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 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: A Simple Diplomatic Mission Leaves Herc Tom a Victim of “Baastard’s Revenge”
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Fractured Fragment Friday: A Simple Diplomatic Mission Leaves Herc Tom a Victim of “Baastard’s Revenge”

“Baastard’s Revenge” is the FOURTH Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire tale. The devious cats of Baast don’t view our hero with fondness – Herc Tom has single-handedly (well, at least he thinks so) thwarted their last two attempts to defeat the Empire (in “Purr Mission” and “Nipped in the Butt”.) “Baastard’s Revenge” was an … Continue reading