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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There was a Knock at the Door


  This month my writer’s group chose “there was a knock at the door” for our writing prompt. For some reason, my mind went to a foggy night. Enjoy! The mist rose, slowly advancing, blotting…

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Between the Leaves and the Snowflakes


This month my writer’s group came up with the prompt “between the falling leaves and the first snowflakes.” Here is where my imagination took that: It happened in a blink of an eye, like the…

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The Secrets of the Mud Room


Not a true story. As long as I could remember, my great-aunt Sharon never used her back door, the one that led from her kitchen to the back yard. Summers, she’d fill that back yard…

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Mischief Part 1


When challenged to write a story on the theme of “mischief,” I didn’t have to think too hard. Here’s part 1.               Jeff dumped Karen, or so they told…

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And Then the Rains Came


Community matters. This is a lesson I’m learning more and more. My writing group is a great example. Each month we write to a prompt. While some of our efforts are *ahem* unpolished, to be…

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Standing in Line


A Piece of Short Fiction Standing in line, while not exactly the national sport, is an activity all Russians participate in. There is just no getting out of it, not in Russia of the 1990s,…

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And Then it Broke


A little short fiction for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! And Then it Broke He was doing it all wrong, I could tell from the grunts and groans coming from the basement. My brother Ben was…

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