Pinochle Anyone?

Rated 3.67/5 based on 6 reviews
It’s just a harmless little card game among consenting adults. More
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Words: 830
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458128058
About Ernest Winchester

I must in all honesty, update this entry, for I stumbled onto the magic key to post a story on Smashwords. It was operator error not one of the poltergeist that I’m sure came preloaded in my computer that prevents me from getting what I want from it. For those of you who didn’t read this bio before—which I’m sure includes the rest of the world’s population—I repeat: I am an old man who loves to write. I started decades ago—the exact number is irrelevant—on a cast iron framed manual typewriter that would now serve little purpose beyond a boat anchor. I love composing fiction on the computer, mainly because of the spell check feature. Why someone who can’t spell worth a damn wants to write, I’ll never be able to explain. I take solace in the knowledge that some well-known writers throughout history were so afflicted. However, I must confess, that is about as far as I can go into this—to me—frightening world of cyberspace. I don’t have accounts on face book (wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Almost nightly the news is filled with stories of people murdered by people they have contacted there.) I feel the same way about Myspace, a blog or personal web site. I don’t tweet or twit or what ever that is. That really seems silly--just call them and talk! So I’ll be contented to write and enjoy retirement until the final heartbeat or wayward city buss runs me over.

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Review by: Blue Sleighty on March 13, 2012 :
I am not surprised one bit by the "quality" of this story. It is exactly what I expected from this author. Boring and poorly written.
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Review by: B. Handy on Jan. 11, 2012 :
I frequent a writing group every week and we make it a point to edit, revise, and review each others work as all three are invaluable to any writer. This is what I noticed:
“Sam took a sip of his drink and wiped the acquired condensation from his cold glass on his pant leg before opening the box to withdraw the deck.”
This seemed a bit wordy for such a minor detail. Even just removing acquired may have kept this from leaping out at me or if just to omit a ‘his’, “wiped the glasses’ condensation on his pant leg”.
“as it was his custom to allow the cards to ‘hatch.’”
I’m not a card player so this term sent me into a Google search (which yielded no results oddly enough). Perhaps state what’s happening and then add the term? This bit threw me off track considerably.
“I agree, not that I intend to loose.” Lose as in the opposite of win, loose as in the opposite of tight.
“And I’ll close the blinds. (Missing a closing quotation mark here).
Good story with some minor details that could use tweaking. The use of hatch was what really took me out of the story, mainly because it’s a term I could not figure out with a quick Google search. Otherwise, nothing too major and a clear enough picture was formed in my head while reading.
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Review by: Kristina Howells on June 20, 2011 :
A lovely story, I really liked the way it ends. It makes you use your imagination in what happens next.
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Review by: Wendy Scott on June 12, 2011 :
So, being one card short of a deck isn't so bad after all.
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Review by: Maureen Mullis on May 20, 2011 :
Interesting story. I could believe this is based on a group that actually exists outside of Mr. Winchester's imagination.
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Review by: Elaine Shuel on May 01, 2011 :
You're quite the teaser, Ernie. I can't wait to read the next part to this story. Great beginning.
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