A Beginning…

Amy wiped the blood from the corner of her mouth and flushed the toilet quickly before her mother asked questions. Photo by Jo Naylor

The Sentinel

My name is Gracie and I am the Sentinel. I sit on the back of the Alpha’s throne and keep watch. His territory is vast and I must…

A Return to Longhand?

I spend a lot of time reflecting on my process: what works, what doesn’t. That kind of thing. Such naval-gazing is a wonderful alternative to actual writing. Ahem.…

What Am I?

We’re twins, you and I. We are so much alike. We have both our positives and negatives. My yin to your yang, so to speak. Alone, we are…

One Last Letter

Ricky checked his mailbox everyday at just before noon, rain or shine. He’d done this for as long as he could remember. Clip the leash on Duke, Number…

Resolve

“Happy New Year!” yelled Bernie to the drunken debauchery that his buddy Vince’s party had become. Amy sang Auld Lang Syne in the same style Marilyn Monroe sang…

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…