2012 Christmas

09 Daryl’s Dear Dog

December 8, 2012

The spiraling lights were clinging to the tree branches, flashing along to a silent rhythm. Daryl, celebrating his sixth Christmas, was crouched on the floor, chomping away on every piece of candy pulled from his stocking. “Did you get everything you wanted?” his mom asked as she tossed crumpled wrapping paperinto stray garbage bags. “No,” […]

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08 Missing Santa

December 7, 2012

Irene W. Smoot was the oldest member of the Spring Valley Ward. That was a fact. Everyone knew it. She lived in the same window-filled house on Spring Valley hill that her husband, Earnest Smoot, God rest his weary soul, had built with his own hands fifty years before. She always arrived at church exactly […]

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07 Snow Angels

December 7, 2012

Lezlie Anderson’s short story, Snow Angels, is being published by Cedar Fort in October 2014. In accordance with their request, I have removed it from this site. Congratulations Lezlie!

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06 Christmas Valentine

December 6, 2012

There was nothing extraordinary about Christmas Valentine—except for the fact that she was about as white as you could get without being diagnosed as an albino. Her skin was so pale you could almost see all the way through it. Christmas always showed a blush of baby-petal pink in her cheeks, and the skin beneath […]

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05 The Candy Cane Carnation

December 6, 2012

In Memory Of My Father, Ernest J. Orgar Sr. The little boy heard the door slam and his father’s heavy footsteps thud through the living room into the kitchen. “What you mean my supper ain’t ready?  Fool!  You know I like a hot dinner when I get home!”  The boy shuddered up in his bedroom […]

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04 Black Socks

December 5, 2012

Jarvis trudged through the snow with a scowl, thinking about how much he hated Chrismas. As he neared the shopping center, he tried to remember what was on his blasted Chrismas list . . .  Ah yes, some black socks. Well, now was a good time for new socks, that much at least was true. […]

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03 We Need A Little Christmas

December 5, 2012

“I wish ya didn’t have to get a job, is all.” “It’s all right, Dad, I don’t mind. I wanna help. Besides, we gotta think a Mikey.” Ellen Johnson looked at her over-sized brother, sitting on the living room floor. Humming tunelessly and rocking a bit, he was assembling their vacuum cleaner, again. He was […]

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02 The Prodigal Soldier

December 4, 2012

It was mid-afternoon, and the sunlight shone through the small window of my hospital room in the burn unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. I don’t know how long I had been there, but I guess it had been three or four days since the accident. My left hand was intact, or somewhat intact, with […]

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01 Homeless Holiday

December 4, 2012

I looked out of the bookstore window and couldn’t see across the street anymore. Snow was coming down harder now, the white flakes thicker than they were just fifteen minutes ago. I shivered and trudged back behind the counter. Checking the time on my cell phone, I sighed when I realized I still had another […]

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2012 Christmas Story Posts Start Today

December 4, 2012
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We had a total of 26 shorts stories submitted to the Christmas Story Contest this year. Six were disqualified. One was over the word count limit; one was sent in outside the submission dates; one was posted as a comment; and three were inappropriate for this contest. Of the remaining 20 stories, 12 were submitted […]

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Contest Submissions Closed

December 1, 2012

The 2012 LDS Publisher Story Contest is now closed. Stories for this year’s contest will start posting on Tuesday, December 4th. Voting will begin December 17th.   Want to start on your story for next year’s contest?? Here are the guidelines.

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How Do You Know If I Got Your Story?

November 30, 2012

Someone sent a story for the contest last week and I didn’t get it. They resent. Wise. I got it the second time. Here’s how you know if I got your story: I reply back with “Got it. Thanks!” If you sent a story and didn’t get a reply, first check your spam/junk folder. If […]

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Only Hours Left!

November 30, 2012

That’s right. See this countdown? It stops at midnight, mountain time. What? You’re going to give up because you haven’t even started yet? Some of my best work is done at the last minute because it forces me to turn off that internal editor. Give it a try! You can do it! Details here.

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It’s Almost Time…

November 29, 2012
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Yes! There’s only one more full day plus a few more hours to get your story in. See that countdown in the sidebar? That’s exactly the amount of time you have left. Come on! I know you can do it!! Details here.

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