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Duessa, Part 10 of 12

This is the tenth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous nine here. It was a different bed, her twin-size from high school. The ratty comforter she’d sewn herself from the most beautiful cloth she’d […]

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Duessa, Part 9 of 12

This is the ninth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous eight here. The next instant she opened her eyes, she was on the floor of the mirror room.  Dizzy, leg changing color– eyes […]

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Duessa, Part 8 of 12

This is the eighth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous seven here. Now all that remained was to dress.  Alas, that was no mean feat. First she bathed herself in a potion brewed […]

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Duessa, Part 7 of 12

This is the seventh installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous six here. Lacking a solution to either the problem of the candles or the problem of the lizard (she could feel that its […]

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Duessa, Part 6 of 12

This is the sixth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous five here. She found herself again on the floor and stood. She felt stronger through the next few crossings, though the candles grew dim, […]

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Duessa, Part 5 of 12

This is the fifth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous four here. Her next detour took place as she was tired and chilled. She stumbled, and, half-willingly, glanced to the side (the candlelight […]

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Duessa, Part 4 of 12

This is the fourth installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. See the previous three here. When she opened her eyes she was facing the same way, looking at the same reflections of reflections, backs and fronts, […]

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Duessa, Part 3 of 12: Fiction for Christmas

This is the third installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’m posting a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. The previous two are here and here. The air was much colder, and the flame of the candle shrank. She kept her hand on the cold, damp […]

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Duessa, Part 2 of 12: Fiction for Christmas

This is the second installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’ll post a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. In other news, note that my website now has a static writing section with samples from a three of my bigger projects. A fire, low and […]

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Duessa, Part 1 of 12: Fiction for Christmas

This is the first installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory (of sorts). I’ll post a new installment on each of the twelve days of Christmas, wrapping up on January 5th. Lights out, door shut.  Silence and solitude.  Lump of sleeping husband gone, perhaps forever; wisp of child unsleeping in bed. Colors drifted around the insides of the […]