Kate attends a county fair for the first time in 15 years to face her past. When she confides in her new boyfriend, she gets much more than the comfort she so desperately needs.
Author's note: I entered the Fiction War Winter Flash Fiction contest in January and had to submit a story of no more than 1,000 words using "Grimm's Fairy Tales" as the prompt. I had fun with this one, although it's a dark fairy tale (as were those told by the Brothers Grimm, of course.) I … Continue reading (Fiction) Hannah and Gretchen
Long ago, in the days when beasts could still speak and walk among us as equals, the land at the westernmost edge of the world was ruled by the Fox King. Now, the annals of history tell us little more than that the Fox King ruled for a short period of time. What … Continue reading (Fiction) The Fox King
Because I seem to enjoy crazy writing competitions, I entered the Fall "Fiction War" competition last month and had 3 days to write a 1,000 word story including the prompt "I can't leave her now. She's already gone." I found out today that my story didn't place, but I still had fun with it. Be … Continue reading (Fiction) Ascension
This is the 1,000-word flash fiction story I entered for challenge #2 of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. I had 48 hours to craft a story in the "fantasy" genre, at least part of the story had to take place on a cotton plantation, and I had to include an "object" at least once … Continue reading (Fiction) The Schlimmster
I entered the yeah write super challenge and had a blast writing this 999-word flash fiction piece for round one. My prompts were as follows: Emotion: Disapproval (a character must experience the emotion) Event: Swim in a pool Because there were no genre limitations, I enjoyed stretching my wings a little bit with a type of story … Continue reading (Fiction) Sharing the Pool
This one was my entry into round one, challenge one for the NYC Midnight 2016 Flash Fiction Challenge in July, 2016. Although it didn't earn me any points with the judges, I'm sharing it here to keep myself honest and to get all of these stories housed in one place. My prompts for this were: … Continue reading (Fiction) Clever Little Monkey
This was my entry into round 3 of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in April 2016. While it didn't win me any prizes, it was still fun to write. My prompts were as follows: Genre: Open Character: A hoarder Subject: Eavesdropping Mother's Things Synopsis: Pushed to the breaking point caring for her mother, Anna does … Continue reading (Fiction) Mother’s Things
For this one, I was assigned the genre of "Romantic Comedy", I had to include "Open Marriage" as a subject that featured somehow prominently, and I had to include "A Sculptor" as a character. I had 72 hours to brainstorm, write, edit, re-write, re-edit, and submit my masterpiece but was limited to no more than 2,000 words. I came in at 1,999 words (whew!) when all was said and done.
I entered the NYC Midnight 2016 Short Story Challenge and am posting my first round story here so I can share it in the site's forums for some honest (but hopefully also gentle) critiquing by the other writers who joined me in the challenge. For this story, I was charged with creating a science fiction … Continue reading (Fiction) Lake Chikunga