Saturday, September 5, 2015


GREETINGS friends, readers, and fellow writers. It's been almost a year and a half since I last posted an entry on this, my blog, The Joy of Story. I'm writing now to let you know I'll be returning soon. I have new ideas for my blog. I plan to post at least once a month, but perhaps more often, given enough time. Here's what I expect to include monthly:

• A review of a book I've recently read or I'm in the middle of.
• A guest post by a fellow writer, allowing that writer to plug a book, new or old.
• A brief, entertaining, and opinionated essay on the craft of writing stories.
• A 99-word story by me.
• A writing prompt, inviting other writers (you!) to send me 99-word stories, which will be included in the following month's post, if they follow the rules.

Other occasional features:

• Humorous poems by my father, who died when I was two years old.
• Short essays reprinted from Black Lamb, a literary mag I contribute to monthly.
• Reviews of books recently published by my publishing company, Daniel & Daniel.

So please stay tuned!

I expect, if all goes according to schedule, to be back on the first Saturday in October. If you want a personal reminder when the time comes, send me an email at

Till then, keep writing, and take pleasure in the Joy of Story!


  1. I'm glad to hear you're coming back. Yea! And thank you.
    Marja McGraw

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Hope all's well with you.

  3. Great! Spunky and I are thrilled you are doing this again. We understand completely how difficult it can be to be a faithful blogger. Once again you have served as an inspiration and we too will resume our blogging obligations. Onward! Yes, please do keep us on the alert list..

  4. So good to hear from you, Holly. Yes, I look forward to returning to the blog world and hope I can keep it interesting and fun. I'll keep you posted. All best to you, Spunky, and the rest of your family.