Vol. 9 in the Personal Story Publishing Project collection Sooner or Later offers 50 writers sharing insightful, heartfelt, thought-provoking, and humorous stories about how the matters of time and timing have affected their lives or been essential elements of one episode or another. Being too early or too late, having all the time in the world, or not nearly enough make all the difference in our life experiences. Among these stories are tales that challenge the matter of inevitability, which inevitably comes up when we bring these two words close enough to interact—sooner or later.
Through 50 short stories, you share in the personal experiences of writers—both new voices and seasoned storytellers. They skillfully share and reflect on life episodes, offering lessons learned, cautions for consideration, and encouragements for the journeys of others. Through these stories we glean a glimpse into the experiences of these writers. We consider how time comes into play in their lives and in ours—right time/wrong time, too much time, too little. Inevitably we discover life is all about time and timing, sooner or later.
Randell Jones is a writer, speaker, publisher, and podcaster in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He created the Personal Story Publishing Project in 2018 and the companion podcast, “6-minute Stories” in 2019 to encourage other writers. He is an award-winning writer about the pioneer and Revolutionary War eras and North Carolina history. For 13 years, he served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council, speaking to audiences around the state and the South. In 2013, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution conferred upon him its national History Award Medal. During 25 years, he has written 150+ history-based guest columns for the editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal.
Once again, the PSPP surpasses all expectations. My copies arrived yesterday. I read every story last night, stayed up way too late reading several again and again. But what most moves me about the book is the rhythm of story placement. The placement of stories is a story in itself. From one story to the next, the reader is led on a gospel sing of praise for being alive, praise for the trouble that makes us human.Mary Alice Dixon
After your podcast reading of my story, I had six people request copies. You are a storyteller! God bless your whole team of dedicated cheerleaders!Phyliss Adcock
The opportunity you give so many of us to share stories is immeasurable. That they bring perspective, wisdom, and laughter in formulae unique to each reader and writer cannot be over-stated. With great appreciation.Bill Donohue