The Ten-Minute Storyteller

The Ten-Minute Storyteller

Want to hear some entertaining stories but don't have a lot of time? Here's your ticket to ride. The Ten-Minute Storyteller arrives packed with humor, pathos, humanity, and originality… in ten minutes or less. All stories written and narrated by Bill Simpson, an acclaimed novelist who has, after many years in the kitchen, perfected the short short story.

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June 13, 2024 12 mins

Stud Macintyre loves the ladies. So when an exceptionally beautiful young lady shows up on a Harley for the Sunday morning canyon ride, Stud is all a-lather. He right away hits on the gorgeous girl on the Harley Sportster 883. She succumbs immediately to his masculine charms. They go to dinner.Then back to her place. She is Stud's fantasy come true.Only one minor hiccup...

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Winky is a young, dedicated high school English teacher. She’s also broke. Well, almost. Hanging on by a thread. A dollar ain’t what it used to be.

Fortunately, a girl has options.

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May 30, 2024 15 mins

MUSIC BY THE SEA is a timeless tale of empowerment, of emancipation, of never giving up the ship.

Widowed, she has come alone to the sea from the flatlands of Illinois. She has come with hope and expectation.

But soon, like the story of her life, hope and expectation dissolve into quiet bitterness. She decides it might be best to simply wade into the waves and let the vast ocean carry her, and her precious cello, away. 

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May 23, 2024 11 mins

AFTER THE WEDDING is a tough tale too often told.

Too much booze at his bud’s wedding. Too much grass. Too many pills. And now this crazy chick who jumped in his car when the cops whirled in and chased everyone off.

She’s blitzed. Practically comatose. Must’ve consumed too much of something. Entirely incoherent.

It’s not just the illegal drugs; it’s the prescription meds here in these United States of Drug & Alcohol Abuse.

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May 16, 2024 11 mins

THE PASS CATCHER is a cautionary tale for all of us who love the game.

A knee injury sidelined the pass catcher before the start of his third NFL season. But the damage had already been done. Four years of high school ball. Four years of college ball. Two years of pro ball.

Ten years of whacks to the head. Too many concussions to count. This is the once legendary pass catcher’s life today. 

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May 9, 2024 14 mins

COLLEGE BOY could easily be subtitled Life on Easy Street or Made in the Shade.

Ed’s young, spoiled, apathetic, takes a whole lot for granted. He doesn’t like to push himself, physically or mentally. He just wants to… slide and glide.

Ed’s a Zoomer.

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May 2, 2024 13 mins

Like many of the stories in this series, THE WINDOW WASHER AND HIS PUP rolls right out of real life. Real events.

Many of us take our great good fortune for granted. A roof over our heads, three squares a day, good health, families that love us. But for many, life’s not so sweet. Take John Adams for instance. Not a whole lot of joy or good luck in his life.

But hey, maybe his luck is about to change.

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April 25, 2024 10 mins

THE HAIRCUT, a simple tale on the surface, in fact teems with tension, highly charged emotions, and fear of the unknown.

THE HAIRCUT is a timeless tale of fathers and sons, domestic strife, loss of innocence, and the long haul to manhood.

 

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April 18, 2024 11 mins

This is a story of loss and survival. It’s an anti-war story, a story about not judging a book, or in this case a person, by its cover, or in this case his physical appearance. It’s kind of an amusing tale that’s so damn sad, you might just want to cry.

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April 11, 2024 58 secs

Want to hear some entertaining stories but don't have a lot of time? The stories in this podcast are short and tough or short and sweet. Bill Simpson has been writing fiction for a long time and has perfected the short short story. Subject matter varies considerably. The Ten-Minute Storyteller is packed with humor, pathos, vulnerability, humanity, and originality. Read by the author without editing, polishing, or any high tech gadg...

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