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How Kurt Vonnegut Taught Me to Create PowerPoint Decks

May 17, 2018

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Featured image graciously provided by the artist Maya Eilam at mayaeilam.com  Narrative in Technical Writing 3 Story Crafting 8 Recently, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for work, and despite creating if from an agreed upon outline, the customer wanted a total rewrite. That’s okay, the deck was about the Agile philosophy, one tenet […]

She Loves Me, She Cleaned My Truck

May 7, 2018

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All photos by Mike Sepelak, Mike’s Gone Fishing I opened the door to my ‘76 Ram Charger and nothing fell out. Absolutely nothing. That should’ve been my first clue, but I was busy shucking my gear in for the day and thinking about other things until I got in and saw the card carefully stood […]

Calculated Risk

March 25, 2018

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It may seem like I’m not writing much, but the opposite is true. It’s just that I’ve been submitting them to publications which only consider “unpublished” works, and that includes vanity blogs such as this. I have four stories out right now. Nevertheless, I’ve held this up for too long as I have been searching […]

Blood Dust

September 14, 2017

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This one is for Steve Duda who fell down laughing when I said I was a romance author. Well, take this for love, Duda. Duke levered himself out of the muck in the street. He hurt. All over, he hurt. And, he had a powerful thirst. He looked up; dead ahead in neon and nicotine […]

Burning Down the Night

August 4, 2017

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Here is a mashup of two poems. You can read it with just the out-jogged paragraphs, or just the in-jogged, or in order, you tell me. Burning Down the Night Spent all my days Hiding from the sun People in dark hideaways And my, how they run The dark is a tiger Striped orange down […]

Falling Awake

July 26, 2017

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Another silly romance. I wrote this in hypnagogia, the state between sleep and wakefulness, Sunday morning. Come to think of it, I’ve probably written over one third of all my stuff on Sunday mornings in this state. I should get more sleep! At any rate, it was probably inspired by Bradbury’s Bright Phoenix, which I […]

Gunpowder Worm

June 26, 2017

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Preface A few years ago, I realized all the stories in You Didn’t Know Me Then, were a collection of loosely connected vignettes that could all take place in the same universe à la Martian Chronicles or Dandelion Wine. In this near-future world, a comet carrying a silicon-destroying virus shatters in the earth’s atmosphere, distributing […]