<strong>Fractured Fragment Friday: No Matter What You’ve Smoked, “Cannabis Alienus ‘alien dope’” May Be Too Much For You</strong>
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Fractured Fragment Friday: No Matter What You’ve Smoked, “Cannabis Alienus ‘alien dope’” May Be Too Much For You

Here’s the Blurb Be careful what you smoke. L.D. had always been an unapologetic pot-head, but something has gone wrong and he’s fallen off the radar. Eric returns home for what he thinks is going to be a simple intervention, but turns into… something else. Find out what – read “Cannabis alienus ‘alien dope’.” Here’s … Continue reading

<strong>Fractured Fragment Friday: Simple, Age-Related Forgetfulness? Full-blown Dementia? Burglary? Or is Everything Really “Bugging Out”?</strong>
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Simple, Age-Related Forgetfulness? Full-blown Dementia? Burglary? Or is Everything Really “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: 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