for a quick-bite post. Looked up all the places I usually go for a bit of a gnaw of meaty inspiration. Fandango has FOWC (but I hate the word ravish -- do people understand the full implications of that word and it's associations? It's one of those words with two meanings at polar opposites:To ravish … Continue reading Looking, Looking, Looking
This story is for #FOWC & #FFF, and the picture that set it off: "This is what she looks like," Issa said. "Like an anime street urchin?" The boy with the hanks of twisted hair touched the wall. "Like a goddess of dirt?" "Exactly," Issa stepped up beside the boy. "She's my little sister, but … Continue reading On the Street
(for Fandango's FOWC Lucky). Lucky Be, Lucky Rain pattered on the glass. Lucky held his ear to the pane and smiled. “What does it have to say?” Rona asked as she tidied the kitchen. “It says it’s going to rain today, that the plants will be watered, that the river will flow, that the dust … Continue reading Lucky Be, Lucky
Or Autumn in the north (or Fall?). The days and nights are equal, the light even with the dark, the seasons calmer, cooler, preparing for the long haul. For us, the heat will be over the next hill, and it's not a very high lump. We'll be hot for much longer than we were cool … Continue reading Equinox, Spring
The following story (abt 1700 words) was originally published in the Stories of Hope Anthology early this year. It's about hope that comes after the fires. And now I share it with you, and through story, send hope to all those who are suffering the fires in California, San Fran, and everywhere else, that it … Continue reading A Little Bit of Hope
No, don't take the following story too seriously. It's not meant to be serious. It's a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants story. It's only a story. Again, With Bite Sit still, you old bugger. I’ll strap you in proper and we’ll head off to the quacks. No, it’ll be quiet. Everyone’s at home. There’s a new illness. Don’t squawk, … Continue reading Seriously?
The card contained messages from her workmates. The usual guff. Except for one line. To see the self clearly, look into running water, a flowing river, not a still pool or a stormy sea. It wasn’t signed, and it created a shock in her feet. Bini had no idea there might be at least one … Continue reading Weird Things
There's a lecture series that goes up on YouTube (2020 Creative Writing Lectures BYU) and the most recent one was about short story writing. Now, anyone who knows me also knows I can't give a simple instruction without going over the limit. Truly. So I watched it (twice) and did the exercise. First, this is … Continue reading How To: Short Story
http://www.books2read.com/storiesofhope It's an eBook only (a lot of stories in there, lots of people wanting to help), and all proceeds from the anthology will be distributed to the WWF Bushfire Relief Fund and Red Cross. Now available for pre-order -- I'm ordering mine now, and I hope you have a look when it comes out, … Continue reading Stories of Hope – It’s Here!
The old homestead needed more than a touch of TLC. It needed to be demolished and the ground razed and the black stumps chopped up and buried. Summer. Sandy hated summer. The heat, the flies, the extra feed for the animals. More water sucked from the stinky bore. She couldn't drink that water, she couldn't … Continue reading Summer is Coming …