The Swamp

An adventure gone somewhat bad; the stuff of nightmares….

Andrew Joyce


Howdy, folks. I’m here with another one of my hitchin’ adventures. I’ve written about this one back a few years ago, but I’ve cut out all the superfluous words and the hyperbole in this version. Just the unadorned facts this time ’round.

Before we get started, I got something to say. When reading these stories, you may think these adventures happened all the time while I was on the road. Well, that’s not true. I was on the road five years and most of it was pretty mundane. Just moving around and meeting new people. Things did happen, but not every event was a full story’s worth. Like the time I was kidnapped by a woman because she was tired of being lonely. When I “escaped” from her, I ran into the heir of the Coca-Cola fortune. He had rebelled from his wealth and privilege and bought an old school…

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Refresh your dialogue punctuation skills – by Louise Harnby…

Excellent piece for new authors or those who need a refresher in proper punctuation within dialogue, as well as other valuable tips.

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In this 20-minute webinar series, I show fiction writers and editors how to punctuate dialogue in a novel according to publishing-industry convention.

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This entry was posted on August 10, 2020. 2 Comments

I Saw Jesus

Andrew Joyce

I saw Jesus the night before he died, the night before he hauled that damn cross up the hill. I ran into him outside that little bakery, the one across from the wine shop on the main street. He was sitting on the stoop, talking to a gaggle of children. He always did love the kids.

“Hey, Jesus. What’s happening?”

“Hello, William. I’m just hangin’ with my little buddies.”

“If you can tear yourself away, how about I buy you a cup of wine at that shop over there? We can sit and talk and catch up. I haven’t seen you since forever.”

He smiled that smile of his.

“I’d like nothing better, my friend.”

He stood, patted one or two of the kids on the head, and whispered into one little girl’s ear. She looked up at him and smiled a thousand-watt smile.

“What did you say to the…

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I’m *showing* my love by reblogging this gem, which I….ahem….love. :::Cheshire grin:::

Andrew Joyce

Love is never spontaneous.

Love takes work.

Love, over time, grows strong like a mighty oak.

No sapling is Love.

Love is soft and low.

Love is hard as a rock.

Love is not words.

Love is action.

Love is showing.

Love does not have to be spoken.

Life without Love is a long, lonesome road.

Love is being sheltered from the rain and snow.

Love is the Tao.

Love is the Way.

Never trade for your Love.

Never expect anything for your Love.

Because then it is not Love.

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Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Boston Marathon in 1897

An entertaining way to learn some history!

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April 19th marks the anniversary of the first Boston Marathon, which was run in 1897. This is an event that we all would like to see. If you decide to jump on the time travel train, please take this list to ensure you don’t put a big ole tear in the time continuum. All aboard.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Boston marathon.

10 If you go, do not think you can sneak into the race and be lost in the thousands of participants. If you do, at best you’ll double think your decision. At worst, you will be noticed immediately by the judges since there are only fifteen participants. (You have a choice Lucian. Pay the entry fee or drop out. That policeman over there is going to make sure you choose one or the other.)

9 If you go, do not try to tell Tiny…

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This entry was posted on April 24, 2020. 3 Comments

Danny Returns!!!

Buckle your seat belts…my good pal Danny has some stories to tell!

Andrew Joyce

Danny the Dog

Danny the Dog is a prolific writer. He’s written articles for bloggers around the world and has his own very popular blog where he dispenses his wisdom on a monthly basis. He’s humorous, clever, charming, delightful, and sometimes irascible. Or, as he would phrase it, “I’m a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and words.”

In My Name Is Danny, Danny writes about his real-life adventures living on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his human, Andrew. He tells of their trials and tribulations … and the love they have for one another.

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This entry was posted on March 9, 2020. 1 Comment


From Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce, “Jeanie” brings us a resolution that is so satisfying, it makes us a bit embarrassed to enjoy it so much.

Andrew Joyce

JakeHere’s the follow-up to the Everything’s Jake story.

It’s two hours before dawn, moonlight shafts in through the open window. In a darkened corner, deep in the shadows, sits a woman. She has been sitting there for hours. She looks toward the bed. Lying on the bed is a man, a big man. The woman is crying, the man is snoring, and they are waiting. The man does not know that he is waiting … but he is.

What a mess I’ve made of things, thinks the woman. She recalls back five years when she was just a seventeen-year-old girl in Two Mule, Kansas. Back then her favorite saying was, “This may be Two Mule, but it’s a one-horse town as far as I’m concerned.”

Then the big man came to town; he was handsome in a rugged sort of way. Jeanie took one look at him and knew that…

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You Lucky People!!!

Such a steal! Such a deal!!

Andrew Joyce

For the next three days my magnum opus Mahoney is on sale for a mere 99 cents. What a deal!!!

Please don’t all of you rush over to Amazon to buy it all at once. The line forms on the right.

Now, if ya’all will excuse me, I gotta go and read my reviews again (all great!) for the 10,000th time.

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This entry was posted on September 27, 2019. 1 Comment