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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 […]

Old-Fashioned Lime-Vanilla Ice

June 21, 2017

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Ray Bradbury was a master of mind-benders or occasionally heart-rippers. He banged out 3000-word gems that were much more impactful than many people’s full novels. One such heart-ripper, The Swan, was wound into the fabric of Dandelion Wine. No story has ever so begged for a sequel. I’m sure there are thousands in drawers and […]

6th Anniversary Blog

May 18, 2017

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Nothing Focuses the Mind like a Hanging — Errrr, Anniversary Today is the 6th Anniversary of this blog, a time when I usually sum up my creative efforts for the year. And which explains the annual rush of May postings. I originally started the blog because I was, how do they say – between opportunities […]

The Forest God

May 15, 2017

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The Forest God Here is a quick little story two-and-a-half years in the making which would probably still be being pondered over if I hadn’t set the artificial deadline of my blog anniversary (5/18) to “publish” it. Confession of Solomon Pentacost This day, October 31, 1665, Solomon Pentacost My name is Solomon Pentacost. As I […]

Pigs of Minot

January 7, 2017

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A few nights ago I had a fever and I had one of those dreams that goes all night, no matter how many times I wake up, every time I go back to sleep, it continues. This allows me to think about and shape the dream, and it’s actually a large part of my writing […]

Destroying Angel Part 2 of 4

December 6, 2016

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Destroying Angel Part 1 2 Whereas Wulff’s house was on the river side of the road, the lodge sat on a long drive up the hill away from the river. As we drove up, we swung around the back of the house to the kitchen entrance. Light was coming from the windows which spanned the […]

Destroying Angel – Part 1 of 4

December 4, 2016

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So, I didn’t win the Black Orchid Society Nero Wolfe competition, and now I can publish the story here. I want to thank everybody who helped: Jason, Kelly, Elisabetta, Beth, the Wilsons, Judy, Ellen, Mark, other Mark,  Laura, Ethan, other people I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment.  Please forgive me if I have left […]