Short Story Sunday: “Tumor” [323]

Short Story Sunday: "Tumor" | Flash Fiction | RachelPoli.com

It wasn’t a big deal to him. When he got the diagnosis, he didn’t mind. Ethan was just happy to know what was going on inside of him. He hadn’t been feeling well for months. Doctors had taken tests and referred him to other doctors for a second opinion. However, it still took a long time for them to figure out what was wrong with him.

Helen was distraught when she found out. Ethan was 82-years-old and she always knew her parents would go before her.

However, she had lost her mother about ten years ago and couldn’t bare the thought of losing her father as well.

She was happy they had a diagnosis, sure. But it took them so long to figure it out that the tumor had grown so big. It was a risk to take it out. Or, Ethan could live the rest of his days however he saw fit and not be in a hospital bed.

He chose the latter.

Helen tried to keep a positive attitude. She couldn’t imagine what it must have felt like to know you were going to die soon. It made her think that she didn’t want to know how she was going to die. She just wanted it to happen quickly and painlessly when it was her time to leave the earth. However, Ethan was oddly excited about it and Helen couldn’t understand why.

Ethan was happy to finally know what was wrong with him. He had vowed that there would be no more doctor visits. He wouldn’t have to spend any overnights in the hospital. He knew he was sick and he was going to make the most of his final days on earth with his family and whatever little friends he had left.

He was excited. He had no regrets. He had lived a well and wonderful life. He was proud of his family. He was present for all the big milestones of his sons, daughters, and grandchildren. He even had a couple of great-grandchildren.

He missed his wife and couldn’t wait to head to Heaven to see her again.

Helen cried every time he spoke of it and he always smiled and patted her on the shoulder. He was thankful to live such a full life that he didn’t need to worry about leaving the earth. Helen could only hope that she would be that ready when she was lying on her death bed.

So, when the tumor finally took over Ethan’s whole body, he laid in bed with a smile on his face. He said his goodbyes and I love yous to his family. He closed his eyes, peacefully grinning.

Helen waited alongside her husband and their children. Alongside her brothers and sisters and their husbands, wives, and children. All was quiet. The air was heavy.

Ethan opened one eye. He chuckled. “Either He’s not ready for me yet or your mother wants a little more peace and quiet before I get there.”

I hope you enjoyed the story. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Please feel free to share this post.

You can take a look at more Short Stories here.

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.com

Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | GoodReads | Double Jump

The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu [Book Review]

This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission should you buy from these links at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

I bought an ebook copy through Amazon for Indie Reader. The decision to review and all opinions are my own.

The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu | Book Review | RachelPoli.com

Title: The Door to the Spirit World
Author: B.K. Chu
Genre: Children’s

Series: Younho and Chadori, book 1
Publisher: Solkroken Media
Publication Date: November 11, 2020

This children’s book follows a Korean boy around Christmas time. It’s a cute story for pre-teens, though it’s a sad one.

I enjoy reading children’s books and love exploring the spirit world so this one intrigued me. Except, there wasn’t any spirit exploration at all. This is a quick read only being a little over 100 pages. This is meant to be a trilogy but this particular book was all set-up and no execution for anything.

We get a good sense of Youngho and his life along with his dog, Chadori. However, the plot that’s described in the title and the blurb isn’t carried through. Something happens in the final chapter, leaving the book at a cliffhanger, and setting it up for book two.

Overall, the context of the story was pretty good and the writing was great. It’s certainly easy for kids to read and the colored illustrations were charming. I just wish the plot was executed better and more things happened in the story. Still, I’ll look forward to seeing book two.

The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
Writing Style

Overall

The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu is a great kids story with a simple writing style, fun illustrations, and interesting characters.

3.3

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please share it.

Take a look at more Book Reviews here.

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.com

Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Double Jump

The Email List is Back in Action! [Update]

Did you know I have an email list?

Did you know I started it back in… 2017? I think it was 2017. It seems so long ago now.

I started the email list because, at the time, I thought it was the “right thing to do.” If you want to be an author, if you want to be a successful blogger, you have to have an email list.

The Email List is Back in Action | Email List | Author List | RachelPoli.com

So, I created an email list. I failed with it. So, I brought it back. I failed with it again.

I think I tried starting an email list at least three different times and stopped each of them. I ran out of things to say, I didn’t know what to put in the emails that were worth-while for people to open… it’s a lot harder than it sounds.

But you know what I learned during this time? You do not need an email list to grow.

And yet… it’s back again.

Honestly, I’m amazed that people have still be signed up to my email list when I stopped it for practically a year or two. I’ve been inconsistent with it.

People have still been signing up too and, trust me, that’s been nagging at me every time I get a new sign-up.

I appreciate you people, though. I don’t know what to say but apparently, you care about it.

So, even though I’m saying you don’t need an email list to grow, I actually brought mine back.

Why? Because I think I have more to say and more to offer now.

Since I’ve changed some things on the blog I thought it would be a good idea to bring the email list back. This will be a new way for me to share some more things exclusively and also a new way to communicate with you guys.

What content is on the email list?

If you’re part of my email list already, then you should have received an email from me last week. I explained the new schedule and what sort of content will be in the emails, etc. (Plus, I updated the Project Planner!)

From now on, there will be two emails per month from me.

  1. In the middle of the month, I’ll send you guys an exclusive short story and/or blog post (similar to my old Patreon reward but now it’s free).
  2. At the end of the month, I’ll send you guys a general monthly wrap-up/update.

The wrap up will be any general news from the months along with any important blog posts or podcast episodes you might have missed. There will also be resources, book recommendations, etc. thrown in as well.

Occasionally, there will be a third email thrown in there depending on what’s going on. For example, if I have a new book coming out or some other big news then the email list will be the first to know about it. So, the big news will be thrown in occasionally.

Of course, there won’t be spam or anything like that. I know email lists can be annoying, especially if you’re part of multiple. I’ll do my best to keep the emails at a minimum.

Does it sound like something you’d be interested in? Then you can click the button below to sign up!


 

If not, that’s totally understandable. I’ll see you around the blog instead!

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.com

Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | GoodReads | Double Jump

The Merry Writer Podcast: Episode 043 is Here!

The Merry Writer Podcast: how do you build a following on social media? | Podcast | Creative writing | writing community | RachelPoli.com

The Merry Writer Podcast

The Merry Writer started as a hashtag game on Twitter and Instagram. Hosted by Ari Meghlen and myself, The Merry Writer Podcast is a fun, friendly show about all things writing and bookish. Join us as we ask all the “write” questions.

Episode 043: how do you build a following on social media?

In this week’s episode, Ari and I discuss some ways to build a consistent and engaging following on social media (without killing yourself!). Let us know your answers to this topic in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag, #TheMerryWriterPodcast. Be sure to give it a listen through the YouTube video below or any of the links below. Enjoy!

New episodes are published every Wednesday at 10:00 am EST (2:00 pm BST). Please subscribe to the podcast so you can be notified when a new episode goes live. Also, give each episode a “like” wherever you enjoy tuning in. It’ll help the podcast grow and we’d really appreciate it!

Thanks for listening!

Podbean | Spotify | iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | YouTube | PodLink

Let me know your thoughts about the episode in the comments below so we can chat! Please feel free to share this post.

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.com

Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | GoodReads | Double Jump

When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar [Book Review]

This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission should you buy from these links at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

I received an e-ARC from the author. The decision to review and all opinions are my own.

Book Review: When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar | Romance | RachelPoli.com

Title: When Silver Met Gold
Author: Kounj Muzafar
Genre: Romance

Series: N/A
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August 14, 2020

I don’t typically read romance novels and I gave the author the head’s up about that when I was contacted about this book. The story sounded intriguing though, so I decided to give it a try. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint.

The protagonist, Musca, moves back to Pakistan after the death of her mother where her life is changed forever. Growing up in the US, there are plenty of differences between there and Pakistan – including relationships with adorable boys you’re smitten with.

The characters were fun to follow along. I enjoyed the relationship building between Musca and Aaliyan as well as her uncle. The overall romantic plot with the cultural differences was fascinating and nothing I’ve ever read before, so I’m glad I got the chance to check this one out.

The writing style was easy enough to follow along, but I felt there was too much description in some places. For me, the beginning was pretty slow and it took me a little bit to get into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the read and I’ll look forward to see what else this author has in store.

When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
Writing Style

Overall

When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar is a refreshing romance read. If you’re looking for something culturally different and enjoy romance, give this one a try.

4

About the author

Kounj Muzafar is an introverted butterfly who likes to wrap herself in the cocoon made of books and caffeine. When she is not reading, she is writing. The passion for reading was developed in her early teenage years, while her first writing was a short story she had scribbled in her notebook. 

She is an entrepreneur, an author, a freelance writer, and a blogger. She hosts multiple blogs including, ThatKayBlog.com and Author Kounj Muzafar. She believes in humanity, peace, fate, and the beautiful fantastical and supernatural beings. She likes traveling, trying new food, especially learning new things, and acquiring knowledge. Interested in all the beauty world carries she still likes to live in her muse and imaginations. 

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | LinkedIn

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please share it.

Take a look at more Book Reviews here.

Blog Signature | RachelPoli.com

Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Double Jump