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For the Love of a Woman

'For the Love of a Woman' is pretty close to final draft. I am opening it up for commentary here before doing the final polish rewrite.

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He barged into my office without even knocking, the door bouncing off a bookcase and rebounding hard enough to send him staggering for a second. Startled, I jumped out of my seat and spun to face skinny, balding little Michael Swanson, as angry as I have ever seen a man get.

“You did it to Joseph! Didn’t you?”

The Seed

'The Seed' is a short story I wrote a long time ago and published on the web last year, basically to serve as commentary in a blog discussion of God and the Singularity.

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April showers bring May flowers; sometimes they bring darker things as well...

The Story of Mister Rumple Tuggle

This is my current project, and I'm still working on the ending. This one is curious because it's not a narrative, nothing exactly happens. It's a descriptive piece with what I call "meta-conflict". The conflict isn't contained in the story, it's contained in the interaction between the reader and the story. A literary photograph meant to create unrest and discomfort in the reader.


History of the Prayer Accelerators, Pt 1

(From my Blog on January 10 2005: 1st of Three Parts)


Two clouds met and parted. Daniel paused to watch. They seemed to crown the near side of the Narrow's bridge like a Max Flesicher tree yawning over the water, back away from the city's edge.

Everyone Daniel had ever known was dead, but many were also living.

Each night before the sun fell, Daniel wiped his thick hands on his shirt, packed his things into a knapsack, and stepped out to stare at the sky.

Some of my science fiction

A chapter from my story about the end of the world (again).

Glimpses of Infinity

The destruction of the Earth was a high price to pay for proving Einstein Wrong. I know because I saw it happen. Two hours ago I witnessed the end of my world. How?

How could they destroy an entire planet just to prove a theory? And could I yet prevent it from happening? I will find out in the next two hours.

Tomas' Transition

Following, please find a little piece of fiction I concocted.


Tomas woke up with a smile.
“Ah,” he said with some not small degree of delight as he felt the warm sun on his face, shining in through the plexiglass window. “It certainly is wonderful to be alive!” he said. Tomas closed his eyes and stretched in his bed. He contemplated as he wiggled his toes the day before him: it was Tuesday the 26th of June, and he had probably 37.59 minutes before he had to even leave the house.

The Pusher - Prologue

Carl Hoggens was just supposed to be going to a baseball game with his family.
He didn’t know that at the end of the third inning he would get an unexplained, embarrassing and painful erection. Or that in the beginning of the fourth inning he would break three of his fingers when his fist crushed his wife’s cheekbone and jaw, killing her in a rage he doesn’t remember.

And he wasn’t the only one.

Short Story a Week

I've been a big critic of NaNoWriMo in the past. This year, when it came up and my list of friends blogs started obsessing over this gigantic waste of time, I wrote a short perl script that hit Wikipedia and generated a 50,000 word novel in minutes. It didn't make a great deal of sense, but having seen what some people pass off as their "nano", that is obviously not a consideration.

Anyway, I'd like to throw out my current undertaking, with the same goal (getting writing) but without the numerical goal. Something that I think will really tie in nicely with the goals of Oort Cloud.

Rock and Roll! Your Friend in the Trenches

A few thoughts:

One: Great idea! I'm glad you thought of it and not me, because I have too many damn website projects as it is. Nice clean format, too.

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