Rick Killian

Lessons from a ghost . . .
The Christmas Trap (Part Two)

The Christmas Trap (Part Two)

[Part two of a four-part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] The next day was Saturday, and before anyone else in the house was up, Jeremy took the card table out of the garage and set it up in the middle of his bedroom. He scootered his...

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The Christmas Trap (Part One)

The Christmas Trap (Part One)

[For the month of December, just for fun, I wanted to share a story I've had lying around for a few years now. It seemed to fit the season. This is part one of four.] Jeremy Tanner Bachman was never really sure what had started his father's feud with Santa Claus....

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I am always chilled and astonished
by the would-be writers who ask
me for advice and admit,
quite blithely, that they “don’t have
time to read.” This is like a guy
starting up Mount Everest saying
that he didn’t have time to buy
any rope or pitons.

―Stephen King

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Yeah, I know you’re not supposed to do that, but far too many authors underestimate the power of the physical design of a book. Today more than ever, the look and feel may not tell you much about the quality of writing or depth of thought put into a book, but they do...

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It’s easier to persist
with commas if you know
you’re engaged in some
fundamentally important
human activity that has
very great consequences
for your full development
as a human being.

—Charles Cooper

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Don’t say the
old lady screamed.
Bring her in and
let her scream.

—Mark Twain

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