Fiction – short stories

Two-bit fiction

August 10, 2015

I’ve been posting a lot about Mom and Alzheimer’s lately. Probably because it seems to be taking over my life. And apparently, it’s contagious (seriously, I can’t remember the simplest things). So for a break, how about back to the writing? I am struggling to find the time to dive into novel number five. So […]

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Lothian Deith Ben

February 8, 2015

Well, it’s that NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge time of year again! Despite finishing novel #4 and being too busy at work – I signed up again. Yup, sucker for punishment. The challenge (round 1, heat 1): Science Fiction (gulp, my first). Video Games A housekeeper I give you, Lothian Deith Ben (Lothian is an […]

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Red Green Oranges

October 8, 2014

Stop! Collaborate and listen… Nope, Red Green Oranges is not about traffic lights. It’s another installment in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction competition. Round 1, Challenge 2, Group 15, 48 hours to write a short story, 1000 word max (which I hit, on the very dot). Here are the prompts: Genre – drama Location – […]

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Well shucks, corn man

August 20, 2014

I enjoyed the NYC Midnight 2014 Short Story Challenge so much – and did so well! – that I thought I’d take a shot at the flash fiction challenge. My first assignment was romantic comedy. O. M. F. G… Not that I don’t enjoy watching a good rom-com. But writing one? In 1000 words or […]

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God Damn, the Fisherman – short story challenge, the final round

May 6, 2014

My first round entry in the NYC Midnight short story challenge, End of the Line, took #1 in my heat. In the second round, I wrote my first ghost story, The Final Bow. It also took #1 in my heat! Who’d ‘a thunk it? That pushed me into the final round. 24 hours to write […]

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The final bow – short story challenge part deux

April 10, 2014

The first story I submitted in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge kicked a little ass. End of the Line took first in my heat and moved me into the second round. In this heat, the requirements are: ghost story; love affair; private tutor. This is my first ghost story. I spent (wasted?) a bit […]

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End of the Line – a short story competition

February 23, 2014

I decided to sign up for a new kind of short story competition – one with heats and time limits and such. It speaks to my deadline oriented side, and satisfies my highly competitive nature. I like to be the best… The competitors are broken up into groups (40 of them) and each is given […]

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Samburger and Flies

August 28, 2012

This is a fiction piece (the first I’ve shared on my blog) that recently came in third (out of 300!) in the Writer’s Digest Write it Your Way contest. Entries were to be 1200 words or less and have a summer theme. Enjoy! But don’t read while eating… Samburger and Flies The sun came off […]

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