGee’s Closet by Angie Rose Carnegie.

Don’t forget to send your comments for the authors and I am open for submissions – Christmas, Hannukah or any winter tales. Also, if you want your Christmas message featured on the main page, please send a photo and text to brendashort@writingblog.ca

Don’t forget your ugly Christmas sweater or T-shirt. Send a snapshot for a chance to win a prize.

Bren

Short’s Shorts blog for Nov 27th

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Hello everyone,

Here we are on the countdown to Christmas and I haven’t even begun my shopping yet. However, I’ve looked out this year’s ugly sweater in readiness for my challenge. The Christmas tree goes up today and that should stimulate me to think seasonal thoughts.

This week’s stories begin with an amusing slice of life from Michelle Dinnick titled “The Visit”. Then part two of the latest story chain titled “Wildfire”, the conclusion written by myself. A seasonal poem from Angela van Breemen, presented with the perfect backdrop, titled “The Cycle”. Lastly, a delightful, wintery awakening, described in detail by Dian Bowers and titled “A Magical Morning”. Join me on writersblog.ca and don’t forget to send your comments for the writers.

Send me your Christmas greeting messages to post and also Christmas stories and poems. And…don’t forget the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater challenge. Your picture could win you a prize and you will all have a chance to vote for the best one.

Bren

Short’s Shorts blog for Nov 20th

Hello everyone,

Welcome to a snowy day. Sit back with a cup of cocoa and enjoy this week’s stories. Firstly we have another adventure from my old couple Lovey and Lass, titled “The Visa Card”. Next is a story chain, chapter one by Dian Bowers titled “Wildfire”. Followed by the winner of the pumpkin cookbook, a poem by Angie Rose-Carnegie titled “Pumpkins and Squash”. And finally, another humorous story by Mike Crompton, titled “Being Confined”.

I hope you enjoy the stories and the poem. As usual, please send your comments for the authors.

We are heading into the Christmas season and as such, I am putting out a request for your Christmas stories and poems. Please send them to brendashort@writingblog.ca for the chance to be published next month.

Last year, some of you sent me your Christmas greetings with photos and a message. If you would like to send out greetings to your friends and family, now is the time to prepare. I will begin to post these the first week in December, also there will be a prize once again for the ugliest Christmas sweater. Send me your photos by December 17th to participate.

Bren

Blog for November 6th on writingblog.ca

Hello Everyone,

This week we commemorate our fallen war heroes with a request to remember the dead from Isolde Ryan, titled “Lest We Forget”. Next is chapter three of our current story chain, “Fresh and Forgotten”, written by Chantelle Carignan-Fieldhouse. It’s a cliffhanger now, with the perfect ending coming next week…stay tuned. Then, a poignant war poem that brought a tear to my eye, titled “God is Calling (Ode To Ukraine)”, written by Angie Rose-Carnegie. Finally, the third-place winner in the Halloween spooky stories competition, titled “The Real Haunted House – An Interview” by Michelle Dinnick.

Thank you to all the contributors and keep those stories coming, and if you have comments for the authors, please send them to me. Speaking of stories, don’t forget the pumpkin and squash story writing competition. The recipe book is well worth winning. Let me have your stories or poems by November 18th. for a chance to be published on Short’s Shorts website, writingblog.ca

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, the stores are officially full of Christmas cheer, so I guess that now is the time to think about those Christmas stories. So, dust off the old ones or get busy with new ideas. The Christmas story writing competition kicks off next week. Details to follow.

Bren

Halloween Writing Competition on writingblog.ca

Hello everyone,

Only one day left to get your entries in for the Halloween writing competition. The competition closes at midnight tomorrow, October 26th. Send your Halloween story to brendashort@writingblog.ca for a chance to win $20. The winner and runners-up will be showcased on the weekly blog for Halloween weekend.

Bren

Writing competition for Halloween

Hello everyone,

Only one day left to get your entries in for the Halloween writing competition. The competition closes at midnight tomorrow, October 26th. Send your Halloween story to brendashort@writingblog.ca for a chance to win $20. The winner and runners-up will be showcased on the weekly blog for Halloween weekend.

Bren