New Short Essay on Short Story Anthology Site

Last Update: February 09, 2014

Hey folks - It took some time for this one but I just posted a short essay on my Anthology site. It is about the task of shoveling my 300' driveway by hand and life lessons realized in the performance of the task.

There is an accompanying video [it was still cold out...-15 air temp with 30 mph wind so please forgive the bit of mumbling and teeth chatter] that I would like you to watch first. It's on the site.

Here's the link to the 'Driveway Lesson' post on Short Story Anthology.

Sorry to send you off site. I didn't see anyway to post the video here on my blog.

DRIVEWAY LESSON

An Inspirational Short Essay
by George Ward

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nomda ploom Premium
a little outside my direct experience, as far as the segment/niche is concerned, and great to see the endless possibilities for niches- as well as to read a well constructed and enjoyable piece...Andy
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SpecsShorts Premium
Thanks, Andy, for the compliment!! Much appreciated. I didn't make the site for any other purpose really than just for the fun of it. I want it to rank well but it hasn't been a real priority for this site. It's intent is for myself and others to have somewhere to put their writings up on the site and out to the ether. Anyone who wants to post, I ask you send me your writing(s) [any form of writing and/or an audio read [like as an audio book]], please send it to me as an attachment to
specs.shorts@gmail.com
I'll check it out and post it.
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OldCodger Premium
G'day, Lord George! You may not want a reindeer and sleigh - but it sure looks like you need one! Their carburetors don't freeze up and the deer gets great mileage on a bale of hay. In the warmer months, your lawn would be trimmed and fertilized as a bonus.
If Needs equal reality, then Wants must equal dreams. We drift daily between one and the other, depending on our state of awareness...

By the way, I love your Richard Harris (in Camelot) impressions!

:) george
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SpecsShorts Premium
Hey Sir George!! You are right about the reindeer as I could use them throughout the year. I haven't been mowing much lately!! Thanks also for your compliment [Richard Harris] though I wasn't trying. Great actor!! Am now working on your 'Listen to the Birds' story. Shouldn't be a problem. How's the second book coming? Has your heat settled down some? We're expecting 30's plus last half of next week! WooHoo!
Time for work and a trudge down the driveway.
Good to hear from you again, my friend. I sent you a message some time ago about one of your stories. Don't remember what it was asking as it has been a while...mostly just remember that I sent the message. Ha.
Have a great day, Sir George. Very nice to hear from you again.
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OldCodger Premium
We have 30s all the time, here - but Centigrade, not Fahrenheit! Sorry - I must have missed your message. I have a microphone for the PC & wonder if I could do a recording in a genuine Ozzy accent for the birdy poemy thingy? I have no idea how to do it - must read the instructions!
I'm watching the heats of the Sochi ice skating - what about a flame thrower to clear your driveway?
:) george
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SpecsShorts Premium
An audio with your Birds would be Fantastic, Sir George!! Really Great idea! Also, you just reminded me of a site that lets you add background sounds to your story. Like in Nate The Gnat, I added the sound of gurgling like someone going under. It wasn't hard but it took a bit of time to figure out just what I wanted and then finding the right sound. It was quit fun. I'll get the link for the story and forward it to you. The site is http://booktrack.com
It was free.
To make your audio for your Birds story, you should be able to do it via your music player. I've used my webcam and just covered up the camera to do the same thing. Hopefully, you may have gotten good instructions and/or software for it. Search around...I'm sure there has to be something out there. Really looking/listening forward to that!!
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Animate Premium
Hi George, you probably experienced a 'meditation in motion' as you were rhythmically shovelling snow. You had some interesting insights there. Your NEED must have been great to undertake that job. I know I'd WANT to move house before the next winter struck.
I'm just very grateful that shovelling snow is not a NEED we have in Australia, for I would certainly not WANT to do it.
Just make sure that you don't get lost in action between your car and your front door as the drifts pile up again!
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SpecsShorts Premium
Hi Animate! Thanks for commenting on my story. I've heard from my friend, OldCodger, that you have been having to deal with much heat this season. Not sure which I would rather have to deal with. Well, actually, I think I do...neither one!
Clever post too, in your response. My driveway look just as it did before I first shovelled other than a well trodden path to the end of the driveway. However, even it keep filling back up. We're about at the end of the season [famous last words] and expecting 30's, 40's and maybe even into the 50's next week!! A virtual heat wave.
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Animate Premium
Ah yes, we're forever grateful to whoever invented air conditioning! Mind you, it can get pretty cold here too - 0 degrees C is pretty nippy!
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Tanti1969 Premium
Ups! Google Chrome couldn't find it ...
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SpecsShorts Premium
Just posted it last night. Just go to http://shortstoryanthology.com and you'll find the story and video there under 'Driveway Lesson'.
Watch the video first.
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KD6PAO Premium
Good one...
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