Friday, September 3, 2010

As told to...

Gina Tells Me How She Drowned,
Doorknobs & Bodypaint,
August 2010

It took years to publish this story. I finally realized why. The title was Drowning and I was using my byline, but the story is told from a female point of view. So I changed the title and here it is.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Get an afterlife.

Stuck in Time,
Ascent Aspirations,
July 2010

I should have retired last year. I could be sitting on a beach in the Riviera instead of this dump.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lily? Are you sure?

They Have White Stellate Blossoms,
Static Movement,
June 2010

But lilies are such big, bold flowers and these were so small and shy. There were so many of them. I'm sure I heard them croaking.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Call Tech Support

Speak or dial your response at any time

Answering Machine,
Clockwise Cat,
Issue 17, May 2010

Pick a number, any number and listen to recorded music.

Psych Out

Who are you going to trust?

Wintergreen Neurosis,
Doorknobs & BodyPaint,
Issue 58, May 2010

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.”- Damon Runyon

Sunday, May 9, 2010

It got so hot in Texas this past summer, that all of the grass in the back yard died. It was replaced by native plants. Some of them were viney creatures that grew tall and sent out tentacles that strangled the roses. But the roses fought back. I heard them singing at night, I Will Survive. They reminded me of the bony bovines in this story.

Cows Gone Wild,
Ascent Aspirations,
May 2010

They told you to eat more chicken, but you wouldn't listen.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

For the first time, my artwork with my story.

Reptilian Snakes,
Static Movement,
April 2010

Chris Bartholomew, the editor of Static Movement, visited my blog, saw the illustrations and asked me to submit one with the next story. So this time, to see the illustration you'll have to go to the ezine, because Static Movement has first rights. I would have posted it sooner, but I was supposed to be in Germany last week. Then the volcano erupted. There are strange things happening in the magma.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's time to return to our roots.

Tuber War,
WSU Nexus,
Winter 2010

If this is made into a movie, who should play Billy Beet?

Friday, March 26, 2010

I don't know, but if the package includes a fabulous babe, you've got yourself a deal.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Something's fishy in the City of Hair

Fisherman's Splatter,
Clockwise Cat,
Issue 16, March 2010

My simulated city was going well until the corpses started turning up.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This is my Valentine's Day Story

Hefty Bag Gal,
Static Movement,
February 2010

Cooder and Chesty have been on-again-off-again sweathearts for a long time. Everybody wonders if they will ever run away together. This may be the day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This much is true: We did speak to a technical support person with an Indian accent who said his name was Maverick.

Do Not Attempt to Snapshot the Locals,
Ascent Aspirations,
February 2010

People ask where I get my ideas for stories. I lead a writing workshop once a month. We begin with a twenty minute writing exercise. I hand out a page of lines from poems to serve as prompts. Back in July of 2008, the line, "Do not endeavor to snapshot the locals" from a poem by Michael Dumanis was on the list. It was the inspiration this story.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cooder leads the lineup in 2010

Arms and the Man,
Static Movement,
January 2010

I try to finish one piece of flash fiction a week. Flash is a story in 1000 words or fewer. For each one, I prepare an illustration, because I need the practice drawing, painting and editing with Photoshop. So far, only my writing group has seen the illustrations. This post is the first time I am including the illustration with the link to the story.