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Child of the Air

Author’s Note – Today’s flash fiction challenge was to write about an extinct flower that somehow blooms for the first time in a hundred years. Of course I couldn’t help putting an apocalyptic spin on a little floral fiasco. ~ J   It seemed like such a good idea, you know? Just grow this seed […]

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Opening Gambit

Author’s Note – The challenge in my writing group today was “An encounter with a deity.” That’s so close to what we write for the series, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to give readers a little preview of Before the Dawn, Book II in The Arbitratus. We are very close to finishing and I’m […]

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Pool Shark

  There’s something in the water. The thought came with such easy certainty, Roz almost laughed. When she was small she wouldn’t even go in the pool because Sean had told her the pool sharks would eat her. Home from college on summer break, he’d given her shit about it at the breakfast table this […]

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Next Time, Duck

Author’s Note – More May Writing Challenge fun. Not necessarily in cannon, but it could be. Caleb was still half dreaming of how he’d wound up here in an alley flat on his back. The searing pain in his chest convinced him he must be dying. He must’ve said something to that effect because he […]

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Our Frightful Position

The world knew. It had been told again and again. By artists, poets, writers, and madmen. The day would come. In his house, in its undisclosed place with its mythical name, the dead god slumbered, dreaming his dead dreams. Waiting. We should have realized. Nothing waits forever. I was alone when he came for us. […]

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Peace Is A Lie

I really didn’t want to wake up. Well, that actually sounds kind of ominous. I didn’t want to wake up until I’d slept off the hangover I knew was coming my way. But wake up I did. Only to find my head trapped in some, hot, steamy hell of a head covering. I could feel […]

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Shaken By A Strong Wind

The dream had been plaguing me for days. I’d go to bed determined that this night would be different, that I’d break the cycle. But I couldn’t.   I should have paid more attention to what the dream was trying to tell me.   I’m in bed, and at first, I think I’m just waking […]

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Border Planet Blues – Expansion

Author’s Note – Day Two of the May Challenge – Lost in a city.  This started in a mircofic challenge last year, I think it was. Just a snippet that I keep going back to. I’m posting what I originally wrote and the little follow up bit that occurred to me this morning as I was […]

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Something Wicked

Author’s note – I’m participating in a little May Flash Fiction Challenge in a writing group I admin, so I thought it would be fun to share the fruits of that here, since otherwise I’m busy wrapping up Book II, Before the Dawn. Today’s challenge, “Your character gets a threatening letter,” offered me the opportunity […]