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message 1: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Friedman | 9 comments "Say Not What If" is a nearly 10,000 word story written as a long rhyming poem. I have never seen a story written in this format. It has characters and dialogue just like a regular story, and is extremely easy to read and understand, regardless of whether you have a GED or a PHD. You can read it in about an hour, so it doesn't require a lot of time.

“Say Not What If” is about a man on death row, and has as its theme the concept that time is our most valuable commodity. As someone once said, “waste anything but time, because we really are promised no tomorrows.” This theme is explored through the life of a man who sacrifices his marriage and everything else for his career. He realizes much too late the terrible consequences of this decision, and then desperately tries to regain those lost years by making a much worse choice. The resolution of this latter choice involves an additional examination of the concepts of accountability and responsibility, redemption, and the morality of the death penalty.

The story has an average rating of about 4/5 stars on Goodreads. See It was self-published by CreateSpace.

It is available for purchase from major booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and also as an ebook for Kindle. You can read the first few pages on my website,

message 2: by Colby (new)

Colby (colbz) I bought it for my Kindle. I have entered your giveaways but never won, so I figured I could go ahead and treat myself to something. I love verse, so I should enjoy this, even though it sounds a little different. Can't wait to read it!

message 3: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Friedman | 9 comments I hope you like it. I was continually amazed by how many hundreds of people entered the giveaways, especially since they generally ran for about two weeks.

message 4: by Colby (new)

Colby (colbz) I read it last night in one setting. I really enjoyed it, and I gave it 4*. I plan on writing a review of it soon, which I'll post on GR, Amazon, and my blog. Overall, great story!

message 5: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Friedman | 9 comments Hello Colby,

I'm glad you liked it. I look forward to reading your review. Thanks also for promoting it on your blog.

I was interested in writing a story about the importance of time after spending more than a decade caring for my parents. Between commuting to work, work, and adult caregiving responsibilities, I had a lot of weekdays that started at about 5 AM and didn't end until 8 or 9 PM. I sometimes wonder how other people with even more demands cope.

Thanks again. Best wishes.


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