Friday Review: The Paladins of Shannara (Three Short Stories) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsThese short pieces were written as add-on stories in the larger Shannara world. As such, none really add a whole lot to the bigger picture, but do give us a bit of a spotlight on events not essential to the novels. They are:Allanon's Quest:This one is set before the events … Continue reading Friday Review: The Paladins of Shannara (Three Short Stories) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a very short story- only about 4 pages- by the well-known and well-loved author of The Earthsea Trilogy and  The Left Hand of Darkness. It is intriguing and disturbing, and raises questions that maybe we … Continue reading Friday Review: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin

Halloween 2018 Short Story: Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star by M.A. Kropp The old man stood up, stretching the muscles in his lower back. He winced as the tightness worked its way out. Picking up the carved pumpkin sitting on his worktable, he turned and surveyed the rest of the small workshop. All around him, on shelves and in boxes, … Continue reading Halloween 2018 Short Story: Catch a Falling Star

Monday Musings: Life, the Universe, and Everything

42. That's it. That's all I have to say this week. Because, really, what else is there besides the answer to it all, right? * * * * * * * * Oh, okay. I'll add more. Last weekend was another grandchild's birthday party. This time, our Miss B turned three. She seemed happy with … Continue reading Monday Musings: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Monday Musings: Nice Weather, Holiday Weekend, Fantasy Football, and Writing Updates

First, I would like to tell you that it is a perfectly lovely day here today! The sky is blue, it is not 90 bajillion degrees with a million percent humidity, and I have windows open all over again. Aahh! Last Monday was Labor Day. It was quiet here. Actually, we had a nice, quiet … Continue reading Monday Musings: Nice Weather, Holiday Weekend, Fantasy Football, and Writing Updates

Monday Musings:My Books Are on Sale Until the End of the Month

Happy Fourth of July to all in the USA. I hope your holiday weekend has been full of fun. Mine was great. We had company on Saturday and Sunday, and are now just relaxing and enjoying the last day of the long weekend. Smashwords is doing its annual summer sale, and I have enrolled my … Continue reading Monday Musings:My Books Are on Sale Until the End of the Month

Feed My People: It’s Live! And It’s Free!

My short story, "Feed My People", is available now on Smashwords. It should be available on most other e-book sites (Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc.) within the next few days. It is not available on Amazon. You can download it on Smashwords in Kindle format. Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE? … Continue reading Feed My People: It’s Live! And It’s Free!

Halloween Storytime: Academy in the Night

For the past several years, I have been posting a Halloween story for the end of October. Here is this year's offering, instead of a review this week.  Feel free to be the reviewer and tell me what you think. Academy in the Night by M.A. Kropp “Jennifer, the class bell rang a minute ago.” … Continue reading Halloween Storytime: Academy in the Night