Fractured Fragment Friday: Can Aaron Walker Save His Town from Their Alien Overlords by “Riding the Devil”?
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Can Aaron Walker Save His Town from Their Alien Overlords by “Riding the Devil”?

“Riding the Devil” is a science fiction / fantasy story with a western steampunk flavor. The story’s seed was a dream my significant one shared with me, saying “you should write a story from this.” Of course, what I wrote bore no resemblance to her dream as far as she’s concerned (no matter how much … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Egomaniacal Food Critic Meets His Match and Is Treated to the Revenge of “A Dish Best Served”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Egomaniacal Food Critic Meets His Match and Is Treated to the Revenge of “A Dish Best Served”

“A Dish Best Served” started simply with a desire to use a multi-course meal as the vehicle for a story. I started writing with the critic vs. chef theme, and the rest of the story came out of the pen on its own (or with the help of my favorite Poe story, “A Cask of … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Detective Jimmy Delaney Discovers What’s Not Good for Someone Experiencing “Hard Times”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Detective Jimmy Delaney Discovers What’s Not Good for Someone Experiencing “Hard Times”

This week’s Fractured Fragment is from “Hard Times” – the sixth Detective Jimmy Delaney story. “Hard Times” started by seeing too many commercials with women in blue dresses warning me to see a doctor if it lasts more than four hours (the things you see advertised on television now; why, when I was a kid…) … 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