Stepping Out of Stream

In 2007, this article made the rounds: Pearls Before Breakfast. It went viral. It was forwarded to me dozens of times. It was supposed to be inspiring. It pissed me off. There’s a certain privileged tone to it, see. It implied that people were so stupid not to recognize greatness before them.  As though all […]

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Cross the Street

It started with an observation, as I was driving one day through an inner city neighborhood. A jaywalker casually made his way in front of my car and I said, “Wow. That guy isn’t afraid of anything.” “I think there’s a cultural thing,” my passenger said. “I mean, I notice, they jaywalk more in the […]

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Write like a bricklayer

I used to think that writing would be like being an acrobat… performing breathless feats, leaving my audience stunned on the ground.  Sure, there would be practice, grueling hours of it (didn’t we have “writing exercises”  in school?) but that wouldn’t be the real work. I would practice and practice and then, when the time […]

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Wherein A Kitten Loves a Chatbot

My dear friend Mary Turzillo prompted me in the last write-a-thon for  “A cat falls in love with a chat bot.” This story, Kitten Lorelei ❤ CherryBerry24, was the result.  Not since Zombie Hitler have I written something so marvelously silly.  Drawing loosely on my early days as an online chat addict and not-so-loosely on that […]

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Butterflies on Barbed Wire

It was the last week of Clarion.  My sixth story was critiqued on Monday, and I was startled, like coming out of a long sleep, to find I did not need to scramble to write another story by NEXT Monday. Naturally, I started writing a new story.  It started as a stream-of-consciousness ramble in my […]

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Zombie Hitler

It is with pride that I can honor a great American, a great Ohioan, on this Memorial Day. My short story, “Zombie Hitler Vs. Neil Armstrong” has been purchased by British publication Ponokitsch. Yes, the story is pretty much exactly what the title would suggest.  No, Pornokitsch is a family-friendly magazine; it just has an […]

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Butterflies on Barbed Wire

My short story, “Butterflies on Barbed Wire,” has been accepted by Analog for an upcoming issue! I wrote the story the last week of Clarion, after I’d had my week six story critiqued. It felt strange to suddenly not be frantically writing a story for next week, so I went ahead and did one.  The […]

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