August 29, 2016

Flash Fiction #1

These all had word/character limits. This was hard. Enjoy!

Religious Transformation or Lack Thereof
A test of faith, they said. Burnt coals led to singed soles.

Alcoholism as a Family Tradition
I have rum to thank for my life. It is what brought me into this world. It kept me clinging to the world it forced me into. I have rum to blame for my existence. "Just one more" became my life's philosophy. I have rum to praise for my death.

Foreigners. Tourists. Boy did they look it, standing in Tokyo photographing pedestrians.

Muggy. The air outside could only be described as muggy. Mist hung heavy in the air over our heads. We were silent. The shovel, the dirt, did all the talking.
Delilah was happy earlier that day, when the sun was high in the sky and a pocket full of cash. She was lucky earlier that day.
There was only one shovel. I paced back and forth, feet sinking into the mud -- almost too deep for me to pull out again. Bill wiped sweat from his brow. It was my turn to help.
Now I know where 'dead weight' comes from.

A Gift from a Pet
A white streak passes through my peripherals. I'll have a pigeon tonight.

August 28, 2016

Words of the Week #3


James was a lonely sort. He spent his days indoors doing who knows what; neighborhood kids swore he summoned demons, but few others allowed their minds such fanciful outings from reality. On the rare occasions he was seen it was under the cover of night. He never seemed to be 'all there', either, and since he never responded when called to outside of his home neighbors stopped trying to make contact altogether.

His noctambulous behaviors only came under scrutiny after the disappearances began. They ultimately led to his arrest, when the sleepwalker led them directly to his burial site. About time, said a neighbor, he was a real weirdo.

Too bad the police never listened to the kids. Why would they, though? James' town's finest had no way of knowing he was the only one keeping the monster at bay.


I must admit I admire the word esoteric because it so accurately describes itself.


The bumbling duffer of a man was so nervous, I bought one of his cheap duffers out of pity.


It would be my pleasure to become published one day, so that my book's prolegomenon could be written my someone more clever than I.

Waking up with a migraine for the third day in a row only worsened my abulia. Any activity or thought process beyond my bed seemed out of my reach.

I couldn't help it; I had to buy the animal. Its soft, piebald fur sealed the deal. I'm still not sure what the thing is.

I looked down at my dish and saw the restaurant's clientele mirrored in it; a true olio of people stood before me, in shapes and sizes as varied as the untouched food on my plate.

The gross, saurian... thing -- she didn't know what to call it, a lizard but not -- slithered nearer to her still. She gulped in air, hoping it would lose interest in her. Alas, once it rested its beady eyes on its prey, it had already decided Alice was on the menu.

August 27, 2016

Words of the Week #2


She opened the laptop slowly. This was her new life. A new job. It was her dream job. Except, no one told her during the interview she'd be using a new computer. Her technophobia had only worsened as time went on. Computers would take over. Human kind would be enslaved. By using this computer, she was only implicating herself further. She knew that if she participated in this activity, her very life was on the line. She shut the lid and put the now-paperweight in the corner of the room she used to stack unpacked boxes. Time to get a different job.


Contradistinction, in contradistinction to other words, jumps off the page and prevents your eyes from moving past what could have been a more adequate word.


The couple dined on a sumptuous meal. Funny. The man filed bankruptcy three days before.


The often laconic nature of my word of the day drabbles is part of their appeal to me. 


While it may be antiquated, I prefer to tell people "I want to watch my stories" instead of "I want to watch TV".


She tried to do a preprandial blessing but, like always, was cut off by her family already chomping into their meal.


I had no idea my name had another meaning!