Cue The Sappy Music in Three, Two, One

Just when you thought you could count on Joe Shaw to deliver the goods, he goes ands pulls a Hallmark sweet sappy story on us. But man, is it good. I really loved this. It has just enough ‘bad boy’ motif to keep it interesting, and a whole lot of sweet, innocent nostalgia to make the heart melt. But don’t make this a habit, Shaw, we don’t want to read stories from you about young women who discover their true love is really the guy who runs the croissant shop four doors down but who secretly is also the son of the powerful business magnate who is trying to put her struggling Santa Cookie store out of business so he can replace it with luxury condominiums. If you do that, we’re all coming to Florida to teach you a lesson.

Joe’s story, “Charlie Miller Hates Christmas” is the third of seven free Christmas themed short stories the Fondue Writers Club is giving you. We do this, as we say, free of charge with no gimmicks because we love you.

If you love us half as much as we love you, consider going over to THE AMAZON and buying the audio/print/Kindle version of our anthology, ‘The Covid Quarantine Cantina’. You can CLICK HERE to do just that — but make sure and remember to come back and read Shaw’s free story. Click on the second from the bottom golden ring to read it.

don’t click the third ring, or you’ll turn into a toad


I Feel Like the Green Beans In This Story Are A Personal Attack On Me?

Joe Shaw is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. But beneath that happiness and sunshine is a creepy man who writes creepy stores. That is a part of his brilliance. He knows how to take a story dark, and then, well . . . you’ll have to read for yourself.

This is a shocking story with strong imagery, but it is worth the read. You’ll like it. This is the next to the last Free Thanksgiving Story from the Fondue Writers Club. Click on the can of green beans to read Joe’s story, “Thanksgiving With The Family”

The Story Is Free, The Cat Will Cost You

Joe Shaw finishes up our Halloween free stories. As always he reminds us why he is the one his family never turns their back on.


Something about this story reminds me of his first COVID Chronicle . . .

This wraps it up for us on this cycle, but we will be back in about three weeks with Thanksgiving stories for you to enjoy, and the COVID Quarantine Cantina is available for purchase on Kindle, paperback, and audio book, so go buy lots of those. That should keep you busy.

Click on the rock skipping across the water to read, “Mindy’s Coming Home Again”.

Just click the rock. If you click anything else, you’d better go check on your pet

A Story About A Kind of Justice We’ve All Thought About

To say Joe Shaw is a great writer is an understatement. His real gift is the turn of phrase.

Also, he leaves Easter eggs which are just for me — like the phrase “block around” in the opening paragraph. Only old men in Blue Fords and Pastor Butch Gregory block around. I know, because once upon a time Joe Shaw ridiculed me to no end about that phrase. And now, he leaves me this great gift.

Our little band of merry writers is still producing high quality short stories for your enjoyment. We’ve moved on from the COVID-19 theme and are now freestyle. Remember, we are not looking for money in these. They are all free. We just want you to read them and enjoy them, and if you like, share it on your own social media platform. As I remind during our podcast — every. click. matters.

Week One was Joseph Courtemanche’s Mariachi — Click Here To Read It

Week Two was some hack named Greenbean who wrote about boys swimming — Click Here

Week Three was Kathy Kexel’s heartwarming story about responsibility and family — Click Here

Today Shaw brings us a gut punch. It is hard to read in the sense the subject matter is not playful or fun, but tragic. This is a tragedy. But it is the second shot that will keep you thinking. Yet it is wonderfully written.

Click on one of The Crickets to read “The Crickets Sing” by Joe Shaw.

Don’t Click on Buddy Holly Or You’ll Become Fish Bait