[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] Hansel & Gretel, On Second Thought

For the record, I did actually write this last Thursday during a layover on my way to Austin. Alas, I had zero time to get it posted last week, so it gets this week's slot — the last #FridayFlash before NaNoWriMo! Crazy stuff! If you're in the mood for more Halloween/Horror-themed stories, check out my … Continue reading [#FridayFlash] Hansel & Gretel, On Second Thought

[short fiction] Contained Heart™

For the first time in months, Sheila could breathe easy.  The physically inexplicable knot of nerves and emotions that caused the ever-present ache in the pit of her stomach was gone.  She touched the little box inside her pocket and smiled. She’d thought it would be bigger.  How could something capable of causing so much … Continue reading [short fiction] Contained Heart™

[short fiction] Fire

I know autumn is coming when my thoughts turn gleefully toward the macabre.  I was given an impromptu writing prompt by a friend, which on the surface seemed wildly out of my wheelhouse due to its seemingly comedic bent.  Well, my brain somehow managed to turn it into the story that follows.  To my friend, … Continue reading [short fiction] Fire

[FridayFlash] Seeming is Believing

Noticed one of these this week and found myself grinning back. SEEMING IS BELIEVING The child sat on the curb at the corner of two flower-named streets, waiting for her bus.  As the snow came down, coating everything in white to contrast the last vestiges of the black night, she fumed.  Even at the young … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Seeming is Believing