Monthly archives: May, 2015

#173 Online Dating Despair

#173 Online Dating Despair Joe worked in Photoshop and finished touching up a shot taken of him ten years earlier when he was forty. The resulting picture showed an image of a twenty- something. He admired the solid black hair and wrinkle-free face he had created. He hurried to upload it to Match.com to see…




#172 An Occurrence at Prescott Public Library

#172  An Occurrence at Prescott Public Library   On the afternoon of Sunday, April 1, the cloud-filled sky emptied onto the desert, and as usual, the gloomy weather brought on my blues, changing my world, from a happy place to a dreary and god awful. As I drove to a meeting with my critique group…




#171 Internal Disintegrating Words from the Id

I’m usually a mellow guy and get along with most everyone. Sometimes, though, I come across a person who clashes with my energy field so much that being in the same room sets off sparks of animosity, hatred, violence, and vengeance. Ms. T. is one of those. The sight of her white hair and sardonically…




#169 Burn Bitch Burn

I dropped a flaming match into the hay stacked around Matilda. Flames rose; she screamed. My mind jumped back to the beginning of the day. At work, I couldn’t stop imagining how much fun we’d have together. Thinking about her was the answer to my prayers. The one I’d always wanted to hang from the…




#168 Dream Train

#168 Dream Train Things happened when I was five that I can’t forget. When I go to bed, I try to think of something else, but a vision that’s always in my head appears. I see a steam engine with its whistle blowing, belching smoke and soot as it rolls down the tracks hauling a…




#167 Gracefully aging

#167 Gracefully Aging Her angelic look mirrored her innocence the first time I saw her. I knew she was the one for me. Her radiant face lit the entire place, warming my heart while I watched her twirling around the dance floor. I stepped onto the floor and demonstrated my dance moves to impress her…




#166 Rejected

#166 Rejected A letter from Shuster Publishing is in my mailbox.  My heart races, I can hardly breathe. I tear open the envelope anticipating an acceptance letter for my sci-fi story. I see the form letter, and my heart almost stops. “We only publish literary fiction. Please don’t submit again. Thank you. Signed, 1st reader.”…




#165 Saturday Night

  #165 Saturday Night Today is Sunday, and my life will finally end. Something most men dread, but I anticipate the peace it will bring. I’ll never forget the good loving we almost had last night when we first met. How we walked on the beach, held hands, and watched the sun set and the…




#164 Genocide

#164 Genocide Professor Spindle started his demonstration. His class of advanced high school science students viewed a monitor ablaze with a thermonuclear explosion that expanded in slow motion, observing it from ignition to the brilliantly lit end. “Fascinating stuff, huh guys,” Spindle said. “Listen up now, I’m telling you the reason we could observe the…



#163 Art

#163Art Being alone breeds discontent. If only I could find the right one, my life would be filled with joy. Love has eluded me and slipped away so many times before. Hope had disappeared because I was never smart enough to detect what was required to remain a duo. I always felt I needed more,…