Amanda Barber

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More of Me and Yahoo

30 March 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I accepted a funny short story assignment on Yahoo. I wasn’t sure what to write, because I don’t necessarily think of myself as a comedy writer. On the other hand, I have a registered nurse for a brother who works the night shift. He comes home with the funniest stories sometimes and tells them to me in such an animated fashion, that I often find myself doubled over with tears streaming down my cheeks. So, for this assignment, I took his stories as inspiration and crafted my own crazy “nursing” story. Well, it has clearly hit a chord with more people than I ever suspected. As of last night, the story has received over 40,000 views. I called it Night Shift at the Hospital and you can read it today if you like! I also have a few more stories published as well, though they haven’t become the smashing successes “Night Shift” has been. The first is Justice Peace, a story about a black cowboy who walks into a small town, told through the eyes of a lonely young boy. The second is an essay on the resurrection with an original illustration by a good friend, Robert Hines. The last is a flash fiction story, Your Dad, told in one hundred words, focusing on the effects that meth (and really drugs in general) have on innocent children.

So that should give you plenty to read for a while. I have not heard about any further book offers from my agent. I suspect I may hear from him within the month. As soon as I have news, I’ll pass it on to you!