Gaze at my eyes. What do you see? The sunny amounts of happiness will first warm your heart. But then, you’ll be able to tell. Because only time will tell, shedding layers of my fake life. The dark, deep midnight of the core of my soul can be seen from …Read More »
Sean MacEntee “Empathy” Creative Commons A few years ago I went to visit a friend I’d not seen in a while to say a quick hello on my way to a lunch. I was dressed in my favorite jeans and top, and I even wore makeup and managed to blow-dry …Read More »
» Because I Haven’t Got the Legs for Dancing by Mike Calahan Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
Why do I write? Content continues after advertisement I’ve been asked to explain this on more than one occasion, often in a Yuletide forum by relatives who want only what’s best for me. These questions are presented with a roll of the eye or an unassuming furrowed brow and often …Read More »
photo adapted / Horia Varlan For an outsider, life is a lock to be picked. It’s human nature to want in, and gain the acceptance that will let us rest easy in our skins. Outsiders become keen observers of how the walls between them and others are built, and how …Read More »
Bob lit up a smoke, and wondered what was next. He had been sitting there all day in front of the computer, pretending to do other things, putting off actually having to be creative. Which was strange considering, the thing he desired most was to be truly creative. Content continues …Read More »
Masha and the Bear by Meg Hunt A few weeks ago, Dave King posted a marvelous piece here concerning lessons to be learned about creating surprise by analyzing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically his Fantasia and Fugue in A minor. In the comments following the piece, I remarked …Read More »
» Snippet of a Peace Among Fools by Sabrina Walls Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
Such a shame, a brilliant mind like that. So sad he’ll never talk again. What a grand life he led, full of promise â until the accident. Damn fools. All of them. Accident indeed! Had but one of them truly paid attention, he would have known that nothing I do …Read More »
Last November I wrote over 50,000 words of a new novel and won my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you on the fence about participating this year? Do you have the same skeptical reaction I did every year? Let this post provide catharsis for your worries and guidance …Read More »
» Whisper of a River Nearby by Jeff Tannen Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
For the third night in a row she wakes up with stomach pains, her lower abdomen cramping up as if something were twisting her insides. She throws an arm over the side of the bed, feeling around in the darkness for the plastic wastebasket she put there before she lay …Read More »
Book covers are influential. When I saw Abbie Hoffmanâs Steal This Book in the store, I stole it immediately. (Abbie, thank you for not titling your book Eat Your Poop.) I’ve been motivated and moved by cover artistry many times, so much so Iâve paid for books about which I …Read More »