“Windowless UFO” – Substack

A student film distracts a woman applying to jobs. “Windowless UFO” a short story now on Substack. My health, I found out, is more important. Yes, I know what most of you on here will say: “You could have better health with a job.” And you’re right. But I don’t care about “amazing perks orContinue reading ““Windowless UFO” – Substack”

“Cash In the Past” Quarterfinalist for ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story on Substack

“Cash In the Past” is now available on Substack. Two gameshow contestants untangle their pasts. This month’s story is a quarterfinalist for the 2024 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. Your book purchases and paid Substack subscriptions helped cover the submission fee—thank you. And while you’re on Substack, sign up as a subscriber. My fiction and updatesContinue reading ““Cash In the Past” Quarterfinalist for ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story on Substack”

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short-Story Competition and Pepper’s Ghost Second Edition

My short story “Cash In the Past” is a quarterfinalist for the 2024 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short-Story Competition. Also: Pepper’s Ghost second edition available 22 February 2024. And while you’re there, sign up as a subscriber. My fiction and updates reach your inbox once a month. I love sharing extraordinary stories (fiction short and long) aboutContinue reading “ScreenCraft Cinematic Short-Story Competition and Pepper’s Ghost Second Edition”

Year-End Goals and Joys, Pepper’s Ghost Second Edition, and Advance Readers’ Copies

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Happy Halloween: “Christ Air” on Substack. Plus: Pepper’s Ghost second edition update.

A mother retrieves her son’s birthday gift from diabolical hands. I compose myself and follow the route my map suggests and stand under a sign shaped like a fist jammed into a pig’s backside. The metal gate creaks open, and out steps a family of four dressed in black except for the daughter dressed likeContinue reading “Happy Halloween: “Christ Air” on Substack. Plus: Pepper’s Ghost second edition update.”

Pepper’s Ghost Second Edition, 2024 Coverfly’s ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition, and Inroads on hoopla

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“Daymark” – Substack

A woman faces her fear while photographing the Outer Banks. She steps inside the door cut into the lighthouse’s red base and slides over for visitors stepping off or onto the staircase spiraling up toward the keeper’s quarters and beacon. A ranger notes the one-million bricks used for building the lighthouse, summer temperatures inside canContinue reading ““Daymark” – Substack”