[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] A Familiar Gift

Figured I'd better start gearing up for NaNoWriMo, so here's a short (and quickly written) dose of Halloween fiction. Please enjoy, & don't forget to visit the rest of the #fridayflash community! A FAMILIAR GIFT When the man arrived at my doorstep, I barely glanced at him. “Can I help you?” I asked.  I wanted … Continue reading [FridayFlash] A Familiar Gift

[#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

[FridayFlash] Pumpkins, Cornstalks, and Mums for Sale

It's been a long time since I regularly participated in #FridayFlash, but we've got just three Fridays left 'til NaNoWriMo, so it seems like a good time to jump back in and warm up my fingers for prose. If you're new to #FridayFlash, the goal is to write a story of less than 1,000 words … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Pumpkins, Cornstalks, and Mums for Sale

[short fiction] The Cupbearer (Plus a Quick Update & a Spooky Image)

It's amazing what can happen in the span of six weeks. In the past three days alone, I've seen family I hadn't seen in years, watched my sister get married, survived two hours in 4-inch heels, shouted an f-bomb at some poor person on the other end of an accidental dial, mourned the murder of … Continue reading [short fiction] The Cupbearer (Plus a Quick Update & a Spooky Image)

[short fiction] Hobo

He knew they meant well, but he was beyond caring.  They looked so disappointed when he refused their good deed, but he never had any trouble finding his own food.  All he wanted was a goddamn pack of cigarettes.  He watched them walk away with the sandwiches and bottled water they’d offered him, heads turned … Continue reading [short fiction] Hobo

[FridayFlash] Jack and Jill

There are a number of fascinating Halloween legends out there, and I knew I wanted to write a story about this one.  I found the opportunity when, a couple of weeks ago, my sister, inspired by Tim Burton's sketches from Sweeney Todd, sketched a spooky image of her own.  I loved it immediately, and I … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Jack and Jill