Saddle Up Saloon: A Whole New World

Saddle Up Saloon: A Whole New World

As writers, we come up with worlds in our heads and commit them to paper. Even fiction that ostensibly takes place in our own world must contain fictional characters and elements that make it differ from our own. Today at the Saloon, we’re going to sip our brews...
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Mighty Real: The True Story of Sylvester

When choosing what to write for the “Into the Past” column this month, I felt conflicted. With Juneteenth so close to the writing date and Pride month ongoing throughout June, I didn’t know what I should focus on. I decided I wasn’t going to...
Announcing the WINNERS of the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

The Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

by H.R.R. Gorman Here at the Carrot Ranch, we take the business of 99-word literary art seriously. Those who participate in the Ranch prompts or yearly Rodeo saddle up to TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction) it out and train new Rough Riders as we go. Now, the Ranch is...
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The History of Best Friends

I’m quite hopeful you, as you read this, have a best friend. If you don’t, however, you can pick up a best friend from a shelter not too far away: you can get a dog. Dogs, called “man’s best friend” in a cliché and somewhat sexist...
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Wu Zetian’s (bloody?) Image Through the Ages

When Americans like me think of famous female rulers, we tend to imagine the queens of England: either of the Elizabeths, perhaps Victoria. Elizabeth I, especially, holds a place in people’s hearts because of her speech to the soldiers when facing the Spanish Armada....
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Sequoyah: Power through the Pen and Press

The English language: we all know our writing system isn’t perfect because, if it were, I wouldn’t have to spell “rhythm” so many different ways before spellcheck finally tells me it’s right. It takes a child years to learn to read and write English for this very...
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Into the Past: The Not-so-Spanish Spanish Flu

With Coronavirus/Covid-19 currently raging across the globe, many people are looking to the past for comparisons. Since recurrent diseases such as yellow fever, smallpox, and others feel too far in the past to really compare with, many have chosen a deadly pandemic...