Month: May 2014

May Reflections — Part Three

So here we are at the end of another month— a busy one at that. I turned 42 and supposedly have the answer. I’m here to tell you…

Torture

Reflected in the steel above, I watch the red line widen as he traces the scalpel from my navel to between my breasts. I tense as the sting…

Smoke

Peter wanted a smoke. It wasn’t so much a physical need as an emotional imperative. After all, he was three years old. Fucking gypsies. He woke up staring…

Romance Versus Erotica

Oh, this is going to be fun! A couple of months ago I wrote ‘The (Not So) Definitive Guide to Romance Novels’ for Reader’s Carnival . It got…

The Toy

pretty little thing, won’t you spin and dance and sing? mend your broken spring. Photo by Alex of Gothenburg

Caught

I waited impatiently for my computer to shut down. It’d been a long day of meetings and Brenda called several times. I reached down to press the power.…

Wendell’s Solution

‘How the Hell did he get up there?’ thought Tony as he looked up the rampart wall of the prison’s exercise yard. Wendell held what could only be…

Sierra Enigma

It’s never been easy working in the same place where Mom died. The university’s sprawling campus occupied most of the peninsula, and the hospital sat at its edge.…

May Reflections — Part Two

In Part One of my May Reflection series, I played philosopher around positivity, intention and the Golden Rule. Really, paying yourself by ‘paying-it-forward’. Yada-yada. Today, I want to…

The Last Days of the Marcy Bell

Officially, the Marcy Bell was a salvage rig, licensed for Canadian and international waters but not American. Since 9/11, it was only through a sea of red tape…

Good Boy, Jake

Rod in hand, I went to the lake, To fish for trout with my dog Jake. I cast my line, it went plop-plop. We waited for nature’s wat’ry…

Does TV Rot the Writer’s Brain?

Hello, fellow quill-bearers! For your mind-bending pleasure, here is another open-ended dilly of a question: We’re often told that to be great writers, we must read voraciously. Does…