[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

[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 New Hypothesis for a Better Tomorrow

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day, whether that means you celebrated it or ignored it.  Per usual, if anyone has any feedback to offer on this week's slice of science-fictionish #fridayflash, I'd love to hear it. (Thanks to T for forcing a prompt on me.) Have a good weekend, and don't forget to check … Continue reading [FridayFlash] A New Hypothesis for a Better Tomorrow

[FridayFlash] Happy New Year

One of my goals this year (again) is to write at least 12 short stories, so I'm starting the year off right with the one below.  Can't wait to see what the rest of the #FridayFlash community comes up with for Week 1 of 2013! HAPPY NEW YEAR The old man stroked his long beard.  … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Happy New Year

[FridayFlash] The Muse

I was scrolling through some old photos tonight, looking for something completely different, when I stumbled across this photograph I took in London back in 2010. I remember taking it, thinking it was in desperate need of a story. And so it's finally getting one, though I'm skeptical that this isn't the only tale this … Continue reading [FridayFlash] The Muse