My writing is included in several anthologies:

The Resilient Soul by Karen Leavitt

The Resilient Soul is a compilation of stories from a variety of authors who offer hope and inspiration after tragedy.

My story, A Living Nightmare, is on page 132.

The Resilient Soul

July 2016

Montclair Write Group Sampler - 2014

by

Members of the Montclair Write Group - compiled by Hank Quesne

These stories vary by genre and interest. The book is free and can be downloaded at Montclair Write Group Sampler.

My story, Colorful Roommate, can be read on page 39 of 62 on the pdf.


(This essay is based on a chapter from Prisoner Without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale.)

Montclair Write Group Sampler

2014

Surviving Brain Injury:

Stories of Strength and Inspiration

by Amy Zellmer

Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration is a selection of stories by members of the brain injury community--survivors and caregivers.

In this book you will read stories of what it is like living in the world of brain injury.

My story, Nightmare in the TBI Disability Lane, is on page 114.

Montclair Write Group Sampler - 2016

by

Members of the Montclair Write Group - compiled by Hank Quesne

These stories vary by genre and interest. The book is free and can be downloaded at Montclair Write Group Sampler.

My story, In Other Words can be read on page 26 of 66 on the pdf.


(Disclaimer: The names in this piece are changed to protect the “infamous.”)

Montclair Write Group Sampler

June 2016

These workbooks are part of the Scholastic Literacy 2000 Basal Reader series. I wrote two 3rd grade stories, One 4th grade story, and one 5th grade story.The guidelines were strict.

I was required to use three pre-selected words and write a story around those words. The definitions of the words must be made clear in the text of the story.

Scholastic Literacy Place 2000

Take Home Readers

Miss Emma Gets Her Way

Miss Emma Gets Her Way -- and why shouldn't she? She's been living in Old Mill all her life. She's the oldest person in Old Mill and everybody just loves her. But when Miss Emma goes to the town library and can't find a single new book, something has to be done.

Lucky for Miss Emma, Meg overhears her say, "What this town needs is more books!" Meg also loves to read and she couldn't agree more.

The next day, with the help of Meg's teacher and her friends, Meg hangs flyers all over Old Mill.

BOOK FAIR! BOOK FAIR! BOOK FAIR!

Meg couldn't wait for the fair. Neither could Miss Emma, and together they greeted everyone at the gate.

Funny clown balloons and silly hats, hot dogs and ice cream, tug-of-war games and wishing wells all brought the coins pouring in. Coins that would fulfill Miss Emma's wish, and coins that would fill the Old Mill Library with new books.

A Star Wish

 

Have you ever wished upon a star? Wished for a new doll or wished to stay in the bubble bath forever and ever? Wished you never had to eat spinach, or liver, or anchovies or wished for a million dollars . . . maybe two? I don't know . . . do wishes come true? It's fun to think about. But the year of the drought, everyone was wishing - Ma and Pa, Mr. John and Mr. Hank. They were all worried about the corn and they were wishing for just one thing . . . RAIN!

But the rain didn't come. The grass was brown. But the rain didn't come. Twigs snapped. But the rain didn't come. Maybe if I wished harder, my star wishes would work. MAYBE!

Maybe it would rain.

Scholastic Literacy Place 2000

Take Home Readers

Never Going to Grow Up
 

 

"Grow up! Grow up!" groaned Matt. "Everyone wants me to grow up. I'll never grow up!" he said.

Sound familiar? Maybe Matt saw too many Peter Pan movies when he was little. But CAREER DAY was coming in Ms. Barker's class and everyone had to report on what they would like to do when they grew up. Jenny wanted to be a librarian. Sam decided a scientist, just like his dad, would be a good career for him. Matt said if he had to grow up, he'd be a pirate. But when he saw Ms. Barker frown, he tried to convince her by waving his imaginary sword in the air.

Ms. Barker would have none of it. She wasn't impressed. However, she did think, given Matt's "interest" in the sea, that he should learn about being a shipwright. After all, Peter Pan and Captain Hook needed to know about ships. And . . . so would Matt.

"A shipwright? What's a shipwright?" asked Matt.
 

Scholastic Literacy Place 2000

Take Home Readers

Scholastic Literacy Place 2000

Take Home Readers

The Legend of the Silver Birch

Have you heard the legend of the silver birch tree? Meg’s mother told Meg that the silver birch tree has magical powers? When Meg’s friend, Kate, falls off the Tarzan vines into a gully at Camp Hully Gully, Meg finds a branch of a silver birch tree to splint Kate’s wrist. Do you believe? Do you think the silver birch will heal Kate’s wrist?

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Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

 

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