Category Archives: Writer

No Outlet (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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No OutletYou don’t tell strangers your troubles…hell, you don’t even tell your family. Forget the wife, kids, or what passes for your best friend. You keep it all bottled up inside, letting a few cold ones after work take the edge off. Most nights, more than a few cold ones.

So you stumble into the house too many times way past when you said you’d be home. Food cold, icy stares from the Mrs., kids hiding in their rooms.

You drag yourself up to the fridge, get another bottle, twist off the top.

Sitting in your chair, you stare at nothing.

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Migrating Bears (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Migrating BearsKallisto was lost. From the moment she gave into her feelings, and his, she knew she was lost. Did she not vow chastity until death? Did she not mourn what she gave up, while she hugged the swelling, enlarged now for all to notice?

Shunned, shunned, Kallisto ran far from her sisters. Their wrath was still so present in her mind.

She had traveled so far and dropped to her knees, exhausted. Resting, night fell,

Kallisto lay on her back, looking up at the darkened sky overhead. As the twinkling patterns emerged, she wished she could join the stars above.

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.

Low Shoulder (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Low Shoulder

“A folly or a find,” quoted Sir Thomas in the Daily, “is for Professor Smythe to wage his silly battle of discontent.  In my mind we have located   Richard III. There will always be those who doubt that which is proven-and proven this has been, through DNA testing and radiocarbon dating-that this skeleton we have exhumed is, in fact, King Richard.”

Professor Smythe ground his teeth as he hurled the paper towards the nearest receptacle. A low hung shoulder bone does not a monarch make. He knew Thomas was wrong. That bastard!

Folly? Silly? Perjury, perjury, in the highest degree!

 

 

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

April 1st starts with the letter A

April 30th ends with the letter Z

Enjoy!

Keep Off Median (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Keep OffTo many, things were either black or white, either/or, yes or no. Sally did not think that way. She found herself usually seeing things in shades of grey, with “maybe” or “I’m not sure” leading her answers.

That is when she did answer. It was easier not to commit. It kept her out of arguments; once people got to know Sally, they automatically dismissed her, knowing she wouldn’t go one way or the other.

Sally became invisible in plain sight. It was comforting.

In the office, an argument was brewing; she casually walked right through it.

No one noticed.

 

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

April 1st starts with the letter A

April 30th ends with the letter Z

Enjoy!

Junction (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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JunctionNothing came crashing down, this time. Paul just had that feeling that it was time to move on. Things weren’t bad, but…

Not the first time he’s felt that way; he had hoped that he wouldn’t feel like that ever again.

But he does; causing him just a little bit of stress and anxiety over these feelings.

Paul never understood how his father could do the same job, follow essentially the same pattern of his life, for as long as he did, without it taking it’s toll.

Looking back, he saw  it always did.

Time for him to move on.

 

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

April 1st starts with the letter A

April 30th ends with the letter Z

Enjoy!

Information (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Information“I don’t know if I can help you, ” she said. “I don’t know if there is anything I could say that would fix anything.”

He sighed. “I’m not asking you to fix anything. I’m asking you to just listen. Let me vent; just an ear. I just need to tell you how I feel.”

Her brow crinkled; her lips quivered.

“You keep trying to shut me up!” she barked. “You keep trying to control what I can or can’t say.”

“How did we get here? That is not what I was saying or wanted.”

The silence that followed said volumes.

 

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Check out other bloggers in the A to Z Challenge.

26 posts during the month of April, every day but Sundays.

April 1st starts with the letter A

April 30th ends with the letter Z

Enjoy!

Hill Blocks View (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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Hill Blocks ViewAndersville thrived at the base of Anders Hill. Except for the wander lust of the young who felt there was always something better beyond the town, just over the hill, most of the residents lived their entire lives satisfied where they were.

Kelly would, when time allowed, sit at different angles around the hill, painting. She took in the colors, the landscape that  changed with the seasons, the wild life that inhabited the hill, her neighbors, and she would paint.

She saw the world majestic in this hill, in the beauty that was presented.

She crafted poetry on her canvases.

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

I hope you enjoy the short pieces.

Gravel (SIGNS: #AtoZChallenge)

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GravelBill looked at his elbow in the mirror. It was dry,rough; the scars that crossed his skin were a reminder when he was Billy and he ran wild with youth.

He remembers sneaking out of the bunk after lights out  were called. He and two buddies made their ways along the dark paths,  to the mess hall kitchen. They tried the door, hoping for a late night snack.

Lights went on; with a shout they were  chased by counselors.

Billy slid and fell on the gravel path. His elbow a bloody mess.

Bill looked in the mirror, and smiled.

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

I hope you enjoy the short pieces.

 

Falling Rock (SIGNS: A to Z Challenge)

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fallingrockHe was told how strong he was; how his hope and courage in the face of such overwhelming circumstances just proved what lay inside of him. Wasn’t it a wonder than he could still turn to others, offer them gratitude, peace, friendship.. support, that is showed the brave and good heart inherent in his being?

He wondered how much stronger he could be. He felt his footing slipping away, that foundation eroding with  each anxiety-driven  pounding of his heart.   He knew it was a precarious balancing act.

He had been balancing for so very long.

He didn’t want to fall.

 

 

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is 100 Words Exactly.

I hope you enjoy these short pieces.

Electric Vehicle Charging (SIGNS; A to Z Challenge)

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Electric Vehicle ChargingDoori stood impatiently  in line waiting to recharge. She was going to be late for school again, but she had used up most of the juice last night at Perfect’s party, and it was either be late or fizzle out during Futures. Again.

Finally;  the charging pads. Quicknip, she plugged her feet and hands into the appropriate slots after zipping in the lead to her left temple. Doori closed her eyes as recharge went into overdrive. Tunes played, game control returned, her body whirred.

Creds will be through the roof, and she knew she’d hear about it.

She didn’t care.

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For the April 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge, you will find a story a day (except Sundays) from me. A to Z: Staring with A on Tuesday, April 1st and ending with Z on Wednesday, April 30th.

Signs is my theme for this year’s outing. Road signs, building signs, warning signs…Signs alert us to a multitude of messages. My plan is to use the alphabet through Signage, but not to stick to what the sign was originally intended to convey. So, the genre of story writing, and styles, of the posts will vary as my mood and interpretation sees fit. Possibly a poem or two. We’ll see.

I’m also trying something more of a challenge: each post will be a Drabble. A Drabble is  100 Words Exactly.

Hope you enjoy the stories.