If It Didn’t Sound So Crazy…

Doodle, Mike Allegra, Writing in Yoga PoseIF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a story about a mermaid and a farmer.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE an essay on a magical moving pen.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a book about a ghost with a moving murmur.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a tale about a wolf and a wren who share a den.


IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a legend of two enchanted sisters.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a tome on a paradise lost and found.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a tale about healing a S.O.U.L. blister.

IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D WRITE a fable on chipmunks who lived underground.


IF IT DIDN’T SOUND SO CRAZY, I’D admit I’ve written these stories and more,

But that sounds just crazy, so ignore my personal folklore.

sun salutation, yoga on the beach

Today is my 395th post on Roughwighting! Many have encouraged me to publish a book of my short stories. What do you think?

143 thoughts on “If It Didn’t Sound So Crazy…

  1. Pam, did you hear that? That was the sound of a champagne corking popping In anticipation of your short story book! 😀 I’m hooked with all these magical story lines and want to know more … please seriously consider a short story collection! One eager waiting impatiently! Hugs ❤️

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    • Haha. The champagne is popped even before the book is put together. I like that attitude. I’ll be e-mailing you for some further advice, Annika. I love the way your book of short stories turned out (the outside of it is great, the inside terrific). 🙂

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      • Pam, I look forward to hearing from you and will help any way I can! It was the wonderful support and encouragement from many here on WP, including you, that convinced me to publish my short stories.😀 Exciting times! Xx

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    • Good point, Jill. We need to make the most of our time in this life. I’m starting to put together the collection of stories to pick and choose. This is fun! 🙂 Many, many thanks for your support and encouragement.


    • I published my two novels – romantic suspense – independently and was really pleased with the result. But it was a lot of work! I believe that with this potential book of short stories I’ll have more support and advice and technical help, so the reality is getting closer… Many thanks for your encouragement.


  2. If you want to write a book of short stories and that fulfills a need within you, then I say go for it.

    [I’ve had people tell me I need to put together a book of my blog posts which are in essence short personal essays. I’ve thought about it and decided that until I feel the need to do so, I won’t. Just saying…]

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  3. Well, I’m happy to know you’ve already written these stories, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Hope you continue to write down crazy-sounding ideas for a long time to come. Adding your short stories to my TBR pile today! 😀 ❤

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    • Oh, my, hmmmmm, dear me. May I borrow that premise, Marian? Suddenly I’m realizing I’d love to write about a book that writes itself. Sort of like Stephen King’s car, Christine, that drives itself. Except not horror and not a car, and not….. oh, you get the picture. 🙂


    • Mermaid/farmer story is already written and planned for the book, which it seems I’m crazy enough to put together now. But you’re more than welcome to write a story with a mermaid and a farmer too. Um, will it also include a capybara?
      Hope you saw that I ‘tagged’ you at the end of this post – “Doodle by Mike Allegra.” I may even want to use it as my “author photo” for this crazy book. With full credit to you, the amazing artist, of course!


  4. Yes of course I think it is an excellent idea! You had me at the mermaid and the farmer. Having grown up on a farm I am imagining a mermaid who has lost her way and appears i nthe farmer’s slough. 🙂

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  5. Pam, you have had a resounding answer. What is crazy about writing a
    book with your short stories. Is it the old self doubt popping up its head?
    Now, you love to write and your stories are great.
    So, … write! And publish. 🤗


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    • Ah, self-doubt always creeps up in the sensitive writer’s cranium, I’m afraid. But I’m blowing off the fear thanks to all of the resounding encouragement on this post. Thank YOU, Miriam.


    • Oh my gosh, talk about support! You already have me working on my SECOND book of short stories. How I appreciate your encouragement.
      Now, if I had a million dollars, I’d probably go for Book Three too. 🙂 What would YOU do with a million dollars, Liesbet?

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      • Nothing different than what I’m doing right now, Pam. Well, that’s partly the truth.

        We have friends over for the weekend and we were just talking today about what we would do if we were rich. My answer was that it would mostly be a mental improvement. Not having to worry about money would be wonderful. Also, Mark and I would spoil ourselves much more than we do now, by eating out, going on a vacation, and doing a paid excursion once in a while. 🙂

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        • I’m with you. I wouldn’t do anything different than I am now (if I suddenly had a million), but perhaps travel to CA more to see family and friends. However…. when I read about people who have a lot of money, and all the material possessions it seems to entail (property as well as ‘things’) and sure, traveling, I realize most are not happy;they’re extremely stressed. Simple is so much easier, and really helps us center on what is most important to us.

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  6. You wrote them, you publish them, and it would sound crazy if we didn’t love them! Go for it … can’t wait for the release date! Write on Wight!

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    • Dear Anonymous to every one but me. THANK YOU for your crazy ideas, which I have enjoyed and followed for years. In fact, my crazy is partly because of your crazy, so it may be all your fault. 🙂


  7. Your first story, the mermaid and the farmer, reminds me of a Garcia Marquez story, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.”

    395 posts? Wow! I found you late and missed a lot. With all those posts, I’m sure you could publish a great collection of short stories.

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    • I was quite amazed when I saw the number of stories I’ve post also. Hey, time/writing goes fast when you’re having fun. I just ordered Garcia Marques’ collected short stories from my library – look forward to reading The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World. 🙂


    • P.S. Thank you for recommending Garcia Marquez’s story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.” It’s wonderful! Now I’m hooked on all the short stories in his Collected edition. WOW. xo


  8. So many wonderful things start out as an idea that seems crazy at the time. I loved the post! I’d welcome the chance to read all your stories, and I think putting them into a book is a great idea. Cheers and keep us posted!

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  9. You know Pam, It’s only the Crazies, who keep the rest of us sane my friend lol..
    Wonderful and keep writing the things that speak to your heart..
    I love mermaids, ghosts, Wolves and birds..
    What is our imagination for anyways??

    LOVE and Hugs Pam.. Enjoy your Sunday.. ❤

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  10. I’d say go for it. I was challenged in 2015 to write a Kindle e-book and did it. Then I got the bug to write a second one in 2018 and so I did it again. Haven’t had many (actually only a few) read those two but guess what, I have the itch again and am working on a third. Perhaps I may even market this one better after it is written. I am sure your stories will have much more success than mine did. What else do you want to do with your time? Go for it! 😁

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    • Thanks for the encouragement. And the advice. I hope you GO FOR IT with your third book, also. I suppose the point is not how many people read our books; we write for the love of writing. But on the other hand, it’s sure nice to know that others enjoy our creativity. For that reason, going the next step to promoting and marketing our work is a necessity. ;-0


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