Bob Gillen

I write short fiction

Mannequin Monday – It’s Best Not to Talk

Mannequin Monday – It’s Best Not to Talk

“So why then does he feel he is on his way to perdition and not paradise?” We’re dressing our mannequin, our story framework, with words from an emerging Irish writer. The Irish Independent celebrates David Ralph’s “Taghazout” this week.

And I offer my own short story “It’s Best Not to Talk,” about a rookie cop finding out when to speak, when to shut up, on her night shift.

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Mannequin Monday – The Whisper of Bones

Mannequin Monday – The Whisper of Bones

mannequin head resembling Edith Piaf

“Come to Paris. Your sister is dead.” The opening lines from Elle Marr’s debut novel The Missing Sister. This week we clothe our mannequin with words, stories set in Paris, We visit three novels, two historical, one contemporary, all set in the City of Light.

And can we talk of Paris without Edith Piaf joining us? I offer an imaginative story of my own about the Paris catacombs. Thanks for joining us this week.

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Mannequin Monday – A Girl, My Lord, in a Flatbed Ford

Mannequin Monday – A Girl, My Lord, in a Flatbed Ford

My Lord, our mannequin drives a flatbed Ford this week. Ride along as words dress her story.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” Words from Ray Bradbury. Today’s Mannequin Monday is a mashup of song lyrics, a real-life memory, and Ray Bradbury quotes.

And then I present “Hollywood and Highland,” a short story I wrote using all these pieces.

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Mannequin Monday – What Lasts?

Mannequin Monday – What Lasts?

“How does your work affect the world?” Writer and marketing coach Dan Blank asks us to consider on this Mannequin Monday: “What will people remember of your writing?”

And I suggest that one lyric of songwriter Leonard Cohen offers a perspective on a writer’s impact.

Finally, I share an excerpt from an article I wrote for educators on the enduring work of journalists in combat and civil unrest zones .

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