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still short

June 12th, 2011 · No Comments

This week I’m posting another of the very short pieces I wrote sans capitalization in the mid-90s, “the german for it, the french.”  It was first published in Quarter After Eight in early 1997.  As with everything I write, it is a true story.  That’s why I write fiction. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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the short of it

June 4th, 2011 · 6 Comments

There was a time when I was writing everything in lower case.  Abandoning caps changed the way the words flowed together in a piece.  Every once in a while I still write a lower-case piece, but it’s mostly something I did in the mid-90s. Another thing I did in the mid-90s and still sometimes do […]

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A kind of desert

May 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“Mourning: a cruel country where I am no longer afraid.” — Roland Barthes, 1977. The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University publishes an annual litmag called The Healing Muse.  In their most recent issue (#10) they included my short piece, “The Take-Out,” which is the story I’m posting this week. Share […]

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Now for something completely different

May 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

The story I’m posting this week, “The Congenital Fiance”, first appeared in Caketrain a couple of years ago.  I wrote it some years back, not long before the Umpteenth World War started.  The world wasn’t any younger or more innocent or necessarily safer or nicer in those days, but part of the world that ended […]

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It’s a job (or it was)

May 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

For two years I worked as a criminal defense paralegal.  As with everything I’ve done since I was twelve or thirteen years old, I did the job with one eye on how I could milk it for stories to write.  Some might call that “bearing witness,” which would be a very nice thing to call […]

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I am not an attorney

May 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Twenty years ago I began working in legal support, first as a data entry clerk and soon after that as a paralegal.  The story I’m posting this week, “Legal Advice”, is written from my experiences in the trade.  It was first published a half-dozen years ago in Ontario Review. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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War

April 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Words don’t often fail me.  More often, I fail them.  This week, I’m posting to this site a work of poetry I wrote six years ago, called The Book of Lamentations.  I had previously published it to my Yahoo website in 2006, where I took it down after a week or two, and to my […]

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Learning to draw

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

The Weekly Alibi is an alternative paper in Albuquerque, going on twenty years old.  I don’t often read it these days, as I am getting older and and am feeling the pressing need to slough off the unnecessary.  But back in the 1990s and on up until the middle of the last decade, hardly a […]

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Fan mail

April 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

There was a different story I was going to post this week, but I got a piece of fan mail drawing my attention to “The Year Our Children Left”, so I’m posting that story instead.  It was published last year in Neon, a sharp online litmag out of the UK. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Holiday resorting

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

This morning I posted another of my published stories, “Tahoe”, to this site.  “Tahoe” is a story that was a bit of a mess when I first wrote it, about ten or fifteen years ago.  I sent it around a bit and it got rejected a bit, until Christopher Chambers, the editor at New Orleans […]

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The Crane Game

March 19th, 2011 · No Comments

I posted another story this morning.  This one is “Sandhills”, which was published in New York Tyrant, Volume 1, Number 1, in 2006.  It’s a story I first sketched out in 1993, as part of another, longer work.  It didn’t really fit in, though, so I cut it and in the next year or so […]

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Tree Falls in Forest

March 12th, 2011 · No Comments

I added a “Stories” menu to the left sidebar of this site’s present thematic apparition, and placed within said new menu a copy of a long story I call “The Antichrist.”  It’s a tl;dr piece I first drafted long ago, though it wasn’t hammered into its final shape until about three or four years ago.  […]

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The Ideal Reader

March 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Leonard Cohen has inspired me to set out in search of that elusive and ideal reader, the one who is otherwise unemployed and bored enough to read my work from the alpha through to the omega. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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