The Significance of Snapdragons


  I took a chance and entered a fantasy story in The Write Practice’s spring contest. You can read The Significance of Snapdragons over at Short Fiction Break, where all the contest stories were published….

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Death of an Alien


  A short sci-fi story for your reading pleasure. The windshield wipers barely kept up with the downpour. Natalie leaned over the steering wheel to peer into the darkness. She strained to see the faint…

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The Sacrifice

Businesswoman against backdrop of gears

What would you do if you were asked to fire someone unjustly? This piece of flash fiction explores that question.  Rachel stared at the phone in her hand, then let it drop into her lap….

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The Search for a Resentment-Free Gift

Wrapped gifts

  Choosing Christmas gifts for most people on my list is a joy. From time to time, though, I confess to a little resentment. Not at all the right spirit, I’m afraid. So for all…

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The Alarm Jarred Me Awake

Line of Alarm Clocks

Ever feel like you’re behind and can never catch up? Here’s a short story you may relate to. I let out a sigh when I see the flashing lights in my rear-view mirror. Seriously? I…

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Falling Down to the Stars


In the spirit of not passing up an adventure, I entered The Write Practice’s Fall Writing Contest. Even though writing short stories is tough for me. Maybe my mind is just too complicated (or I…

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In the Valley

Short Fiction In the Valley

Just a short piece of fiction for your reading pleasure… Eric rolled down his window to spit his gum out and nearly ran over a rattlesnake. He swerved to miss the slithering reptile, clenching the…

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The Secrets of the Mud Room Part 2


This week I’ve got the conclusion of The Secrets of the Mud Room. Enjoy! The neighbor kids had their own ideas. When we were small, their thoughts centered on toys. One thought she kept all…

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The Secrets of the Mud Room Part 1


This week I’m sharing with you the first installment of a short story I wrote for my writer’s group. They got a chuckle out of it. Hope you do, too! The Secrets of the Mud…

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About Face


  Here’s a short piece I wrote in response to the prompt “About face.” I’m beginning to think this could be the start of a novel. What do you think? About Face Jenny never could…

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