Ted changed the smoke detector batteries the night Daylight Saving Time took effect. He was chucking the used batteries in the drawer they used to collect e-waste for recycling when he noticed the old flip phone. He decided to charge it so his son could play with it. As with all things electronic, it drew … Continue reading Flip Phone
Imelda did not want to get up. Three of her rock-people friends were going into town. They were always so busy, so willing to lug their great mass through space. Roland was the biggest and most active, and his boulder chest and head were smooth from knocking against walls and rolling down hills. He liked … Continue reading Sticks and stones
When he was a sapling, Gerald was still tolerable. He was blessed with a sunny spot in the forest, with good irrigation and no older trees to crowd him. Ernie sprouted about the same time, and they communicated as nature does, in the calm between breezes and in the wave of simultaneous shivers the … Continue reading Standing by without notice
Nancy spoke barely any English. Paul was fine with that; he wasn’t much of a talker. He showed her proudly around the two storey farmhouse his great-grandfather had built on the prairie. Most of the livestock was gone. He’d given over the land to soybean production, paying for the heavy machinery with his cyber security … Continue reading Mail order Nancy
Jordan was standing in the courtyard gazing steadily up at the tower, sword in hand. “Your brother is out there again,” Sandrine said. “He’s angry.” Julia said as she joined her at the window. He couldn't see them here, could he? Shouldn't the reflection on the windows cover them? She stayed to the side, just … Continue reading In Service
Very excited to have been asked to contribute a guest post on Paul Green (aka Mindfump)'s awesome blog. Paul is really funny and candid about his experiences and life's challenges, and it was a big honor to be asked. So go check it out! And give him a follow while you're there, you will not … Continue reading Guest Post: Do Podcasters Sleep? — Mindfump.
Ben was torn. He wanted his parents and his younger brother to leave this cramped room so he could settle into his half of the dorm before his new roommate returned. He was excited to check out the campus with some of the other kids he’d seen talking to each other behind half-opened doors as … Continue reading Dorm room
The onslaught of direct sunlight and its reflection bouncing off the waves and jewelry made Lauren’s hangover doubly painful. She closed her eyes and lay back in the water, lazily flipping her tail to keep herself afloat.
“You have a lovely home, Dr. Michaels,” Karen said as she stepped into the hallway. “Please call me Judith. Dr. Michaels is for the office. By the way, how is it going with the smoking, any more cravings?” Karen assured her she felt completely over the habit, as Judith ushered her into the sunken living … Continue reading You Will Like My Son
My first published story!!! Longshot Island published "A Hankering for Lettuce" this week. I learned about this publication from Cathleen Townsend's post Longshot Island helps emerging authors. She's done a good job of describing what they do. For me, they helped polish the story, and I got to work with a really clever editor/writer Sam Claussen, … Continue reading A Hankering for Lettuce