Writing Lessons Learned from the Work of Dr. King | Story Empire

Today in America is a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day.  Sadly, I remember the day this civil rights leader was gunned down by an assassin in April, 1968. I was too young at the time to know about the importance of his work, but when I heard the news flash on TV, I knew … Continue reading Writing Lessons Learned from the Work of Dr. King | Story Empire

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had … Continue reading Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday


Today in the United States, we celebrate Memorial Day. It's sort of the unofficial start of summer. Kids get out of school, families begin taking vacations, and many people will flock to the lakes for boating, skiing, and cookouts. But this is not a holiday to be taken lightly. It began as Decoration Day back … Continue reading Remembering

Christmas, Cowboys, and John Denver

I’ve been a music lover for as long as I can remember. While I like complete silence during the writing process, music often motivates me to write. One singer who has inspired several of my stories is the late John Denver. In 1975, John did a Christmas special called A Rocky Mountain Christmas. He sang … Continue reading Christmas, Cowboys, and John Denver

November ~A Time of Thanksgiving

In most parts of the United States, trees have already lost their leaves. However, where I live we often see the peak of fall colors in November. Daylight Saving Time ends and nights come early. But what else can we learn about our eleventh month? November, the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar, gets … Continue reading November ~A Time of Thanksgiving

July ~ The Heat is On

In the northern hemisphere, July is one of the hottest months of the year. Summer activities are in full swing, the days are long, the nights are short, and many seek refuge from the heat. Let's learn a bit more about this seventh month of the year. The Roman Senate named the month of July … Continue reading July ~ The Heat is On

Independence Day

This Saturday, America will celebrate Independence Day. It's a time for trips to the lake, backyard cookouts, and fireworks. Sadly, many participate in these activities without stopping to consider the reason for celebration. On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in what is now known as Independence Hall. On that day, Richard … Continue reading Independence Day

May~Flowers and More

The month of May has arrived and with it comes a flurry of activities, events, and celebrations. Across the country many students will graduate from both high school and college and begin a new season of their lives. Let's learn a bit more about this fifth month of the year. "The world's favorite season is … Continue reading May~Flowers and More

A Good Friday

Welcome to First Friday Fiction. This story had its beginnings from a first person writing assignment I had years ago. Some of the sights and sounds Emily sees and hears are things I would experience walking along the country road where I live. The rest of the story is fiction. Emily Sanders paused for a … Continue reading A Good Friday