Oscar

Oscar
by Adam Messer
© 2020

Oscar Roberts had a funny peculiarity about the way he arranged his things. Nothing out of order, or at least the order to which he arranged them. He inspected his things and had to have a perfect version of the thing, lest he disregard it for the trash. For example, he loved his books more than he loved reading them. He collected volume upon volume of his favorite titles, often more than one copy of a particular printing.

He also collected toys. Not just any toys, but antique wind-up tin tinker toys which made all sorts of bells and whistles brim from the stroke of a key. Oscar delighted winding the mechanism and watching the little automatons run about aimlessly. Aimlessly to the average onlooker, but not to Oscar. He knew each toy had a life of its own, and a story to share.

Who was the little child who gasped for joy when they opened the ornately wrapped present on Christmas morning? Oscar especially loved the tinker toys that were well worn, but worked. Those were the ones had once brought a smile to the child’s face, much like his own.

Now with little time to spare, Oscar spent more time tracking down his tinker toys, often traveling great distances to meet the owner. He took the train, since he did not drive, and often he sat alone on the long rides. He didn’t mind though, as he would imagine the story behind the toy and the child who owned it he was going to collect.

But alas, it was rare for Oscar to meet the owner of many of the tinker toys. Their time had come and gone. Family members with greed in their eyes and hunger on their lips only wanted a quick transaction. Most cared more about selling the tinker toy than they did about the loved one who had owned it.

Oscar would ask who owned the toy originally. When he could find out the name, he named the tinker toy after them. Margery, Bill, Roy, or Cathy. Oscar delighted in collecting their names as much as he did collecting their once prized possession.

“How quickly do you think we can process this estate sale?”

“I feel we can find a buyer within a couple of weeks based on the rare and extensive pieces in this collection, Mr. Roberts.”

“Oh really? That sounds good. And you can handle the processing of the estate sale paperwork? How long will it take to process?”

“We handle the process from start to finish. It may take a few weeks. Once you authorize the sale, the payment will process, and the transaction will be completed, Mr. Roberts.”

“Thank you! Otherwise I would have no clue how to get rid of Uncle Oscar’s stuff.”

Michele Tracy Berger interview on The Adam Messer Show

Join us live Sunday July 19, 2020 with guest Michele Tracy Berger on The Adam Messer Show from 3p – 5p EST on 107.5 FM Savannah ( wruu.org ) Can’t listen live? Catch the podcast later on savannahmuses.com

Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a creative writer, and a pug-lover.

Her short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction has appeared, or is forthcoming in 100word story, Glint, FIYAH: Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Flying South, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Carolina Woman, Ms., The Feminist Wire, Blood and Bourbon, and various anthologies.

Her science fiction novella, “Reenu-You” was recently published by Falstaff Books. Much of her work explores psychological horror, especially through issues of race and gender.
Come visit her at her blog ‘The Practice of Creativity’https://micheleberger.wordpress.com/

Author Mark Allan Gunnells joins The Adam Messer Show on April 12, 2020

Author Mark Allan Gunnells joins The Adam Messer Show live on 107.5 FM WRUU Savannah (www.wruu.org) on Sunday April 12, 2020 from 3 pm – 5 pm EST. Can’t listen live? Don’t worry, you can listen to the podcast after the show on http://www.savannahmuses.com

About the author

Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his husband Craig A. Metcalf.

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Allan-Gunnells/e/B005C18L7Q/

Great things are coming!

I really appreciate all of the love and support you all have shown me with my writing and my events! Thank you!

I am an HWA author. Great organization.

You can read my books on Kindle Unlimited with your subscription.

I’m working on a new horror story for Crone Girls Press with Rachel Brune, right now.

The Adventures of Tex Riddle: Space Libririan (sci-fi humor) (blog.texriddle.com ) comes out later this year.

I am publishing a new horror anthology series with a great group of authors.

You can also expect the new Savannah Vampire Novel series Blood Thrasher Queen of New Orleans 🧛🏻‍♀️ later this year.

Last but not least, I am working on two more poetry chap books as well. They will come out this year.

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Interview with Rachel Brune

Please tune in today for the interview with Crone Girls Press publisher Rachel Brune.

Rachel Brune

Crone Girls Press #publisher @rachelabrune joins me today at 3pm EST on @wruu_107.5_savannah to talk about their premier #horror #anthology Stories We Tell After Midnight. You don’t want to miss this terrifying show today!

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Growing up, Rachel A. Brune drove her mother nuts by trying out a new hobby every week, from weaving to street hockey to piano to karate. Told to pick one thing and stick with it, she decided to become a writer … and keep trying out new hobbies from fiber spinning to muay thai to medieval recreation and even fencing. Hey, it all counts as research, right?

Her first paying gig as a writer came when Rachel enlisted in the Army Reserve as a military journalist. Armed with pen, paper, camera, and weapon, she spent five years—including two tours in Iraq—writing and publishing stories about the men and women serving in the Army. After five years, and a few more hobbies here and there, Rachel left the field of military journalism and commissioned as an active duty military police officer. She now writes long and short fiction, is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and is training for her first International-distance triathlon.

Rachel’s goal is to write engaging, entertaining fantasy set in contemporary times, peopled with characters who are flawed but unforgettable. Although she no longer writes Army news stories, she still aims to bring the military she has lived and experienced to life for reader, to do her small part to bridge the military-civilian divide.

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Michael Sorensen joins me today

Michael Sorensen is the best selling author of I Hear You : The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships joins host Adam Messer today at 3 pm EST on WRUU 107.5 FM.

Livestream on http://www.wruu.org and catch the podcast later on http://adammesser.libsyn.com or The Adam Messer Show on Apple Podcasts.

@wruu_1075 @adammesser @admesser@MichaelSorensn #wruu1075 #adammesser https://www.facebook.com/hellomichaelsorensen/ #radio #savannahgeorgia #leadership #listening #communication #skills

What’s News with Adam Messer

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I want to help other people with my writing and I am putting more stuff on my website adammesser.net
 
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Email is a better way to communicate with people. Social media is great, but email will give me a chance to communicate with people one on one directly. I will still be using social media, just focusing on my author stuff on my website.
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Stephen King’s On Writing audiobook takeaways

I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.

My takeaways:

  • Write daily.
  • Let my story development flow as I write.
  • Start with a what if situation and move to a story about the people.
  • Write what is true and believable.
  • Use the first word that comes to mind.
  • “He said or she said” is divine.
  • Write to your ideal reader.
  • Write with the door closed, edit with the door open.
  • Writing is not life, life’s interruptions are more important.
  • Be professional and study your craft.
  • Kill your darlings.