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Nightmares and Nativity (A Christmas Story), Part One

Jenny strung the last of the burnt popcorn strings over the bows of the tree and stood back to admire her hard work with a skeptical, scheming smile. Stretched fat and flat, her distorted reflection stared back at her from the round faces … Continue reading

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Prospects of an Alternate Ending

Yesterday, while every sane person in the country was doing their best to eat themselves into a turkey-induced coma, I couldn’t stay off my phone ( a sure sign times have changed: five years ago, I would’ve been on a computer). … Continue reading

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ELI

He paws at the door; I get up, open it. He runs away, off into the yard, to stare at me like I’m the dumb kid who just fell for the up-high-down-low-too-slow. I close the door and whisper bad names at him, … Continue reading

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I never write about water

Water. I’m terrified to write about it. And sand. It just seems like everything’s been said already, every metaphor made and remade, all the originality long since carried out by the tide. And the truth of it just isn’t that … Continue reading

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Finding the Perfect Murder Weapon

Every story, no matter what kind it is, needs a good murder weapon. Even the ones without murder. I know this for a fact, because I spend every night combing the surroundings of my stories to find one. Mostly I’m … Continue reading

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Building a Platform

What is a writer’s platform? Sitting here typing, my gut instinct is to say it feels like I’m standing on the gallows, noose around my neck, being asked to come up with last words that will  someday be immortalized on … Continue reading

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