Category Archives: Creative writing

With One Eye Closed

Each day I am tormented when I search the newspaper obituary column and find you unlisted. I am afraid to leave my apartment: you could be everywhere. I check and double-check the six locks bolted to my splitting wooden door. Then, with one eye closed I stealthily peek through my hole in the fraying yellow […]
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Hammer Meets Nail

So, a hammer walks into The Nutz & Boltz Tavern after a tough day on the job site. The bartender leans over the bar. “What’ll it be, Hambo?” “Gimme a Rusty Nail, Mack,” he replied. “And keep ’em comin’!” “Rough day, huh? You look beat.” Mack observed as he built Ham’s drink. Ham tried to shrug […]
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The Book of Samuel

  There was pregnant pause fit for an ellipsis at the Plath Institute for the Punctuationally Perplexed. Apostrophes dangled in mid-air—like modifiers—pondering their functions. Were they in for possession, or did their presence suggest a multitude of charges? Commas found themselves scattered, unsure of where to go and how many of them were necessary. Meanwhile, the semi-colons, colons and em-dashes jockeyed for position in the […]
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The Staff

Joe salivated, imagining what the staff might serve tonight. Lobster Thermidor, a Porterhouse steak… A gong sounds. The guard, Nguyen Trai, slips a half bowl of cold rice between the bamboo bars, as he’d done every evening for the last seven years.  

After Stavros

 *** By all accounts, he was a bad idea: √ Charming √ Chick magnet √ Functioning alcoholic √ Commitment-shy. These dubious qualities are exactly what provided Kiera with the impetus for her pursuit. They always had. His velvet brown eyes sparkled silver when he smiled and listened intently to whatever nonsense his customers spewed. Every so often he’d glance her way […]
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