It was a literal jail stay, a moment of research that was both captivating and heart wrenching. The pieces of the stories I took away changed my ideas of justice and authority and lives of inmates forever. It is so simple to see how tiny little faceless people can screw up another human’s entire world.
There are seven pieces of this exploratory, expositional work in progress. You may read this first essay online here.
And because all fiction is fact based, articles abut reform and re-entry are forthcoming her and other places on the web. Thanks to the universe for this suggestion, and character idea. She is going to be a whamma- jamma.
***To donate books to prisons, please check out these programs.
It is something we take for granted- easy access to books, but for these folks, it is their only escape.
Yep. I’m cheap. It’s true.
I don’t have a hair stylist, or manicurist, or trainer or advisor. I hate fancy stores – and paying retail.
I don’t even like to dine out very often. ( Have you seen Kitchen Nightmares?)
So, in honor of my frugal nature, you can buy a piece of me for 99 cents.
Check it Out.
Award Winning Short Stories by Linda Sands
Driving Toward a Broken Heart
One out of 17 Calls Might be Wrong
The Sack They Left Behind
What They Want, Part 1
ALSO the novel, Simple Intent
Short stories …. the way YOU want to read them. Wherever you can.
Try this one on for size. The Sack they Left Behind
Similar to techniques used in popular literary novels, in this short by Linda Sands, the banal verbiage from a California State Fish and Game brochure serves as the backdrop for an emotionally untraditional love story.
Like sports? Try this one.
Like people and secrets? Read this one.
More flash pieces from the longer work: WHAT THEY WANT
Thanks, Barry and DOGZPLOT.
Published online in The Smoking Poet December 17, 2009
I’ve been posting former Christmas Letters.
The old FAMILY ANNUAL REPORT poking fun at all those holiday letters you can’t wait to mock then toss in the fire.
Check it out over here: