SHORT STORIES AND OTHER WRITINGS
Maribeth is sharing four short stories along with an interview with Emily as she transitions from her life to the World-In-Between where souls go between death and rebirth. There are also three poems here as well.
"I wanted to share these four stories as well as, Gabriel Interviews Emily, and my three poems with you. I am hoping that you will read them and like my writing style. They will give you a flavor for how I think and write. I also hope they will inspire you to pick up my books, CRACK IN THE WORLD and A VIEW TO THE UNKNOWN."
To read the short stories, interview and poems, click on Short Stories tab above. A drop down box will pop up from which you can select what you wish to read.
Below are thumbnail photos depicting each story, interview or poem. I've also included a short description of how I came to write each piece. (If you don't see the description, hover over the bottom of each photo and it will appear.)
LOVE IS BLIND
I enjoy using either photo or word prompts to write stories. Recently I took the challenge to write a 300 or less short story using the sentence "They say love is blind," as the first sentence of the short story. I later embellished the story in order to enter it into a short-short story contest of 600 words or less. This is the result.
After writing the sequel to CRACK IN THE WORLD, which is titled, A VIEW TO THE UNKNOWN, I decided to write a short story. This is that short story.
IT WAS TIME TO GO
I ride my own Harley Davidson motorcycle. I find that my time riding allows me to think of new stories to tell. Recently as I rode my bike down a highway close to home, I thought of this story.
THE BUS RIDE
Sam was nine years old when her dad was transferred from Rhode Island to Florida. It was 1956. The south was still segregated. This was the south seen through her young eyes as she was rudely, crudely and cruelly introduced to racism.
GABRIEL INTERVIEWS EMILY
I loved writing CRACK IN THE WORLD and A VIEW TO THE UNKNOWN. I love the characters I developed. In A VIEW TO THE UNKNOWN, Emily dies. She transitions to the In-Between-World between death and rebirth. I thought it would be interesting to have the Chairman of the Board of the In-Between-World interview her.
In 2004 I launched a clothing line for women who rode motorcycles. The brand name was Iron Cowgirls. I also wrote a lifestyle poem for the brand. This is that poem.
LIL IRON COWGIRL
To compliment the Iron Cowgirls brand, in 2007 I launched a clothing line for little girls called 'LIL IRON COWGIRLS. As with Iron Cowgirls, I developed a lifestyle poem for the girl's brand. This is that poem.
In CRACK IN THE WORLD, as Emily is about to graduate from high school, she looks forward to her future. She pens a thoughtful poem called Progress.