Wordy Wednesday group photo

Closing Thoughts on Wordy Wednesday

Wordy Wednesday — an open mic event celebrating creative writing — was a truly a delightful experience. Retirement Suites By The Lake was kind enough to host us for the six months that the event ran. In fact, the entire event was only created because Diane approached me asking what sort of...

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He Felt it Break

To make up for the fact that I haven’t posted anything in a long time, I am sharing this delightful story from writer’s group. It’s a Buffy/Writer’s Group mash up, and it is fabulous! By Cindy Elkerton There they were again, like clock work.  Every Thursday evening you could count on...

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Book Crafts

Every once in a while I get a crafting bug. Unlike other bugs, staying in bed and drinking lots of fluids is not an appropriate way to get rid of it. The only way to get rid of a crafting bug is to craft. This time around my sights...

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A poetry, prose, and spoken word open mic night

Wordy Wednesday!

Join us February 7th from 7 – 9 pm for our first ever open mic night! Cliffside Village Books and Retirement Suites By The Lake are thrilled to present Wordy Wednesday! An open mic night for poetry, prose, and the spoken word. This is a great opportunity for the Bluffs...

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It’s That Time of Year Again

It’s the Christmas season and we have lots of wonderful goodies in the store that are worth checking out. This year, to mix things up a little, we’ve got gift bags perfect for the avid reader or writer in your life! We’ve got lots of treats that would make great stocking...

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Decorations of Christmases Past and Present

Every year I try to decorate with only what’s on hand. Usually that means books, but luckily books make for very versatile decorations. Christmas 2013: …I guess I was a grinch in 2013. Although, I distinctly remember having a Christmas open house at the shop so I must have...

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We Sat Next to Each Other on the Train

Posting other people’s stories makes me very happy. By Joanne Taylor “And how exactly did you meet your ex-wife?” It was a question to which the new wife cringed. The man’s voice until then had been clipped. Curt. It warmed up the more he spoke until it was like...

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Humanity 101

A beautiful piece written a few weeks back. By Diane Elizabeth Hill Just leave them be— all those leaves on the ground, the lizards the clouds and the elephants, the beetles and the water, the earth and the gnats. They all know exactly what they’re doing, hard as it...

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Side Gigs and Second Loves

I love books so much that I want to be part of every aspect of the process. I read them, I write them, and now I edit them too! This may come as a big surprise but running a second hand bookstore is not the most lucrative way to...

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I Woke up to the Sound of Rain

It seemed like everyone had a bit of trouble getting into first person perspective with this prompt. Here’s what I came up with By Genevieve Clovis I woke up to the sound of rain and the echo of voices moving down the hallway. I groaned half-heartedly and prayed I’d...

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