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.

Writing Competition results

Hello everyone,

The $50 winner of the recent Semi-Annual Writing Competition is Angie Rose-Carnegie with her story “Magical Island Vacation”  A close runner-up For $25 prize was Dian Bower with her vacation story, “Our First Family Trip”. You can read and enjoy their stories on next week’s blog at writingblog.ca.  Please join me in congratulating Angie and Dian.

Bren  

Blog for June 26th

Hello everyone,

This week we begin the third version of the story chain, titled Deep Freeze. The three stories are all based on the same sentence, “The inspector let slip that the body was well preserved, but missing an appendage, which had been cruelly severed while they were still alive.” I hope you have been following. If you missed any of the chapters, they are published in the archives, under ‘story chains’ The other contribution this week is a poem from me, titled Let’s Get a Pet, a conversational poem between two people. Meantime, I am holding the first and last page for the winners of the writing competition, hoping that the results come through this week.

I’m looking for stories about Canada and USA for the upcoming celebrations in July. If you have a story or poem that you would like to share, please send it to me at brendashort@writingblog.ca

Blog for June 19th

Hello everyone,

Join me this week for a story about school bullying, something that happens every day. The story is from our dear friend Mike Crompton and is titled “Long Long Ago”. Another wonderful poem from Angela van Breemen, titled “The Wisdom of the River” and the climax of our story chain, “Murder, Murder, Murder” by Joanie Kavanagh. Also, a memorable story from my past, titled “The Wizard of Oz” Hope you enjoy this week’s contributions. Please send your comments.

The writing competition is now closed and entries have been sent for judging. I will post the results on June 25th and the stories will appear on the website in July.

Bren

June 12th blog

Hello everyone,

Join me this week on writingblog.ca for a typical June story of Teddy Bears, titled “The Picnic” and the fourth chapter in our Story Chain – “Murder, murder, murder” This week’s chapter is penned by Erin Frey. The poem of the week is titled “Angela’s Tree”, written by Chantelle Carignan-Fieldhouse and dedicated to her friend Angela. Finally, a heartbreaking story of a child lost, but with a happy ending, titled “The Gold Medal” by Patricia Burnett. – Bren

Just a reminder that this is the final week to enter the semi-annual writing competition. Everyone has a story to tell about a certain vacation, good or bad. Send it to me for a chance to win $50. Details are on the News and Current Events page – https://writingblog.ca/news-current-events

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June 6th blog for Short’s Shorts – anniversary of D-Day

Short's Shorts

Hello everyone,

Join me today on writingblog.ca to read a first-hand account of the allied D-Day invasion of France from Trevor Price, (very recently deceased) Trevor was on active service in the Royal Navy at the time and documented the role he had to play on that famous day, titled “D-Day, June 6th, 1944”. Also, read on for informative genealogical facts from Tammy Tipler-Priolo our resident genealogist, titled “Coattail Relatives Do Have Tales”. The poem of the week from Dian Bower takes you on a delightful river adventure, titled “A Lazy Daisy Day”. Then we have the third, gripping chapter by Mary Penner from our chain story, “Murder, Murder, Murder”. Send me your comments on these latest writings at brendashort@writingblog.ca, or click on the comments button.

Don’t forget our writing competition. Your best…or worst holiday adventure! There are prizes to be won! Check for details at https://writingblog.ca/news-current-events-2/

Bren

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June 6th blog for Short’s Shorts – anniversary of D-Day

Hello everyone,

Join me today on writingblog.ca to read a first-hand account of the allied D-Day invasion of France from Trevor Price, (very recently deceased) Trevor was on active service in the Royal Navy at the time and documented the role he had to play on that famous day, titled “D-Day, June 6th, 1944”. Also, read on for informative genealogical facts from Tammy Tipler-Priolo our resident genealogist, titled “Coattail Relatives Do Have Tales”. The poem of the week from Dian Bower takes you on a delightful river adventure, titled “A Lazy Daisy Day”. Then we have the third, gripping chapter by Mary Penner from our chain story, “Murder, Murder, Murder”. Send me your comments on these latest writings at brendashort@writingblog.ca, or click on the comments button.

Don’t forget our writing competition. Your best…or worst holiday adventure! There are prizes to be won! Check for details at https://writingblog.ca/news-current-events-2/

Bren

Blog for May 29th

Hello everyone,

Join me this week and learn how to play poker with Angie Rose-Carnegie and her story titled “Trusted Advice”.  Or make a wish on a shooting star with my story titled “Lovey and Lass: The Shooting Star”.  A poem of hope by Angela van Breemen titled “The Sun Will Shine Again” and chapter 2 of our current story chain, “Murder, Murder, Murder” written by Isolde Ryan. 

The weather is lovely, so find some time to go outside and enjoy it before the temperature rises into the 30s.  Inspiration is just outside your door.

Bren

May 23rd blog for Short’s Shorts

Hello everyone,

Well, my tulips didn’t last long with that thunderous rain yesterday. However, they were lovely while they bloomed. We have very interesting stories this week – A humorous tale from Mike Crompton that will teach us all a lesson in this age of technology titled “Reply To All”. A heart-wrenching story from Chantelle Carignan-Fieldhouse titled “What Now?” and a new story beginning the story chain murder mystery, titled “Murder, Murder, Murder”. Our poem of the week is from Frank Castellano titled simply “Mother”

Check the News and Current Events page for information about our Semi-Annual writing competition and don’t forget, all the proceeds will be matched and sent to Red Cross for Ukraine. Have a wonderful Victoria Day!

Bren