I was supposed to be executed. I was up on the scaffold, arms tied behind my back, with everyone all gathered around to watch the beheading of Flats McBrady. I’d never been so popular. The executioner—Rucks, his name was; nice guy really, he and Mabel had three kids—said God-be-with-you and reared back with the axe, … More Execution (5 minutes)
To be clear, I’m including myself in this. It probably looks hilarious to see this in the feed a few blocks away from the “Why I’m Angry” repost I shared back in January. I have thought these things before, but I know I’ve been bad about keeping things in perspective and realizing that things are … More We need to Chill.
[23 minute read, or 4556 words] My lungs were exploding. Hot knives of pain stabbed up my shins with every stride, as my knapsack lurched against my shoulders. My shirt clung to my back, and my suitcoat was making the back of my neck itch like crazy. Behind me, the roll-along suitcase rattled over … More Short story: “Terminal”
Originally posted on Casual thoughts:
I think some of my friends believe I have lost my mind. I’ve always prided myself on how I use social media: engaging with everyone with charity, avoiding the hint of an ad hominem, and carefully limiting my use. I’ve violated all these principles, and more, in recent days. The…
Originally posted on First Line Reader:
Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born. First line in The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson I’m here with another wrap up because somehow September ended. It was a weird month for me blogging-wise. I haven’t had a…
“I’m halfway to the nurse’s office when I hear the gunshots, and my first thought is: I just know I’m going to get blamed for this.” … More Nephilim Protocol publishing update and 1st Chapter
EDIT: So I was wrong about this. Obviously. Hopefully that will be a lesson to me, because I was never so sure of anything in my life. But school reopenings have largely been safe. “No, bro, going viral is easy,” said my little brother. “Oh c’mon,” I scoffed. “If it were easy, companies would reliably … More The Pipe Dream of Reopening In-Person Learning.
I mostly post unfinished stories on here, but this is a fun little drabble that I wrote as a bet of sorts with my students–they gave me a prompt and I wrote a story on it while they were working on their own short stories. None of them actually seemed very interested, but I enjoyed … More Story: The Last English Teacher
The Escape Artists podcast “Cast of Wonders” recently published my short story “Lost in Translation.” It’s probably the longest story I’ve managed to get published yet–which isn’t saying a lot; it’s about 4000 words or so. Give it a listen if you have a spare half-hour, or else you can read through the text, which … More Story/Podcast: “Lost in Translation”
This post is not meant to be shared. I do not intend to post it on Facebook, or Twitter, or any other social media (apart from this blog). I’m just making it to have something down, on record, of how I thought about Trump. I sort of wish I’d made one of these before. I’ve … More For Records Purposes