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What’s Next? Publishing Again!

So, my #ShortStoryAugust challenge came to a bit of an abrupt end a few days ago, but I wasn’t certain if I was completely done. No, I’m not going to try and make up and post for the missing days or try to finish out the month. With work and other things occurring, I simply… Read More

#ShortStoryAugust 2019 Is Here!

Today is officially August first, and a challenge I presented at the beginning of July has now begun! For anyone interested in participating with me, please check out the original #SSA post, and find out how to make sure your wonderful works are seen and how they can be shared by me. My audience isn’t… Read More

Short Story August? Anyone Interested?

Hi!   So, to get back into the habit of writing, and writing OFTEN, I was considering taking the time this summer to write and post a NEW short story every day for the month of August. Yep, that’s 31 short stories in a single month! I personally consider this to be a challenge because… Read More

Fly Girl by Cortney Joseph [Novel Snippet]

The following is a snippet/intro for my upcoming novel, Fly Girl. Please feel free to share your thoughts/opinions, as I am in the editing stages and looking for any and all feedback as I work to piece together the final version.   _______________   Prelude: Interview With Broken Idols   2010:   “Major success. At… Read More

#ShortStoryAugust Master Post

Here you will find the links to all shorts shared on MyPenWritesNice.com during #ShortStoryAugust. If you’ve read them all, thank you! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Please be sure to leave comments (on the shorts) and let me know here which you enjoye the most. Thank you to whomever took this stressful… Read More

That Kind Of ‘Friend’ by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

If someone had asked me what the final straw was; I’m not certain that I’d be able to pinpoint it. Four years worth of a friendship, more than half of that time spent with frustration building over instances and occurrences that seemed insignificant to others. Or, maybe I’d finally reached that age where there wasn’t… Read More

New On Campus (II) by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

Connecting with his only friend, Thomas Marlowe felt a sense of relief that he wasn’t the only Valor College student to make the ‘experimental’ switch to Glendale. While he was more than eager to join a college full of beautiful women, he wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of navigating new surroundings without at least… Read More

As If We Never Met by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

The world beneath my window was a motion filled blur, my emotions ran high and my sense had long been absent before I even got to this moment. My tears, fresh and warm, fell in heavy streams, hitting the floor just in front of my bare feet. Only the wall behind me was offering the… Read More

Family Reunion by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

Cynthia’s patience grew thin as time ticked away. Checking her watch, she exhaled sharply before looking around the busy platform of the bus station where she waited. She’d taken off work early, a cut in her hours that she couldn’t afford, and ask she expected the majority of her time was being wasted. “Why did… Read More

On The Hustle by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

Sitting at the back of an ice cream shop, Jonathan carefully looked over every inch of the want ads he’d pulled from three separate newspapers. Once again he’d found himself out of a job due to change in management and lack of skills they deemed acceptable for positions he’d held and handled greatly, and he… Read More

Maybe I Deserve by Cortney Joseph #ShortStoryAugust

Jalen sat up straight away, his chest heaving up and down as he listened for footsteps. Thin heels clicked on the tile floors that led down the long corridor from the front door to their bedroom. She didn’t even attempt to creep; barged in with a smile on her face, a song at the tip… Read More