Fractured Fragment Friday: Mysterious Cryptid Leaves Varying But “Lasting Impression”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Mysterious Cryptid Leaves Varying But “Lasting Impression”

Today is the release day for “Lasting Impression.” The story came into my mind with the image of a strange creature fading into the woods. I thought it might be a good origin story for Sheriff Audrey Harper in “Sasqwhat?” and then the story rolled out from there (and in typical PANTSER fashion, the creature … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Encounter with Strange Life Form Leaves a “Lasting Impression”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Encounter with Strange Life Form Leaves a “Lasting Impression”

“Lasting Impression” came into my mind with the image of a strange creature fading into the woods. I thought it might be a good origin story for Sheriff Audrey Harper in “Sasqwhat?” and then the story rolled out from there (and in typical PANTSER fashion, the creature wasn’t what I first thought it was, either.). … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: An Attempt To Make Crime Truly “Victimless”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: An Attempt To Make Crime Truly “Victimless”

“Victimless” came from annoyance with the number of television programs I’d seen recently that try to paint convicted criminals who happen to have children as pitiful victims themselves. The push seems to be to stop punishing parents who are criminals because their innocent children will suffer (almost feels like an opportunity for these parents to … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: a Workaholic Discovers That “There’s No Present Like the Time”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: a Workaholic Discovers That “There’s No Present Like the Time”

Peter looked up from the case at the woman who had just spoken. She had waist-length, reddish-blonde hair that she wore tied back in a braid. The hair framed a smooth face of indeterminate age; Peter had never been good at judging this, but there was something about her that made him feel she was older than she looked. Maybe she’d had surgery to smooth things over, but those intense green-blue eyes were also at once wise and youthful.
Her dress looked like it had been thrown together from a slew of diaphanous scarves, and as she turned and set her lunch bag on a shelf behind the counter, the colors seemed to change as the layers shifted back and forth over each other. It was interesting to watch – a bit too interesting, and Peter felt his face getting hot as he turned his attention back to the case.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t even realize you were there,” he said.
“Hmmm, I do not hear that often. I wonder if I’m losing my charm,” she said. Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: A Suspicious Wife Finds Too Many Things “Out of Place” (AND the Smashwords End of Year Sale Begins!)
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Fractured Fragment Friday: A Suspicious Wife Finds Too Many Things “Out of Place” (AND the Smashwords End of Year Sale Begins!)

To start off, I am participating in the Smashwords End of Year Sale, which runs today, December 17th, through January 1st. All of my collections, plus Swordsmaster, are available on Smashwords at 50% off!!! You can find Smashwords links to all my participating EBooks on my Current Promotions page. Now, to continue our regularly scheduled … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Abbe Is Forced To Face Challenges to His Belief That “The Collective Is All”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Abbe Is Forced To Face Challenges to His Belief That “The Collective Is All”

We’re all familiar with the notion that sometimes the wrong people are in charge – through an accident of birth, or cronyism, or plain dumb luck people wind up in charge of underlings who are more qualified, leaving the underlings to question their masters’ intelligence. I thought to explore the idea with servant robots, but … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Skittish Cab Driver and Flighty Passenger Combine for “Some Kind of Luck”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Skittish Cab Driver and Flighty Passenger Combine for “Some Kind of Luck”

*** My apologies. This episode of Fractured Fragment FRIDAY is being delivered late on SATURDAY because the writer FORGOT to schedule it’s release in advance. Oh, the humanity! I have some personal idiosyncrasies, one of which is a fairly frequent sensation while driving that I am about to be in a collision with a red-light … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Alien Invaders Are Suspicious of “Burial Details”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Alien Invaders Are Suspicious of “Burial Details”

The thought of an old farmer hiding children underground popped into my head, and I had to have a reason why (Oops! I guess that’s a spoiler…) In “Burial Details”, Earth is invaded by aliens intent on keeping the human population in check by removing those capable of reproduction. Here’s the Blurb Be sure to … Continue reading