Throw Me to the Wolves – or Not

inconceivableA few months ago, I was casting around my brain for a title for a music-related post on my blog, and came up with “Begging the Musical Question” – a play on the well-known phrase begging the question.

But something about the way I wanted to use the phrase nagged at me, so I looked up what it actually meant. I had thought the begging in begging the question meant something along the lines of “posing.” Boy, was I wrong. Begging the question – according to my copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable – is to “assume a proposition which, in reality, involves the conclusion” – in other words, to use circular logic. The entry in Brewer’s provides this example: if you say that parallel lines will never meet because they are parallel, you’ve begged the question. Continue reading

Thrifty Thursday: Great eBook Deals!

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Which Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Stamp of Approval?

VOTE!Oh my, trick or treat? Which  of these stories should win the honor of Flash Fiction Champion this week? It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Stamp of Approval This Week?

  • Joan Childs (34%, 12 Votes)
  • Leland Dirks (23%, 8 Votes)
  • Laurie Boris (14%, 5 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Michael Seese (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Randy L. Austin (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Nancy DeCilio Gauthier (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Asena Saribiga (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael T Heath (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Timothy Wan (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Book Brief: The Transition of Johnny Swift

The Transition of Johnny Swift - Cover - CompressedThe Transition of Johnny Swift
by Kerry J Donovan
Genre: Paranormal/Psychological Thriller
95,000 words

Before the accident …

Frank Brazier has the perfect life. A contract to drive for a Formula 1 team. A supportive family. A stunning girlfriend. On the surface, everything is great, but Frank keeps a secret. On race days, Shadow-man visits. He sits on the nose cone of Frank’s racing car, or floats above the grandstand, waving taunting, distracting, eating away at his concentration. An accident in the making.

After the accident …

Frank starts hearing voices. Strange voices. Impossible voices. He’s losing his grip on reality and Paula, his sister, is dying. Doctors say she is brain dead. They want to pull the plug, but Frank knows she’s still in there, fighting. He can hear her calls. Shadow-man finally speaks. He says Frank can save Paula, but can Frank pay the price?

The Transition of Johnny Swift is available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK. Continue reading