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BarbaraHelene Smith

BarbaraHelene Smith discovered story telling after enrolling in a summer creative writing course. Fiction set her imagination free and she was hooked! Her short stories and poetry have been published in IdeaGems, The Storyteller, Adventures of the Average Woman, Howling Halloween Anthology and Crusin’ Style Magazine.

Bob Hesselberth: Business Operations

Shy About Your Finances? Don’t Be! Your Bank Needs to Know.

A lot of new business owners and startup CEOs understandably want to keep their finances completely private. Their attitude is that it’s nobody’s business how much they sell or how much money they make. But businesses that hold those beliefs usually...

David Woodruff: Science Fiction/Fantasy

What am I working on: Just finished writing my 2nd short story for 2020 (122 Total).
Next Events:
January 16th, Rasputin: Holy Devil, Oasis 259 Monroe Ave. 11AM-Noon

Dee Carey

Dee Carey

Can one Woman's sacriface save an entire town?

Certain she heard the long awaited sound, Summer moved closer to the egg. Slowly almost imperceptibly the egg began to crack. The faint scratching of dragon claws was music to her soul. She'd waited alone for three long years, now on this last eve of her final year she would be rewarded. The reptile would emerge within her watch. This creaturewould be the salvation of her village.

George Rollie Adams

George Rollie Adams

George Rollie Adams is an educator, historian, biographer, and museum professional whose career included nearly thirty years at the Strong National Museum of Play. Among other activities in those roles, he founded and served as editor in chief of the American Journal of Play and wrote a biography—General William S. Harney: Prince of Dragoons—that was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award. Today, Adams writes historical fiction that calls attention to social issues. He is a native of southern Arkansas, and his stories and his blog—“It Happened Like This and Other Stuff”—explore Southern themes that carry universal meanings. His latest book is a historical novel, South of Little Rock.

John Caligiuri: Alternate History and Science Fiction

On a dark, snowy road in western New York, Dante Carloman and Tina Phokas lives take a turn no one could anticipate. The world around them erupts into a hellish landscape from an attack by alien creatures. With only his wits as a weapon, Dante learns the purpose of their abduction and find a chink in the aliens’ all-encompassing control. But to use that tenuous chance, he must summon the courage to reenter the aliens’ compound. The results will either save them or doom the Earth to annihilation.

John Steele

John Steele: Struggling Wanna Be Author

I am a retired electrical engineer / inventor. After taking an adult education class on creative writing along with my wife, Sally, I tried writing a Young Adult story. With life in the way, it still needs much work and sits among the cobwebs in my computer’s cloud waiting for me to return.

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Through having to write a lot for my various jobs over the years, I discovered that I liked to write nonfiction. Since 2008, I've been writing blog posts, books, reports, and more. Finding time to write is always my major struggle due to work, family, and church responsibilities. But when I can, I write..

Kathy Shay

Kathryn Shay

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won many awards for her work: five RT Book Reviews awards, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”.

Kim Gore

Kimberly Gore

Kim’s diverse background includes stage plays such as a one-act for Conceptual Suitcases, a play comprised of stories written by high school undergraduates in 1986, and Something Blue, which she wrote and directed as a SUNY Brockport student in 1995. She also created commercials for Lakeville Jewelers and wrote and performed puppet theatre for local schools and libraries.

Rick Iekel

Rick Iekel, a storyteller from Rochester, New York holds a lifelong fascination with real stories about real people in real places. “Life is so interesting,” he muses, “why would I go to the effort of trying to create believable fiction?” During a 35-year career in aviation, writing was mostly limited to summer vacation time. Now he dabbles in historical fiction [House with a Heart] and is currently researching the 100 year history of the Greater Rochester International Airport. Raised on a farm in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, he now resides with his wife in Rochester, New York.

Rick Taubold: Publisher/Editor-in-chief

Fabula Argentea (FA for short) is Latin for “silver story” and the name is pronounced FAH-boo-la ar-GEN-tee-ah (where the “g” is hard as in “grape”).

Our editorial Staff is composed of Rick Taubold (Publisher/Editor-in-chief), Rosanne Taubold (Art Director and editorial assistant). FA is a paying market. Our goal is to bring its readers the best writing we can find. Period. We accept a wide variety of material: genre, literary, humor, the grit of life, happy endings, sad endings...

Sally Valentine

Sally Valentine

Family relationships are never easy.

I wake up to the sound of Ruthie Singing. Ruthie's my alarm clock these days, and I suppose there are worse ways to wake up. Today's song is "Jingle Bells," and it takes me a minute to process the fact that this is still September. I knew when Ruthie arrivied four years ago that my life would change; Ijust didn't know how much. It's one of those things they don't teach you in school.

Shahanna King

Shahanna King

Who I am is a long list of experiences, some epiphanies and some sheer luck.  In short, I am a full time office worker with three children and passion for writing.  Even though I am passionate for writing, I am also flighty enough to not have any finished any works to get published.

Steve Yates

To borrow a phrase: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

It’s started. I’m in the process of editing my short stories for an anthology. I have a name for it, I’ve had it for years, and my best estimate for competition is sometime in 2017. As Al White used to say: “We’ll be watching.”

Sue Savard: Memoir Writing

I’ve worked and worked on the chapter about my husband’s indecision regarding attending college and added as much tension as I dare. I want to keep my writing as factual as possible but also make it interesting. According to a writing coach I’ve met, she claims that if I ever want to publish my work, I’d have to embellish it a lot and really ramp up the tension in order to keep the reader engaged. The question for me is, “What am I going to do with this? Do I really want to publish it or just make it available for family?”

Sue Spitulnik: Creative Grandma

Sue thrives on creativity in many different ways. She writes flash fiction, memoir and long fiction. It's exciting to her to watch the word count grow when she takes a self-made list of characters and brings them to life in a short story or novel. You can also find her taking a bunch of ingredients and turning them into a yummy dessert or picking a quilting pattern, looking for just the right fabrics then cutting that yardage into small pieces to sew back together to make a warm comfy quilt which she often gives away.

Terry LeFeber

To Revel

Mike reveled in the shower. Designed it himself. Glass walled on two sides. The rest Carrera marble. More outlets, adjustable jets and temperature controls than necessary. He reveled in the steam. Reveled in the heat. Revealed in the foamy body wash. Reveled in the shampoo.

  Bev Lewis
  Christine C. Thompson

Darlene Markham

Step aboard. Let go and reward yourself with unexpected beauty.

Damp curls tickled the nape of my neck. How could it be this hot and humid at 8:00AM?
The hospitality of the unhurried New Orleans morning differed from last night's dancing on Bourbon Street. Our travels had been care-free until now. Not today, this was different. We were leaving the flowered balconies of the French Quarter for the Atchafalaya Basin, a vast, Cajun Country river swamp at the southern end of the Mississippi River Valley.

  David A. Baker
  David Hull
  Diane M. Winiecki
Speculative Fiction

Edward R. Shartran Jr.

There really isn't much to say about myself so far. I am a full time retail employee. In my down time, I enjoy playing video games, enjoying the company of my good friends. Besides writing, I try to focus my creativity into drawing, however, as of writing this, I have had no real inspiration for that. I also would like to someday have one of my horror/sci-fi/fantasy stories to evolve into a book. Right now, I have a two part story published in the Greece writing groups Halloween Anthologies for 2017, and 2018.

Jean Verno

Jean Verno

After seeing the theatrical production of "Beauty and the Beast", the librarians' favorite musical, I started wondering how domestic life suited the happy couple. Sometimes, happy everafter hits an unexpected challange.

Dear Doctor Ruthie,
I am a happily married woman and my husband is wonderful ... and awful. Most of the time he is a Prince, really, ...

  Joseph Mele, Jr.
Mystery Stories Kate Collier
  Mario Milizia
  Mary Lou Heilman
  Robbi Hess
  Roger Moulton

Sally Steele

This story is based on an actual dream I had many years ago that has stuck in my mind because I thought it would make a good short story.

Aggie woke up to the sound of rain beating against the window and she groaned. "Why does it always rain on the weekend?"

  Sarah Leuts
  Steve DeMayo
  Victoria Baker





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