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Josep+Paloma

Paris is Raining Water is raining down Montmartre, rivulets leaking to the Seine. Josep feels like a martyr, the slow torture of wet feet. The stitching of his leather shoes is rotting; that’s the kind of winter it has been. … Continue reading

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The Obituary Writer

Chapter 1 It was the kind of small town, and the kind of small-town newspaper, where people still read the obituaries. And he was the last real obituary writer; instead of replacing him, they turned the job over to funeral … Continue reading

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A drabble is a 100-word short fiction piece

And here’s one I had published last year at “The Drabble” WordPress site. I have a new one going up there today, was looking for it, couldn’t find it yet, and saw this one from the summer… Enjoy (opens in … Continue reading

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Metaphorically

There was no one to tell when he realized he had built his life piece by patient piece like a ship in a bottle. It was quite a thing to put on a shelf and admire, but he was never … Continue reading

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Decadence

The irresistible attraction of the shimmer of evil was his mantra, wedged between his conscious and unconscious minds, between his essential self and the world around him like a thin latex sheath, a kind of mental prophylaxis, and he could … Continue reading

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Sweetgrass

He drove the rusty pickup west, cooler on the passenger seat and spit can between his knees, past all the towns that start with B, to her cabin on that little trout stream west of Missoula. The had met last … Continue reading

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Mantis religiosa

“So, what exactly do you do, then, at the greenhouse?” He was not so good at small talk on first dates. His usual strategy was to order a bottle of wine, ask a few questions, nod and smile. “Mostly plant … Continue reading

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