The Spider’s Story

Some time in the future, far enough that you won't live to see it, but near enough to be plausible, there lived a spider. Like most spiders, he wasn't very pretty. But he was happy being a spider, because he got to hang out in quiet corners, and munch on the unfortunate bugs that wandered... Continue Reading →

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Cigarettes

Oh, my love, If you only knew how much my heart aches as I watch you pull another long draft from the cigarette, causing the glowing embers on the end to collapse in on themselves and fall in mad little swirls to the pavement where, forgotten by their brethren, they extinguish. I can see you... Continue Reading →

Donna The Momma — A Children’s Story (Part 2)

This is part two to the children's story I posted yesterday. Click here to read part one. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As Donna's babies got older, they began to wander about the barnyard on their own. The summer was hot, and some of the baby birds went to the pond for a cool drink of water. The geese... Continue Reading →

Donna The Momma — A Children’s Story (Part One)

I've never written a children's story before, but took a shot at it last month. After a whole bunch of revising, I think I'm happy with where it is now. I broke it up into a couple posts because otherwise it's a bit lengthy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ While the other birds on the farm enjoyed the warm... Continue Reading →

The Return Of The Thin White Duke

The wind was bitter and mean. The frozen air declared war on my blood and bones, invading my lungs and stealing what precious little oxygen was in them, outraged that I had dared step outside. My mother and I climbed the concrete steps towards an expanse of glass doors, and were greeted with a gust of warm air... Continue Reading →

An Ancient Place

I was already several miles into the hills before I realized where I was. When I did, I looked around me with a reverence typically reserved for the pew. The Blue Mountains were far from blue. I'm used to the slate gray of winter permeating everything in December, but in North Carolina autumn still reigned.... Continue Reading →

The Bite That Didn’t Bleed

The house was familiar, although I didn't recognize it. I'd never seen this particular bathroom before, but I knew in that innate sense of dream-logic, that this house was somewhere I was safe, a place I could bathe in peace. So it was to my rather immense surprise that I noticed two snakes resting in... Continue Reading →

The Same Kind of Magic

When I was small, I used to try to believe in fairies. Not just the tooth fairy, although I liked her, too, and certainly nothing like Tinkerbell, who was a spiteful, jealous thing I never cared for. These were little sprites and pixies and gnomes you see in paintings and greeting cards, wearing acorn caps for... Continue Reading →

The Sound of Sunshine

When she laughed, it sounded like sunshine; it made his heart hurt. There had been a madness to her. A wild, intoxicating madness -- like being drunk on an elixir of life, he reflected as he hobbled slowly down the hall.  Everything moved slowly these days, except the days themselves. He stopped before a picture... Continue Reading →

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