"You make so much trouble for him," Mrs Journ scolded the three female warriors who collapsed into chairs of various tables around the empty dining area of her small inn. With her braided hair bound tall in a silver mountain, the proprietress shook a large wooden spoon at each of them. "You should be ashamed … Continue reading For the Quest!
A Surprise Among the Scraps
I spent a little time this afternoon going through old word documents to delete, move, and rename things in order to make my files easier to navigate. More specifically, I scrolled through for files the titles of which gave no helpful clue as to what could possibly be inside, and then took care of those. … Continue reading A Surprise Among the Scraps
Nico grabbed a tightly coiled blue longe line from a shelf in the tack room of Wild Lime Stables. "He doesn't belong here," he said. Bonnie, the owner of the facility, shouldered two sets of reins and shrugged. "I got the impression that the new groom's a quick learner, hard worker, and team player with … Continue reading Warming Up
The distant crackle of tissue paper turned Eric’s head. From where he stood in the kitchen with Dr. Volkow, he saw his mother emerge from her bedroom with several red gift bags, each bristling with a jarring rainbow of tissue paper. “Eric, Abram!" She arranged the bags on the dining room table. "When you’re through, come … Continue reading Evil’s Silence
Sitting across from his mother, Eric Hardwood (aka superhero "Waveform") focused on suppressing the tremor in his hand as he forked a steamed broccoli floret. Hours ago, he had defused a deadly crisis at the reactor facility---or rather, what had been staged to appear to be a deadly crisis to everyone but the actors involved. … Continue reading Evil’s Entrance
I SAT HUDDLED beneath a blanket in the cockpit of a sloop. The sloop, a sailboat with a single mast, was tethered to a bustling pier used primarily by large working vessels on a puny stopover port of an island. Around dusk the night prior, a sturdy passenger ship called The Maribel had sunk in … Continue reading Mermaid Purses
Free Writing – April 2021
I occasionally free write fiction when I have the urge to write but also have a mental/creative block that prevents me from getting any further on my current projects. Below is a free write that began as a random character pair up of a strong man/enforcer and a college student/barista in a place where their … Continue reading Free Writing – April 2021
In the garden center of a home improvement store, two young women browsed an assortment of fruit trees. One stopped to pick up a quaint banana tree in a black grower’s pot. “Another tree?” Her brunette friend laughed. “Dude, soon you’re gonna have a whole grove.” The woman with the tree shrugged. “Growing herbs and … Continue reading Arbor Dog
Along the Trail
Rory Moss reached the high point in the wooded mountain trail, winded from covering 5km of uneven terrain in record time, however he hardly noticed the weight of the pack on his back or burn in his legs as he glared ahead at a group of five hikers, four of whom were armed and wore … Continue reading Along the Trail
The End Note: I was doodling in my sketchpad today just for practice and the above sequence happened. It took maybe a hour (maybe) from start to finish --- from pencil doodles, to stupidly laughing at self (because it's probably not all that funny, but I found it hilarious), and then pouncing on my art … Continue reading Minced Words!