Jeff Manning

Jeff Manning: Coder Turned Writer

  • A Subtle Glance

    A Subtle Glance

    TW: Sexually Assult A younger man than myself may not have given it a second thought, but she had clearly meant to be looking at me, and that look clearly suggested more than just a passing thought. On any other day, I might not have given her the time of day. She was, after all…

  • The Power of Short Stories

    The Power of Short Stories

    Like many aspiring authors, when I think of writing, I usually think about writing a novel and while this is certainly one type of written work, it’s certainly not the only one. One of the most underappreciated forms of writing is the short story.

  • Write What Compels You

    Write What Compels You

    Once upon a time, there was an aspiring author that had a great idea for a novel. They wrote a storyboard, started working on character sketches, and slowly, the story started taking shape. Then one day, they told one of their friends they were in the early stages of writing a book. Their friend was…

  • Want to keep your house clean? Write A Novel!

    Want to keep your house clean? Write A Novel!

    I recently embarked on a rather formidable journey, writing a novel. Having never written anything approaching a novel before, I did what most aspiring authors did, stretched my fingers, opened up Word, and started hammering away at the keyboard. Now, this went alright at first. I put down about 2 pages of writing before I…

  • The Canadian Poem – Limerick Day

    The Canadian Poem – Limerick Day

    The Snow has come and with it coldA wish for spring, if I’d be so bold The rays of sun your finally hereBut in this heat I’ll melt I do fear This weather’s crazy, what have I been sold

  • An unfamiliar Feeling

    An unfamiliar Feeling

    Ever feel in lifethat every move you makemakes you think everything will breakleaving you alone, holding the pieces Everything is falling in place.I wouldn’t change it for the worldEvery day a smile on my faceI never knew how my emotions could whirl I wake every morning so gratefulFor everything I have, I am all so…

  • The Power of a Smile

    The Power of a Smile

    It’s always there, that pesky shadow, telling you you’re worthless. Telling you that you don’t matter. It’s there when you wake up and the last thing you see before you go to bed. This shadow, who you once barely noticed, has grown so large it consumes everything you see. Its hard cold hands that reach…

  • Stage Fright

    Stage Fright

    The moment comes nearer, your stomach is churning, you are ready to puke, and your mind races for excuses you can’t do it. You can’t remember the last time you’ve been this scared. Why did you agree to this?? You hear your name, and you step out on the stage while you can’t see through…

  • The Evening

    The Evening

    When the night is fullAnd the evening is silentSave the whisper of the windAs it slithers through the leaves I close my eyes and breathe deepAn involuntary smile crosses my lipsAs a sweet aroma fills my sensesA familiar scent of the one I most cherish For in this moment, I know my life is completeAnd…

  • Procrastinating


    There is no drug quite like it.It both heightens the senses and brings on urgencyIt starts out warm and lulls you into a false sense of securityBefore unleashing a wave of terror like none other. This drug leaves no long-lasting effects beyond being tiredBut it is more addictive than heroin or crack.For once, you’ve felt…

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