This short story has been previously published in The Standard, Elliot Lake's local newspaper. It is also found as one of the short stories in Book One of my trio of anthologies titled Social Studies. Book One is sub-titled "Dying To Be Popular".
I miss working with Mags and Wynterblue Publishing Canada. But when I found myself without this wonderful support I didn't make any attempt to find another publisher. This decision was made primarily because I am in my senior years and I want to make the most of the time God is granting me. And so I became an "Indie Author" and I am glad that I did.
Eight years ago I retired from what we call the working world. And then eight years ago I went to work.
To date I have created for your reading pleasure, six novels; three novellas; four short story anthologies; one book of self-discovery; one poetry anthology and many short stories including "A Stranger In a Strange Land." Most of my creative writing focuses on current social issues. I have also written two plays that I am thinking I may one day publish. One of my plays was performed a few years ago by the Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Group. The other play was short listed in a Wynterblue Writing Competition.
My current works in progress are (a) a romantic novel titled "Dinner At Seven" and (b) "All Them Houses" - my memoir. Whether I will publish "All Them Houses" is debatable, however, I hope to have "Dinner At Seven" published and available for your reading pleasure sometime before 2015 comes to a close.
"I was a stranger and you took me in." This is the basic theme of "A Stranger In A Strange Land." However I apply this description to myself as well.
In the creative writing world I am a stranger. Many of you have already let me in and this makes me very happy But I remain a stranger in this vast, strange, publishing world, and the truth is I will do so until you pick up one of my books and let me in.
This is a brand new year. It blows my mind to even realize that it is now 2015. I wonder where all the years have gone sometime and it is for this reason that I feel it is important to write my memoir. I want to get it down before I forget it all. :-) My memoir may be a little scattered, somewhat like the fictional memoir of the beautiful Ellen but it will come from the heart.
To those of you who have let me and my stories into your life I just want to say thank you. And I wish you every happiness and success in 2015.
Happy New Year to everyone!