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: You May Not Want What’s Coming To You – Best To Avoid This “Inheritance”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: You May Not Want What’s Coming To You – Best To Avoid This “Inheritance”

Halloween is almost here! This is the last time that Fractured Fragment Fridays will promote a story from my themed collection WEIRD, But not TOO Scary Tales (there’s a rather modern mummy in this on.) “Inheritance” came from a combination of grave-robbers, the artifacts AND servants buried in tombs, and a touch of being careful … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Being Jettisoned Into Space Is Bad Enough, But “Breathing Is Overrated”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Being Jettisoned Into Space Is Bad Enough, But “Breathing Is Overrated”

As Halloween creeps up on us, all of October’s Fractured Fragment Fridays will promote stories from my themed collection WEIRD, But not TOO Scary Tales. “Breathing is Overrated” earned me my second of four Honorable Mentions in the Writers of the Future contest. It started when someone I know was having breathing problems, and the … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: What is the Proper Etiquette When a Witch  Invites a Demon for “Date Night”?
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Fractured Fragment Friday: What is the Proper Etiquette When a Witch  Invites a Demon for “Date Night”?

Since we’re in the witching season, all of October’s Fractured Fragment Fridays will promote stories from my themed collection WEIRD, But not TOO Scary Tales. “Date Night” is a speculative fiction short story with a bit of paranormal romance for flavor. It’s also the third of my four stories that have earned an Honorable Mention … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: So, How Close IS “Close Enough” for Government Work?
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Fractured Fragment Friday: So, How Close IS “Close Enough” for Government Work?

“Close Enough” came from the expression “close enough for government work.” What would that look like over galactic or planetary distances? How badly could a non-responsive agency botch things, and what kind of NORMAL people might put themselves in a position to depend on that agency? Here’s the Blurb Could a Messier object be any … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Lonely, Cantankerous Shopkeeper Fails To Avoid “Bugging Out”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Lonely, Cantankerous Shopkeeper Fails To Avoid “Bugging Out”

In “Bugging Out” I was exploring a couple of disturbing observations about impermanence – the way that buildings seem to instantly appear (yes, I know they were probably being built for weeks and I just wasn’t paying attention) and also how common objects that I know I just saw a moment ago simply vanish (where … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Conversations with Crab-Like Aliens Documented in “The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Conversations with Crab-Like Aliens Documented in “The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions”

“The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions” is NOT about problems with space crabs. I just wanted to play with the mistake we make about assuming that other life (and people) have to be the same as us, looking and behaving like something familiar to us instead of something alien. And if we can have tools and … Continue reading