Month: December 2014

How Do You Create Your Characters?

Over the holidays, I was asked about the many characters in my stories and how I come up with them. I wasn’t able to provide a very good…

Barbecue

Okay, Nicholas. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? When did you begin to have these dark thoughts? Uh-huh, I see. Since last Christmas? Really, that far back?…

Backroom Elves

“Blinky, put that wrench down and get over here. I need a hand.” “What’s up, Stinky? Can’t reach the top shelf?” “It’s not my fault I’m short.” “You’re…

Gramp’s Grace

I’m not a religious man, but sitting at head of the table where my grandfather would have normally sit, I looked around to my rarely-assembled family, all eagerly…

Ron’s Gift

The wrapped object under the tree was addressed to me, long and slender with a lumpy soft bit of business on the top. My brother-in-law looked on as…

Whoops

Special ornament If only I had duct tape She would never know Photo by pat00139

How Not to Be a Jerk Online

It goes without saying that being active on the Internet requires a thick skin. With social media tools like Facebook, we now all create content whether we recognize…

Newly Freed

thin glaze on puddles little girls giggle and stomp ice crunches under foot Finally freed from him, the woman wipes the tears from her face, a bad year…

The Last Voyage of the Nancy

Young Mary laced my bodice tight and helped me into my skirts. Dinner with the Captain required me to look my best. We’d been at sea for several…

Christmas Then and Now

Christmases were stressful growing up, especially during my teen years. Money was tight and my folks weren’t getting along. It wasn’t until I was well into my married…

The Bonded

Not every Fayre could be trusted. I learned that lesson early on. But for every million of the flittering little freaks that infested the planet, there was one…

Lemony Rain

I constructed my lair from the choicest rock candy, not dollar store seconds. The emerald green ribbon glowed deep within the rot of my heart. Shielded from the…