The Short Side of Time

It’s really an amazing feeling to have your book published – to be able to touch and feel the paper and love a cover that a creative artist designed to capture the spirit of the book or to spark someone else’s imagination.  My latest book (# 4 in case anyone is counting!) is here, and I’d like to share the Preface with you on this New Year’s Eve as my way of saying thank you to all of my friends and followers in cyberspace.


I can actually thank Oprah for this book.  I rarely buy a book because my partner Teresa buys enough books for an army of readers.  Seriously, we could invite a battalion of readers to live with us for a year, and they could never finish the books we have on the bookshelves and book cases, table tops, floors and any other available surface in our medium-sized home that is not occupied by us or our three dogs.  Recently she and I went to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, however, and I bought Oprah Winfrey’s book: What I know for Sure.  It is a collection of her most popular essays and is the inspiration for my collection of the best of my I’ll Call It blogs from the past three years.  “Best” is purely subjective because no one else had a vote.

Blogging is a way of life for me, and I love my cyberspace friends from the four corners of the earth and points in between.  I love what they write if they blog, and I am happy when they become my followers and read my posts on the three blogs I maintain on a regular basis.  Blogging is publishing on the quick and cheap, and almost everyone has one these days. I say hooray and go for it.  Creativity should be shared, and I much prefer people who are more passionate about words than they are guns. 

As I tried to organize my blogs from the last three years, I laughed at how many titles were country music classics.   One of my favorites is John Conlee’s Backside of Thirty, Short Side of Time.  I have now reached the backside of sixty-nine and what I know for sure, Oprah, is I am on the short side of time.

I hope you’ll order a copy!

Teresa and I wish you a Happy New Year wherever you may be – be safe – we want to see you right here again with us in 2016!!

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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12 Responses to The Short Side of Time

  1. I am so looking forward to reading your new book. You paint a story with lively, colorful words in a compotitions directed straight at the heart. May this be the book to bring you Oprah sized attention.

    To unimaginable success in 2016!

    Much love,



    • Ann, from your lips to God’s ears – maybe not quite Oprah-sized attention but at least sell copies to the people who will love to read them!!:)
      Your words will be my New Year’s Resolution – to always speak the truth as I believe it and paint stories as beautiful as you draw them!
      Much love to you and yours,


  2. Terry says:

    I am so happy for you. Where can it be purchased?


  3. boblamb says:

    Way to go, girl!


  4. Thrilled for you, congrats!


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