Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

Flash Fiction – Echo

For the Daily Prompt – Echo The phone was face up and flashing strange colors and messy squiggle shapes that vibrated across the screen.  All she had done was try to send a text message.  A very important text message. Vanessa slammed her phone down onto the table and swore.  A brand new Nine, with all the updates.  A line of phones that had never expressed the Bug before. Nothing she’d read before buying had mentioned the Bug finally getting to her preferred phone brand. Deep breath.  Fine. She glanced down at the mess of notes scattered across the kitchen table.  It was 3am and she’d already been up for an hour… Read More

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Flash Fiction – Faded

The earthquake trembled through the bones of the prairie.  Jack pumps shivered, and to the east the wind towers swayed almost too far. The moon was pale and half-formed, silently drifting behind long streamers of silver cloud. A coyote leaped back from her dinner of jackrabbit, teeth bared at the ground, which had not stopped shaking.  She stood on a humped ridge of limestone that jutted out of the field.  Soft stones began to slide down the exposed side of the ridge, and cracks appeared in the layered rock.  She yelped as the small cliff began to collapse, and leapt away, landing hard on the flat ground and bruising a… Read More

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Mozzarella Sticks and Motivational Cats

I’m being driven mad by a craving for mozzarella sticks and it is a very confusing experience.  I may have to get some sort of fried appetizer tonight when we see Suicide Squad. I spent last night drinking beer and spitting out the first draft of a 2,000 word piece of flash fiction for Chuck Wendig’s weekly challenge.  Today I learned that I have to let such a thing sit for a day or two; I know what the story needs, but could not push my brain to do those things just yet. The good thing about that is that I have now proven to myself that I can in… Read More

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