[FridayFlash] Sleeping Beauty’s Secret

For my first #fridayflash story of 2014, I'm taking part in Chuck Wendig's Fairytales Remixed challenge (subgenre: "grimdark fantasy").  I actually already had this story in mind when his post popped up, so apparently it was fate.  Or at least good motivation to actually get the words out of my brain and into the world. … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Sleeping Beauty’s Secret

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[FridayFlash] Time is Money

It's the last Friday of the year, which is hard to believe. Thanks to the #fridayflash community for helping me keep up the writing, at least sporadically, during my Evolutionary Year. TIME IS MONEY Henry couldn’t see what all the fuss was about time, but he was bound and determined to find some.  Being only five … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Time is Money

[FridayFlash] Early Retirement

EARLY RETIREMENT He wasn't scheduled for retirement until the end of the universe, but he was just so damn tired. The world was very different than when he'd started.  Expectations had grown and grown and grown until he could no longer keep up with the demand placed upon him by his customers. When he first … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Early Retirement

[FridayFlash] Santa Doesn’t Sweat

SANTA DOESN'T SWEAT The manager sighed as he watched the bead of sweat drip off the old man’s nose. “Let’s get some air on him,” he hollered at the woman dressed as an elf. She scurried over to the fan and pointed it at the bearded man in the red suit.  Santa doesn’t sweat.  He … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Santa Doesn’t Sweat

[FridayFlash] Jack Frost’s Greatest Achievement

JACK FROST'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT People only think of wintry weather when they hear my name, but year by year, I’ve been expanding my reach. I first had the thought back in the 1950s, but it took a decade or so to wrap my icy tendrils around the first few black hearts. The first Black Friday was … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Jack Frost’s Greatest Achievement

[FridayFlash] Guardian

Here's a bit of #FridayFlash one day early for Halloween. To those of you partaking in the grand adventure that is NaNoWriMo, best of luck & see you on the other side! GUARDIAN The cat had wandered into her yard again. She had tried everything -- coffee grounds, citrus peels, cayenne pepper, even moth balls. … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Guardian

[FridayFlash] A Place to Outlast

A PLACE TO OUTLAST My laptop bag tugging my left shoulder out of alignment set off a litany of complaints in my mind as I stood in the baggage check line at the airport.  Another trip to another grand city, where the only landmarks I'd see would be in a blur from the taxi window … Continue reading [FridayFlash] A Place to Outlast