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: Super Villain Questions His Own Ultimate Awareness
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Super Villain Questions His Own Ultimate Awareness

I was wondering how Super Villains acquired their henchmen, and imagined the interview process with someone who didn’t seem to quite fit the villain mold. “Ultimate Awareness” coupled that idea with the “Why?” of a particular villain. Here’s the Blurb Omnius has relied on his Ultimate Awareness to dominate the city as well as any … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Which Species is the “Endangered” One, Here?
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Which Species is the “Endangered” One, Here?

I had a vision of a traditional UFO saucer crashed into a cavern. Who else would be there besides park rangers? Bats of course, and a statement on some of the foolishness that goes into placing more importance on nature than human beings. There’s more than a couple of “Endangered” species in there. Here’s the … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Jim Goes Through a Disturbing Transformation While “Finding Sanctuary”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Jim Goes Through a Disturbing Transformation While “Finding Sanctuary”

“Finding Sanctuary” just started with the idea of a human colony ship wandering through space in search of a home. Eventually they find one. But an alien planet suitable for life would of course have alien life, wouldn’t it? It would be nice to think they’d be welcoming, but…, well…, WE’D be the aliens then, … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: “Gladius” Decides His Alien Overlords Do Not Own Him
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Fractured Fragment Friday: “Gladius” Decides His Alien Overlords Do Not Own Him

I’m not quite sure how “Gladius” wound up where it ended – the original story was to have something to do with virtual reality and infectious ideas, but then the virtual coliseum shifted to being the actual reality, a place where various races had been taken as slaves by a master alien culture and forced … Continue reading