I wish we had these.  I wish I had one for myself.

Let's face it.  Buying stuff is one of the best things you can do.  It keeps the wheels (of the Amazon delivery trucks) spinning.  It keeps the money going around.  It makes people love each other.

Don't listen to the naysayers who think you should buy less stuff, or that global warming is somehow tied up in all the cheap plastic crap that you buy.  It's not true. 

Here's a dirty little secret.  Not buying stuff causes global warming.  Which means you know what to do.

But never mind all that.  This is a page about giveaways:

What do we have to give away around here?  Basically, books.  Hey, you're reading a blog, right?  Must mean you like to read.  You will like reading even more a minute from now.  Click on the titles below to go to where you can get them for FREE.

Before Thee Optimist became a novelist (or a blogger), he wrote short stories, just like Ernest Hemingway.  That was his thing.  That's what he liked to do.  

In fact, he only started writing novels after a literary agent told him there was no money in short stories anymore.  The days of the Saturday Evening Post were long gone.    

Be that as it may, Thee Optimist wrote a bunch of short stories, and saw them published in print magazines and newspapers.  Incredible how ancient Thee Optimist is.  

During that time, he hit upon a method for writing short stories that editors were eager to publish, and readers enjoyed.  He shares that method with you here.

How to Write the Perfect Short Story has been downloaded more than 20,000 times, mostly in places like India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and various African countries.  

Somewhere in this world, people are still writing (and enjoying) short stories.  You can, too.   


Written by Thee Optimist contributor Brian Whitney, this is one of the strangest books you will ever read.  Depending on how easily offended you are, it's also one of the funniest.  It is laugh-out-loud on just about every page.  An alcoholic novelist goes to Samoa to ghostwrite the memoirs of a rich American sex addict.  Then things get weird.    

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