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Rowena’s Page by S. D. Youngren

Mostly-funny short stories about a young woman's life.

Rowena has a mother:     “This is my life, Mom. Not a Jane Austen novel. Not—”     “Listen to me, Miss Independence. He’s a nice young man, but men expect things. Even nice ones, sometimes. He’s going to think that you’re inviting him to do . . . married people things.” Rowena tried to interrupt, but when she opened her mouth nothing came . . .

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Horsey Ashes by Saltyhalibut

A horrible story for horrible people

A narcissistic idiot breaks out of his family home in search of fame and followers. Follow him and his hateable gang on the long road to Calgary as they battle slavery, marital problems, drug addiction, and horrible animal abuse. Somewhere along the line, he also develops superpowers and the ability to talk to ghosts. Based on a true story. My . . .

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Loan Some by Megan McLachlan

It’s been a bad week for Vera. She lost the job she loved as a librarian and ended a comfortable and seemingly reliable relationship. So when her eye catches a job ad for a company that boasts “a library of characters for every occasion,” impulse (and the word “library”) compels her to respond. Shortly thereafter, Vera has accepted her first . . .

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The Smell Collector by David Hill Burns

The story of a man whose only meaningful contact with the world is through smells, who is slowly working his way out of his mother’s basement out into the wide world of people and relationships. The Smell Collector tells the story of Jim Bronson and Marie Bellman. Jim has a hobby. He collects smells. Marie happens to have the . . .

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Cul de Sac Blues by Guy Wonders

Cul de Sac Blues is a continuing series about life in a suburban cul-de-sac. Follow the ups and downs of day-to-day life and meet the various characters who inhabit this peculiar piece of the suburban landscape. . . .

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THE SMELL COLLECTOR

Ha ha – Something Special

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 18, 2014: Jim has a hobby, and he’s very good at it. But sometimes it leads to problems.

"I have been banned from the shoe and boot repair shop. The owner, a Mr. Young-soo Kim, objected to my close range sniff of his person (ginger, garlic, and leather). His words were “You no sniff around here no more. I break your nose!” It’s difficult for me to understand humor, but I think that perhaps he was being jovial with me. I’ll come back [more . . .]

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ROWENA'S PAGE

Pages and Pages

By G.S. Williams, author of No Man An Island

Sep 15, 2011: "Rowena’s Page" has short stories in the life of the titular character, going back as far as 2000. So there is quite a lot to read through.

From the chapters I’ve seen, it’s worth reading if you like a slice of life kind of story. Rowena comes across as a very personable real-life sort of character—she has annoying parents, a New Age-believing sister, and an inane job. The chapters are whimsical and fun, without being too heavy. Each one has its [more . . .]

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