Getting it Right: Military Small Arms

SoldierIn the last post we covered military service uniforms. Now it’s on to the shoot ’em up bang side of warfare: small arms. Man has been waging war for thousands of years. In the beginning it was with rocks and sticks. Over time it has become a race between countries and cultures to perfect instruments of death.

Why is it important to know something about firearms? Well, if you’re writing a period piece, oh let’s say about the American Civil War, you don’t want your Johnny Rebs engaging the Union troops with M4 carbines. That might work if you were doing a time-shifting/time travel story. A platoon of Confederate soldiers armed with modern rifles would lay waste to an entire company of Union soldiers. You could, in effect, change the course of history with that scenario. Continue reading “Getting it Right: Military Small Arms”

Whose Flash Fiction Entry Is Your Favorite?

Pish ClockThe time is at hand. Which story was your fave in this week’s flash fiction challenge?

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Whose flash fiction story was your fave this week?

  • Christian A. Brown (53%, 66 Votes)
  • Dick C Waters (17%, 21 Votes)
  • Sara Stark (10%, 13 Votes)
  • David Dubrow (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (5%, 6 Votes)
  • MathoSkaCikala (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Mary Ellen Courtney (2%, 2 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Ros Nazilli (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 124

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Hot July Releases

Need some beach reads? Here are some cool new books to take with you.

Mazie Baby 120x177Mazie Baby by Julie Frayn

Sick and tired of her husband’s beatings, Mazie Reynolds plans her escape. When his attentions shift to their 12 year-old daughter, escaping may not be enough.

Mazie Baby is available from and Amazon UK.

ILLUMINOSITY 120x177Illuminosity by Vicky Savage

It’s do or die time for inter-universal voyager, Jaden Beckett. Her pursuers don’t know it yet, but she never makes the same mistake twice.

Illuminosity is available on and Amazon UK.

Left Hand Kelly 120x177Left-Hand Kelly by Elisabeth Grace Foley

Lew Kelly’s emulation of his ex-gunfighter father brought trouble once—now, will old wrongs be righted, or will disaster strike again?

Left-Hand Kelly is available from and Amazon UK.

Born To Be Liked 120x177Born to be Liked – Living on Facebook by Alex Oriani

Born to be Liked is the first book that, with a blend of humour and science, uncovers what we (really) do on Facebook and why we do it.

Born to be Liked – Living on Facebook is available at and Amazon UK.

Scorched Earth 120x177Scorched Earth by Lynne Cantwell

Sue has three weeks to raise millions for research into a supergrain that could end world hunger – if it didn’t have dangerous drawbacks.

Scorched Earth is available through, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

Pinterest Party Fest!

pinterest partyIt’s July and that means it’s summer vacation time if you’re north of the equator. Everything’s bright and sunny and people are taking pictures and pinning them…you guessed it…on Pinterest. Get your Pinterest boards some love – post your link in today’s Pinterest fest!

This is how it works: you don’t have to be an author, publisher, publicist, literary agent, book reviewer, librarian, (or especially a book-lover) – you just have to want to meet other Pinners. In the comments below, paste in the link for your Pinterest Page. Make sure you show some love to the links in the comments above yours, and check back throughout the day to catch up.

If you’re not sure what link to post, just find your profile or bulletin board, then copy and paste the URL. It should look something like this: 

This should be fun and should generate a lot of exposure for everyone who plays. Don’t forget to follow ours. Let’s get things moving!

PLEASE be sure to reciprocate by liking those who like you. This is give and take. If everyone plays by the golden rule, we all benefit.