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Shattered Lives - Nearing completion

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:00 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

The story is written and editing is 70% done. Unfortunately, it is a slow laborious process. If anyone wants to be a beta-reader, please let me know.

I hope to publish the book around the end of the year. To read a short description of the book, follow this link:  Shattered Lives

Real experiences are often the best stories

posted Oct 2, 2018, 7:51 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 7:52 AM ]

A while back I found a hummingbird on the floor of our garage bound tightly in a spider's web. "Fragile" is a short story recounting our adventure. 

Who Am I?

posted Sep 25, 2018, 11:23 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 11:24 AM ]

Another short story I wrote a couple of months ago might also be of interest to my readers. "Who Am I?" After her father passes away, a daughter discovers her parents' dark past. How will she process and deal with the information she learns? 


When Pigs Fly

posted Sep 25, 2018, 11:15 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

My latest short story is, "When Pigs Fly." It is a story about a father and daughter dealing with family matters including traditions, guilt, loneliness, and death. I hope you enjoy it. 
  Image: When Pigs Fly

We Must Never Forget

posted May 26, 2018, 9:56 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated May 26, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called Decoration Day, it was first celebrated one year after the Civil War ended. Americans in various towns and cities held springtime tributes to the countless fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day.

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Freedom is never free

Please, take a moment this weekend to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Also, remember to thank those who serve today.

Quoted Text:  History Channel

Photos: Eagle and Flag

Flag and Quotes

Who Am I?

posted May 7, 2018, 7:17 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated May 12, 2018, 7:35 AM ]

My latest short story. I hope you enjoy it. 

After her father passes away, a daughter discovers her life might not be what she thought it was.


Ogglin' the Girls

posted Apr 8, 2018, 1:12 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

My latest flash fiction, Oggin' the Girls, is an experiment. I only used dialogue to tell the story of a grandfather returning home after many years. I hope you enjoy it. 
Ogglin' the Girls

A Story Needed an Ending

posted Mar 10, 2018, 12:21 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

I always felt my short story, "Next Stop - Las Vegas," needed an ending. The problem- nothing powerful enough ever came to me. This last week, however, the ending rushed into my thoughts and I couldn't wait to write it. 

I believe "Karma" is 'the rest of the story'. I hope you enjoy it.

Next Stop Las Vegas

Why Ten Children?

posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:46 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

My folks had ten children. Since my sister Paula and I are the youngest, for years we have caught a lot of flak (kidding) about the folks waiting seven years after brother Dick to have me and another six years to have Paula. The older siblings thought the folks should have stopped having children a long time before that. So, I felt a need to set the record straight. I told them I found a notebook buried in some of dad's personal items. In there is the explanation for the so-called madness. You can read it here.

Shattered Lives

posted Jan 25, 2018, 1:59 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 7:00 AM ]

My latest story, Shattered Lives, is coming together nicely. It is two stories. The first is of a teenage boy forced to go to work at Treblinka Death Camp in Poland. The second story is of the man 50 years later when he is being pursued by Israelis for war crimes. The two stories intertwine jumping back and forth between 1992 and 1942. It is in the first draft stage. Making the two stories flow cohesively is my challenge right now.

This is also my first draft of a possible cover design.

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