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Review: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

I encountered There Will Come Soft Rains when I was a little kid. I was reading high school level novels in grade school, eventually graduating to college textbooks on astronomy and science when I was nine years old. I read this short story and it did something that shocked me. When I was done I had tears on my face. I didn’t understand why, but something in this story had found a way through the…

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7 Places To Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Since a bunch of scientists researched where you should go if you’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and agreed with my analysis (it’s number five), I thought I would post my original article that I wrote in 2011. Enjoy!   7 Places to Go to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse You know it’s coming. Perhaps Darwin will have the last laugh and a mutant superbug will evolve in the grease on a McDonalds grill…

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Stuff Migrates

Just a few minutes ago I was eating a late lunch. I set my spoon down and reached for my coffee when my hand hit something that was not my coffee cup. I looked up, and in front of me was a ceramic penguin. I puzzled over why it was on my kitchen table, and why I did not see it three inches away from my bowl and coffee cup. I certainly had never seen…

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The First Day of Christmas (Free Flash Fiction Story)

Diary Entry, Christmas Morning, 1878 Much ado about Reginald. I know he is handsome and smart, not to mention immensely wealthy due to his crafting of intricate watches and toys, but my heart belongs to Humbert. My family would be scandalized if they knew my wild and free Humbert visited me nightly in my bedchambers. Reginald, sweet thing that he is, sent a beautiful gift for the first day of Christmas. I do believe he…

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Life and Everything2

There’s a website that was Wikipedia before Wikipedia was Wikipedia. That site is Everything2.com. A friend of mine, James Younger, pulled me into the website, and I ended up writing enough stuff over ten years that I put out a book. It’s still there, and recently I drifted back because of the death of a friend of mine. The place is still enjoyable, and we ended up having a virtual wake for dannye (Danny Wildman),…

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Mouse Wars: The Mickey Mouse

I never minded field mice. They kept out of my house and I left them alone. That is, until I got married. My wife absolutely hated mice. So, one day she discovered we had a mouse scurrying around in our bedroom. For the next two days, all I heard was, “Did you kill IT yet?” Well, after I gave it a chance to leave on its own, I went out and got some glue traps.…

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Submitted: The Strangelet to Apokrupha

Sent in a 418-word short story to Apokrupha’s Vignettes from the End of the World anthology. They’re looking for stories about the end of the world happening, all in 500 words or less. I was doing a bit of research on the Large Hadron Collider, and I ended up on Wikipedia. The page was about an exotic particle called a Strangelet, made up of up, down, and strange quarks. There was a concern that one…

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Iron Writer – Summer Solstice Edition

Yeah, I admit it. I love writing flash fiction. It’s a tough thing to do. One has to fit the right words together and make it drop into a box that can hold exactly 500 words—no more, no less—with the standard story elements present. Over at the Iron Writer website, my short 500-word story is titled The Rescuers. I wanted to make this one have more action and to have a strong female protagonist. Hopefully,…

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KillerCon 4 Story Competition

KillerCon, one of the premiere author conventions, holds several competitions for authors to show off their mad skillz. For 2012, they had the Gross-Out Contest, a horror-themed erotica contest, plus a 15-minute competition where authors had to write a story with several key words or phrases. Note: Bad words coming, continue only if you’re comfortable with this.   The words and phrases we had to include were: Butterknife Zither Mongoose Plagiarize “I want to suck…

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Free Flash Fiction: Seeds

Melinda peered through the cracked outer window, watching the dazzling fires dance as the atmosphere burned away. “My God, nature is amazingly beautiful, even when it’s trying to kill you. At least it makes a gorgeous final Christmas display.” Hearing a sob, she turned from the deadly fairy lights to look at the grizzled veteran cowering in the bunk. “That isn’t helping, Karl. How’d you get into the Norwegian Spesialkommandos?” “Drafted,” he croaked. Melinda’s attention…

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