Fort Building Doctor: So tell me about this flu? Patient: Well, the standard stuff: congestion, headache, sore throat, upset stomach, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, difficulty swallowing, fever Doctor: all at the same time? Patient: No, they appear to be working in two man teams, like assassin squads. Just when the congestion and headache go away, nausea..
Short Story, Novels, False Starts, Scripts, Video, Pointlessness, Hard to Believe
It’s a sprawling night time landscape—full of chain link, vacant lots, ranch houses, horse corrals, trailer homes—and I’m walking it in a robe, without any particular concern for my appearance. It must be two o’clock in the morning, but the neighborhood feels safe. It’s just that I have no idea where I am. I consider..
The Editors of Psychic Sass Magazine were given permission to interview a junior faculty member at the secretive Brinwood Academy—an institution thought to be dedicated to the education of children with “super powers.” The faculty member granted access on the condition of anonymity, so he appears here as “Tim Tedesco.” Molly Sinclair conducted the interview for..
Trash Fish Part II The building, like most tech operations, was very secure. Everyone had an ID badge. You couldn’t even check out batteries without signing for them. There were cameras on every floor, four in the parking lot, two above the front door. A few minutes later, Tyler stood glumly looking at a wall..
More Tyler stuff.. The twins could be into careless hacking, using computers to screw up peoples’ lives. This sends Tyler into an absolute frenzy. I’ve always wanted to see a story where mindless, vicious hackers get it badly in the chops. The twins could be aliens sent over to take over souls and bodies. The..
To get up to speed, read this first. Writing a short story, in public this way, is good and bad. It’s good in that you get a little feedback and encouragement. You see if anyone reads their way through it, if anyone seems to have an idea of where you might be going. But asking..
Trash Fish Part I Julie set down the Portobellos and the salmon with her usual delicacy. Clearly, she enjoyed presentation. There were nights where Julie was in and out of Tyler’s condo without his hearing her entrance or departure. He could be in the shower and when he stepped into his dining room, there would..
When he finally made the phone call, Tyler had trouble sounding as though he weren’t out of breath. He could hear the phone ringing on the other end and that only made it worse, so when his friend Nathan picked up the line all Tyler could say was “wait a minute” while he covered the..
Characters Chase Bagnall saw no great virtue in confession, the endless parade of self-justification that announces itself on social networks, and over beer, and in emails with the subject line, “Can I just tell you something?” Whatever happened, he thought, to suffering in silence? Where did that go? Did it ever exist? Without question,..
When he finally made the phone call, Chase had trouble sounding as though he weren’t out of breath. He could hear the phone ringing on the other end and that only made it worse, so when his friend, Nathan Kennedy, picked up the line all Chase could say was “wait a minute” while he covered..