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Teri Skultety

Poetess. Novelist.

Loralee, Chapter Eleven, That Wears the Crown

Loralee, The Dimestore Novella Chapter Eleven, That Wears the Crown Originally published on September 6, 2012   The smell was enough that anyone driving by with their windows open or their air conditioner on would have noticed. Nevelle’s eyes seemed to glow in the dark as he glared at McCoy. […]

Do You Have Monsters?

Do you have monsters? Apparently I had a lot of monsters I didn’t even know I had. Some of them were political, some of them were religious, some were ideological, some were reflections, some were old fears, and, some were actual people. After a while, for a while, alcohol was […]

To Thine Own Self, Be True

“To thine own self, be true.” Polonious, in Hamlet by William Shakespeare Be true to yourself Never tell everything you know.   My “heroes” have often been those who had the wherewithal to stay true to themselves regardless. They’ve also been people who got up and went on even if […]

Loralee, Chapter Ten, Real Estate

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Ten, Real Estate Originally published on June 30, 2012   β€œHenry, I don’t think I can take it anymore.” Loralee was sitting on the bed, slumped. She eased herself to the floor, back against the mattresses. β€œGet off the floor, Loralee.” Henry had had about […]

Pigeon Hole

Don’t try to put me in your pigeon hole, don’t tell me how you sold your soul, I don’t really want to know, I’ve got problems of my own. Don’t you know they broke the mold, when they made me? When they made me. I don’t want to hear your […]

Loralee, Chapter Nine, Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Nine, Shake, Rattle, and Roll Originally published on June 28, 2012   β€œMalcom, Hardy says you’re not telling him something.” Loralee looked at her hands. She couldn’t bring herself to look at her husband. Her throat was dry. Her chest hurt. Never in her life […]

Loralee, Chapter Eight, Luxury

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Eight, Luxury Originally published on May 20, 2012   β€œMalcom’s arraignment is set for Monday morning. Don’t expect them to release him.” Hardy Pattershaw sat down at the head of the conference table in Loralee and Henry’s suite. He opened his briefcase. β€œHardy, I don’t […]

Loralee, Chapter Seven, Buffalo Nickel

Loralee:The Dimestore Novella Chapter Seven, Buffalo Nickel Originally published on April 29, 2012   James Nevelle stood six-foot-five. Reed thin, he was what they called, β€œA long drink of water.” Perfectly silver foxed at the temples, his otherwise black hair combed back to a razor straight line an inch above […]

Danielle Steel

Here’s a great write up/interview of author Danielle Steel at Glamour mag. How has Steel written 179 books? She writes/works twenty to twenty-two hours a day. If that sounds like b.s. to you, you might not be a writer, or at least not one who knows what it’s like to […]

Loralee, Chapter Six, The Garden Suite

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Six, The Garden Suite Originally published on April 29, 2012 Loralee set her drink on the counter, perspiration dripping cold off the sides of the glass. She lifted her hair out of the way. Henry unclasped the thin gold chain, a little gold star dangling […]

Loralee, Chapter Five, Tangled Web

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Five, Tangled Web Originally published on March 8, 2012 His blood was spreading out around his body, not quite seeping into the poorly mixed concrete of the budget cut sidewalk at the bottom of the steps outside the police station. He looked to be in […]

Loralee, Chapter Four, Miss Tulsa Pie

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Four, Miss Tulsa Pie Originally published on January 27, 2012     Loralee’s phone was ringing on the nightstand. She knocked over an empty glass as she reached for it. Her mascara had congealed, making it nearly impossible to open her eyes all the way. […]

Sidereal

I couldn’t find a wall to push this through, I couldn’t find a star to hang this on tonight. If you were here I’d tell you everything and waiting on the in between, Oh, what I have seen, Oh, what I have seen, ethereal sidereal, the making of this love, […]

Loralee, Chapter Three, Houston

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Three, Houston Originally Published on January 12, 2012   β€œI heard you, damn it. I know who I belong to.” Donna paced on the balcony. β€œThen what are you doing?” Malcom said. β€œDon’t you know it’s you? It’s a big world, I been sitting on […]

Touch the Devil

We like to think, we play to win, it’s call the game, of life, my friend. We take our chances, say our prayers, we’re living for, the demon’s dares. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, are we playing the game, or is it playing us? Running against, the hands of […]

Of the Nights…

Of the nights I spent in love with you, I could write all day, though hindsight has seen fit to show me, that it was never quite that way. So I’ll pretend I’m not in love with you, and then there’s nothing left to say.   TS   Sharable on […]

Loralee, Chapter Two, Oh Henry

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Two, Oh Henry Originally published on October 27, 2011   Static crackled through the radio’s old speakers mixed with the fading strains of β€œAll Shook Up,” part of the New Year’s Day Golden Hits of Rock and Roll countdown, the low volume created an odd […]