Fractured Fragment Friday: Dealing With the Inconvenience of “The Body” That Just Refuses To Stay Dead
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Dealing With the Inconvenience of “The Body” That Just Refuses To Stay Dead

I’m stretching here to try and offer an explanation for where “The Body” came from.  If you neglect people in your life and only pay attention to what YOU want, don’t expect those people to sit idly by without exercising their own, alien agendas. Admit it – for most people, it’s all about ME (without … 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 That “Too Much of a Good Thing” Can Indeed Kill You
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Detective Jimmy Delaney Discovers That “Too Much of a Good Thing” Can Indeed Kill You

Even though the release weekend for Ups and Downs: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #3 has completed, I still have on emore of the stories to revisit. Today’s Fractured Fragment Friday visits the 9th story – “Possession.” Life insurance can be useful, but sometimes it can be a case of “Too Much of a Good Thing” … 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 Races Against Time to Stop Whoever Is “Killing Them Softly”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Detective Jimmy Delaney Races Against Time to Stop Whoever Is “Killing Them Softly”

This week it’s time to visit the fifth Detective Jimmy Delaney tale: “Killing Them Softly.” Writing a pseudo-speculative-fiction detective series, I often find myself looking for creative and unusual ways to kill people. It often reminds me of The Avengers (not the Marvel superhero club – the old British television series about secret agents Mr. … 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: Jimmy Delaney Discovers Those Needed Skills Weren’t All That Came To Him “In a Flash” Drive
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Fractured Fragment Friday: Jimmy Delaney Discovers Those Needed Skills Weren’t All That Came To Him “In a Flash” Drive

We’re going to spend a few Fractured Fragment Fridays with Detective Jimmy Delaney, This week with the series starter: “In a Flash.” So, where did Jimmy come from? He started with an off-hand comment, someone wishing they could just plug a flash drive into their head and get the knowledge and skills they needed without … Continue reading

Meandering Monday about the Danger of Assuming Everyone is Just Like Yourself
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Meandering Monday about the Danger of Assuming Everyone is Just Like Yourself

We’re all human. That is a comforting phrase that attempts to peel away our differences, in an attempt to reduce suspicion of those of us and develop some empathy – or at least some understanding. We’re all human – but I’m not so sure about them… that’s more like the way NORMAL people think (although … Continue reading