Fractured Fragment Friday: Release Day for Detective Jimmy Delaney’s Third Collection, and a Look at Whether It’s Gaslight or Ghostly in “Possession”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Release Day for Detective Jimmy Delaney’s Third Collection, and a Look at Whether It’s Gaslight or Ghostly in “Possession”

Today is the release day for Ups and Downs: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #3! The collection contains stories 7 – 9 in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series, and today’s Fractured Fragment Friday visits the 8th story – “Possession.” I thought it would be fun to give Jimmy a fantasy element for one episode. Something supernatural, … 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: Detective Jimmy Delaney Proves Murder and Mind Control Aren’t “The Right Idea”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Detective Jimmy Delaney Proves Murder and Mind Control Aren’t “The Right Idea”

This week we visit “The Right Idea” – Detective Jimmy Delaney story #3. I wrote “In a Flash” as a standalone short story, and thought that was it – but then Jimmy said “Hey, what about this other case, and “Mixed Signals” came to be. But once I let Jimmy in he wouldn’t go away. … Continue reading

Detective Jimmy Delaney is Fired, Then Framed for Murder in “Mixed Signals”
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Detective Jimmy Delaney is Fired, Then Framed for Murder in “Mixed Signals”

This week we visit the second of my Detective Jimmy Delaney stories: “Mixed Signals.” As I’ve said before, I never intended to write a SERIES of Detective Jimmy Delaney stories. I had written “In a Flash” as a standalone short story. I expected it to remain that way, but something about Jimmy just stuck with … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Was That Silent Auction for “Getting Personal” Injury Protection, or Causing Them?
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Was That Silent Auction for “Getting Personal” Injury Protection, or Causing Them?

Today is the release day for “Getting Personal.” I had two self-made story prompts that I referenced for “Getting Personal” – each entered into my IDEAS file over ten years ago: Personal Injury Specialists – when the injury needs to be personal, and Dangerous Bidding. I know the story that resulted had next to nothing … Continue reading

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Meandering Monday about My Confusion About When Appropriation Is Appropriate

Our cancel culture seems to be intent on removing words from our dialog (and without words, what’s left?) Sorry, I’m a writer, and part of my thinking revolves around the importance of FREEDOM OF SPEECH and its sister FREEDOM OF THOUGHT. If certain words are outlawed from being spoken, how easy is it to address … Continue reading

Fractured Fragment Friday: Amun May Not Want What’s Coming To Him In This “Inheritance”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Amun May Not Want What’s Coming To Him In This “Inheritance”

“Inheritance” came from a combination of grave-robbers, the artifacts AND servants buried in tombs, and a touch of being careful what you wish for. Wealth isn’t always what you think, and just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, it works in reverse, too. Here’s the Blurb When Amun discovers that his family is … Continue reading