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It was a dark and stormy night…

It was a dark and stormy night. I sat in the den, in an overstuffed recliner, another bourbon in hand.   It’d been a week since Eleanor died, suddenly. She said she didn’t feel well and went upstairs to rest. … Continue reading

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The One About Kitty

Kitty woke up alone and washed down the day’s first Prozac with a supple ’59 Bordeaux. She carried the bottle with her out to the veranda, where she sat for hours and stared out into the garden. At about noon, … Continue reading

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What Does Your Character Like on His Pizza?

This afternoon, a member of my writing group (ok, not my group, by I do belong to it) posted a question for the other members: What would your main character order on his/her pizza? My first thought was ‘what a … Continue reading

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Halftime (flash fiction)

“Well, that was horrible,” said Maggie McClure, the quarterback’s mother, as she watched the crowd make its way to the snack bar. “They couldn’t even come close to scoring.” “I don’t know why you’d think they would. They haven’t scored … Continue reading

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Bob (Work in Progress)

Bob wiped the remaining shaving cream from his face and leaned in towards the mirror. He studied his cheeks, which remained their youthful chubbiness well into adulthood. His greying hair was thinning. Eyes which had once drawn compliments for their … Continue reading

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Microfiction

A bow festively pinned to his shirt, Chester lay under the tree and put a gun to his head. Merry Christmas, baby.

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We’ll Always Have Jersey (flash fiction)

The teenage boy who was stacking books stopped to watch the old man in the travel section. It was normal for customers to pull books from the shelves and read the jackets or check the cost, but not this man. … Continue reading

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Somewhere in the Desert, on the Way to Needles (flash fiction)

I rest my cheek against the cold Greyhound window and stare into the Mojave night. Cacti and yuccas roll past, crisply outlined in the starlight. The bus rumbles steadily east, and vibrations make their way up from the road through … Continue reading

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Finished! (Ok, maybe not)

It took two weeks – an hour here, a few minutes there, a heroic amount of self-control and restraint, but I finally completed an entire story. My first full story in 40 years. Wow, does it suck. In housing terms, … Continue reading

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A Short Fiction

I was on my third coffee, and was not eating. The waitress was getting impatient; I was taking up her booth and time, and there was no decent tip in sight. “Can I get some more sugar? This container’s about … Continue reading

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