Monthly Archives: March 2021

Jane Austen deadline extended to April 30

You are invited to write what your passions are about Jane Austen and/or her books; your favorite characters, the character you like to laugh at, favorite books, movies-like or dislike and why. This includes the spinoff  books and movies that are related to Jane Austen i.e. Lost in Austen, Stefanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries, Death Comes to Pemberley etc.

Deadline of April 30, 2021 midnight.

You retain copyright for your work, permitting PurpleStone Press to publish it.

Send one item of unpublished prose (essay or personal thoughts) up to 1500 words; or send up to 5 poems, no minimum number of lines, maximum of 50 lines or less, each:   Send as a word attachment.

Name, address, email, tele. # in upper left hand corner. Bio- 50 words or less. Acceptance letter sent by May 15, 2021.

Please send your submission to: arlenebice1633@gmail.com as an attachment as soon as your piece is completed and edited. All accepted submissions will have a one-time offer to purchase anthologies (as many as you want 1 –100) at less than retail price.

Questions? I’m always delighted to answer questions. Send them on…  Arlene S. Bice

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Missing Bobby

cousin Jackie Bice, me, Bobby in our reading corner

Remembering My Brother Bobby

2016.03.25. arlene s bice

as kids

he worried about me, his little sister

up in the trees; walking the spiked fence,

riding my bike; arms stretched out wide,

engulfing a world from the middle of the street

he was the quiet one

we went to the movies on Saturday afternoons,

roller skating rink; baseball games;

I talked him into taking the shortcut home

he believed me to know the way, and I didn’t

we always got home safely

as  a man

when his heart broke, he came to me;

I took his hand, we roamed all over Italy

drove through clouds down mountains

the dangerous curves of the Amalfi Coast

hanging over the brilliant, azure,

glittering Mediterranean Sea

in Verona, wandering streets at midnight

when he thought I knew the way, I didn’t

all lights were out, except one-a half

block away; a pizza place whose

owner was from New Jersey

he trusted me

his healed heart broke a second time

he came to the forests of North Carolina

anger and pain pouring out of him

with the gentle guidance of a loving sister

-I try not to be bossy-

he settled, calmed the waters by writing poetry

walking the dog, teaching high school kids

in his passing of life, he found peace at last.

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TTOT 21.03.19. chocolate greek yogurt

photo by American Heritage Chocolate unsplash

  1. After days of excruciating pain from an infected tooth, I am pain-free. Yahoo!
  2. After a 90 minute drive to Danville on Monday, my appointment time was nil. It was a just-get-in-line deal; the line being 200’ + or = line. At least I had pleasant conversations with the Texan in front of me and the woman behind me for the 2 hour wait in cold weather that I was not dressed for and no sweater in the car because I just cleaned it out. But, hooray! My first vaccine has been accepted with no side effects.
  3. Amoxiecillin. Need I say more?
  4. Being able to think and create thoughts to write again.
  5. Two days warm enough to have lunch on the sunporch with my new companion Captain Midnight. He loves it out there, sneaks up on the birds even though he can’t get to them. So funny.
  6. Books, books, books. Between all the sleeping I did this week, were peeks into one book or another.
  7. Email. Keeping me from being disconnected from the world.
  8. Chobani Greek Yogurt to replace what anti-biotics take out of my system.
  9. Dark chocolate cocoa powder that I mixed with the yogurt, adding a touch of honey, yum and all I could eat for a couple days.
  10. Jumping back into my busy (thankfully) writing schedule.

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Jane Austen Anthology

You are invited to write what your passions are about Jane Austen and/or her books; your favorite characters, the character you like to laugh at, favorite books, movies-like or dislike and why. This includes the offshoot books and movies that are related to Jane Austen i.e. Lost in Austen, Stefanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries, Death Comes to Pemberley etc.

Your name, address, email, tele. # in upper left hand corner. Your Bio- 50 words or less.Send one item of unpublished prose (essay or personal thoughts) up to 1500 words; or send up to 5 poems, no minimum number of lines, maximum of 50 lines or less, each: Write THE END at the end of each piece submitted. This will be removed before publishing.

Send as a word attachment.Deadline of March 31, 2021 midnight. Acceptance letter will be sent by April 15, 2021.

You, as the author retain copyright for your work, permitting PurpleStone Press to publish it.The copyright for the anthology as a “collective work” belongs to PurpleStone Press.

The book will be available to purchase by May 30, 2021.   Please send your submission to: arlenebice1633@gmail.com as an attachment as soon as your piece is completed and edited. The first 10 accepted submissions will receive a complimentary copy within the continental USA.

All accepted submissions will have a one-time offer to purchase anthologies (as many as you want 1 –100) at less than retail price.

Questions? I’m always delighted to answer questions. Send them on…  Arlene S. Bice

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