The Biggest Bitch in the Pack – Kerry- 6/4/17

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One Year of Letters

The Biggest Bitch in the Pack

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

June 4th, 2017

My daughter, Bear, has a service dog through Canine Companions for Independence. We waited three years while the organization vetted us as a qualified family and while the appropriate dog was trained. When the time came and a dog with the right potential personality and skills became available, we moved to Dublin, Ohio for intense training. To graduate as a service team, we needed to master the commands and show our ability to adapt them in ways to help when we reached home. My daughter, her dog Latte, and I form a three-point companion team. Although Bear and Latte are usually pretty good about remembering, I reinforce the commands and ensure they pay attention to the rules in public.

My girl has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, autism, and a number of other diagnoses. Latte helps keep…

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The Sky is on Fire – by Angela L. Lindseth

Source: The Sky is on Fire – by Angela L. Lindseth

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Good Girl by Angela L. Lindseth

For my little River dog…

Background photo: Vargazs/Pixabay, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Thirty years ago Angela played with the idea of a book while looking out from an abandoned fire tower in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since that time, she has stumbled her way through life. She obtained her Geological Engineering degree, but ditched that for an electrician’s license. She’s worked a variety of jobs but never found the one that fit.

The skeleton of that story never left her. Today, she has a finished novel and a published collection of flash fiction called Sanity’s Threshold. Finding her calling has opened her imagination and a multitude of words have poured onto the page.

Her flash fiction ranges from dark and twisted, to sad and sappy. For more of her work visit her website and Facebook author page.

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Growing Old – Guest Post by Angela Lindseth

Thank you Rhetoric Askew for the guest blog spot!

Rhetoric Askew

It’s a creaky, old house; low ceilings, uneven floors, not a speck of insulation, but I call it home. I will be here for many years, not because I have to, but because I want to. Not because I don’t have a choice, but because I do have a choice. It’s my place. I’m at peace with it.

The house, like me, is aging and hopefully, with grace. We’ve deteriorated with time. We sag and need a new coat of paint. Each summer it’s harder to trim the hedges and the lawn doesn’t get mowed. Upkeep is a struggle, and we’re not willing participants.

Every winter I huddle in front of the Dearborn furnace, probably original with the house, which cooks my skin while it’s on and requires a sweater when it’s off.

It’s hard growing old and yet so easy at the same time. It’s not until I look…

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7 Tips To Increase Website Traffic

Jay Colby

Sometimes it seems extremely hard to get those first 100 visitors to your website or blog it can be frustrating and overwhelming when this happens. In most cases this happens when you are just creating your first content and you just don’t know how to generate traffic. I can speak from personal experience when I first created my site I had no idea how to gain traffic or where to start. When I started to research I found there were many ways to accomplish this some worked pretty well and others were not effective.  So in today’s post I’m going to share seven ways to increase traffic to your website or blog.

1. Facebook groups:

Facebook is a great promotion tool whether you’re in the B2B or B2C industry. Facebook Group promotion in my experience gives more traffic than a fan page. Group promotion not only helps to target right…

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Marketing, My Nemesis


I don’t care what people say, writing the book is the easy part.  By far the biggest challenge is marketing. Go ahead, write a hundred books, it won’t matter if people can’t find it.

Even if you are traditionally published, you will be expected to do a major portion of the marketing and that doesn’t just mean a social media presence.

I found this great article from Submittable. It has great ideas like:

  • Search Engine Marketing/Optimization
  • Unconventional PR
  • Social and Display Ads
  • Targeting Blogs
  • Trade Shows
  • Email Marketing.

and so much more great info! Let’s get busy!

Traction: Treating your Book like a Startup or 19 Ways For Writers and Publishers to Get Readers

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Sanity’s Threshold: Slivers of a Twisted Mind by Angela L. Lindseth

Thanks so much for the review! Love the kind words. The idea of an introduction is perfect and I will include that on my next collection.

I won a copy of Sanity’s Threshold: Slivers of a Twisted Mind during a book launch party on Facebook.  Not my standard disclaimer, but take it for what it’s worth.

 Sanity’s Threshold: Slivers of a Twisted Mind by Angela L. Lindseth is a collection of flash fiction pieces.  Some of the stories are close to complete short stories.  Others are no more than one hundred words or so.  The main themes of the collection run along the lines of dark fantasy and horror.  A few are just plain odd.


I loved how much emotion Lindseth packed into each piece.  I don’t think I found one lacking in that aspect.  They were strong and poignant in just a short handful of words.  I would love to know how Lindseth perfected that skill.  On this score alone, I would recommend this…

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Check out my flash fiction piece from Sanity’s Threshold which is still available on Amazon

Rhetoric Askew

Our days are numbered. The fireball in the sky will make sure of that. It’s too bright to look at, but I stole a peek through my fingers. The glowing sphere is larger than the sun; yet it’s light years away. Keplar’s Supernova, in 1604, was the last time something like this was recorded. It was 20,000 light years away and visible in the daytime for three weeks. That little kitten has nothing on this tiger.

I don’t go outside anymore. My air conditioner hums at full speed, on the coldest setting. The house shimmers with heat. I touch a wall and feel the heat fight its way through the plaster. I wonder how long the power grid is going to hold up under this much strain. My guess is, not long. Already I hear the drag of the motor as it tries to stay ahead of the temperature.


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The Elephant in the Room — Colleen – 12/1/2016

I love the ladies of One Year of Letters. Their writing is thoughtful and talented

One Year of Letters

elephant-dungThe Elephant in the Room

1 December 2016

You may have noticed the long period of silence from One Year of Letters. In addition to the individual pressures keeping us from our beloved keyboards, we’ve all been reeling from the results of the American election. I can’t speak for the rest of my team, but I’ve spent much of the past two months absorbed in anxious hand-wringing and reading. Lots and lots of reading.

And lots of unpleasant social media confrontations.

I dislike confrontation, which may seem ironic to you, considering how frequently I use One Year of Letters to call out hate and injustice. You see, for writers it’s much, much easier to orate than to argue. We can say what we like on our own platform, and we hope what we say somehow resonates with you. Sometimes you even write to affirm it. Online forums, on the other…

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Three Squeezes


Three squeezes.

I give her finger three squeezes, my tiny, hand not big enough to reach across her palm. It’s an unspoken caress in a household full of distance and cold words. Her digits are firm, strong, and confident, just what a shy, little girl needs.

Three squeezes.

I’m too old to hold her hand now, but old enough to take advantage. Just another dumb teenager trying to pretend I know my way around the world. She has my back, while I’m blinded by youth’s stupidity.

Three squeezes.

She’s there for me whenever I need her, unconditional love despite my imperfections and obvious downfalls. I’ve aged and see that I’ve neglected her love but don’t know how to redeem myself. Although we don’t say the words, we know the feelings run deep.

Three squeezes.

Her hand, frail and so thin I can see the blood pumping through her veins. Folds of loose skin have replaced the muscle and tendon that once wrapped around her bone. So weak, so lost in the disease. She looks at me with hollow eyes, vacant except for the pain. She gathers her strength for her final three words, words we never spoke, yet shouted to each other.

Three squeezes.

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