The Interview

Imagine for a moment that you are a businessperson conducting interviews of two candidates for an important position in your company.

The first candidate shows up for the interview on time. She is appropriately attired. She is clean and well-spoken. Her resume is well-organized and provides you with the information you want. She seems well-prepared and handles your questions with poise and professionalism. At the end of the interview, she thanks you for your time and leaves you with a very favorable overall impression.

The second candidate shows up late. He is dressed in a slovenly manner. He mumbles a lot. He brought a sort-of resume on some crumpled paper that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. He looks like he might have forgotten to shower this morning. He seems unprepared and disorganized. His answers are rambling and indirect. At the end of the interview, he leaves and you hear him say as he skulks away, “Man, this company sucks.”

Unless you’re looking for a way to sabotage your company, you’d hire the first candidate. Continue reading “The Interview”

Sneak Peek: Shade of Evil

Today we have a sneak peek from the future fiction novel by author Steve K. Smy: Shade of Evil.

Poor Harry Plummer. He had a hard childhood, and adulthood brought no improvement. Now, he was about to be subjected to something from within his own body. An evil that shouldn’t exist was about to consume him…an evil that decided it was time to break free, into the world, to feed its insatiable appetite. Harry was no hero. He’d always been a victim. There was no guarantee he would survive the emergence of this evil. Confronting it would be the task of a shadowy organisation known as the Guardians. Would they be able to save Harry?

Shade of Evil is available through Amazon.com, Smashwords, Amazon UK,
and other online booksellers.

Here is an excerpt from Shade of EvilContinue reading “Sneak Peek: Shade of Evil”

Choose a Champ: Flash Fiction Challenge Poll

The time has arrived once again for IU readers to choose their favorite entry from this week’s flash fiction challenge.

We had a number of great entries. Kudos to all the entrants. Now IU readers must decide: Who will be this week’s Flash Fiction Star?

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

 

Who is your choice in this week's flash fiction challenge?

  • Rich Meyer (64%, 9 Votes)
  • Michael Boggia (21%, 3 Votes)
  • Faye Hollidaye (14%, 2 Votes)
  • Brian Hobcraft (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Vanessa Hancock (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Anthems for Authors – Just Another Night

Ah, yes, Jude Cole: one of the most underrated and talented singer/songwriters in the music industry. His song Just Another Night is off the album entitled Start the Car. Not only does he kick lyrical ass, his harmonies and instrumentals are just amazing. And I’m not just saying this because somewhere I have a picture of us together.

Just Another Night has been one of my anthems since 1992. When I relocated to Maryland in 2001, I changed the lyrics to apply to moving to “the good old Eastern Shore.” And it’s certainly easy enough to substitute “standing in the lines to read the books I write.” I really recommend you get to know Jude Cole. Unfortunately, there is no video for this song. Just close your eyes, and imagine it’s you singing it. And now, Just Another Night by the amazing Jude Cole.

Just Another Night (Album Version)

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