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Putting off Something New till next Sunday—winter story instead

I’ve had a busy week—working extra around the holiday to cover for coworkers’ travel, spending time with visiting family, etc.—and I haven’t gotten through my Something New post (the annotations to This Wasted Land). Instead, I’ll share a creepy winter short story. I shall tell you a story now. There is nothing I like so well as […]

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Falling Dreams

Another 30-minute story fragment written for writing group. I believe the prompt involved falling from very high into a hole. I hope you enjoy it! Falling dreams. I’m weird, see–I like them. And so I liked this, in some demented way, underneath the chatter of horror at what had happened to the plane. I’d just […]

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Duessa, Part 12 of 12

This is the twelfth and final installment of Duessa, a 12,000-word allegory. The rest can be found here. Thank you for reading and happy New Year! This woman on the other side of the glass must be the one he had thought she was, the one whose body she had taken. Thinking of him, she thought, What […]

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Duessa, Part 11 of 12

This is the eleventh 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 ten here. After shedding a few tears, she set herself moving toward the brighter lights  Now she found two people in the mirrors, alternating. […]

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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 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, […]