FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: The Hand That Wields (The Final Cut)

This blog post was created for Chuck Wendig’s FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: THE FOUR-PART STORY (FINAL PART).

The basic idea is that everyone who is involved this week will wrap up stories other writers developed in the previous three weeks.

I chose to finish to the short story The Hand That Wields started by Matthew X. Gomez and extended by lisoeta1 and then Cameron Mount. If you click on the aforementioned author’s names, you’ll be able to read part one, two, and three of the story on the respective authors’ blogs. I’ve also included the entire text of the story below. My additions start under the heading Part Four.


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Part One


“Wake up Otto! Visitor here to see you.”

Otto rolled over on his pallet, cracking one reddened eye open. “Why would anyone come see me?” he mumbled, his tongue heavy from sleep. Sitting up, he opened his other eye and scratched at his tangled beard.

The guard shrugged. “They don’t tell me these things. All I know is the magistrate said to let them see you. So I’m letting them.”

Otto grinned through the iron bars of his cell, revealing teeth filed to points. “Some days I’m surprised to find anyone even remembers I’m down here.” Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: WASTELAND (PARTS ONE TO THREE)

This blog post was created for Chuck Wendig’s FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: THE FOUR-PART STORY (PART THREE).

The basic idea is that everyone who is involved this week will extend stories other writers developed in the previous two weeks, and that those stories extend this week may be expanded upon in the next week.

I chose to add to the short story Wasteland started by Angela Cavanaugh and extended by Kristian Thoroughgood. If you click on the aforementioned author’s names, you’ll be able to read part one and two of the story on Angela’s and Kristian’s wordpress blogs, respectively. I’ve also included the entire text of both authors’ works below. My additions to the story start under the heading Part Three.

Should anyone choose to further extend this story, I’ll update my blog to include their additions and links to their content. Similarly, any author who further extends this story may feel free to repost my additions on their site and/or link back to it.


Edit: Matthew X. Gomez decided to pick up the story where I left off. My thanks go out to him for his time and effort! You can find his blog where he posted all four parts of this story here. Also, I’ve updated this posting so that her addition appears under the heading Part Four.


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Part One


They didn’t count on me surviving. Of course, if those fools could do anything right then I wouldn’t be walking through a desert right now. The once green ground is now completely scorched, and I haven’t seen the remains of a building for miles. The only upside is the clouds. Those fallout clouds block out what would otherwise be an intense noon sun. Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING (PARTS ONE AND TWO)

This blog post was created for Chuck Wendig’s FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: THE FOUR-PART STORY (PART TWO).

The basic idea is that this week everyone involved will extend other writers stories from week one, and that those extended stories will be expanded upon in the next two weeks.

I chose to extend the short story Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Peter MacDonald/pikabot. If you click on the aforementioned link, you’ll be able to read part one on Peter’s tumbr blog. I’ve also included the entire text of Peter’s work below, save the very last line. I omitted that line because I think its absence helps with flow and pacing. My additions to the story start under the heading Part Two.

Should anyone choose to further extend this story, I’ll update my blog to include their additions and links to their content. Similarly, any author who further extends this story may feel free to repost my additions on their site and/or link back to it.


Edit 1: Casondra Brewster/CaszABrew decided to pick up the story where I left off. My thanks go out to her for her time and effort! You can find her blog where she posted all three parts of this story here. Also, I’ve updated this posting so that her addition appears under the heading Part Three.

Edit 2: John Freeter and Alice E. Keyes decided to pick up the story where Casandra left off and finish the story off. Thank you both! You can find John’s website where he posted his last installment of this story here and Alice’s website where she posted her last installment of this story here. Also, I’ve updated this posting so that his addition appears under heading Part Four A and her addition under head Part Four Bee.


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Part One


The snow was up to Jake’s knees and still wasn’t quite done falling. While most of the snowfall had passed, there were still a handful of wayward flakes drifting down from the heavens, belatedly joining their brothers and sisters on the ground. It was the first real snowfall of the year, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last; before the month was out, the passes leading into the mountains he called home would be completely blocked up, and he would be alone until the spring thaw. Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: UNLOCKING GODHOOD (PART ONE)

This blog post was created for Chuck Wendig’s FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: THE FOUR-PART STORY (PART ONE).

The basic idea is that this week everyone involved will start a story, and that those stories will be expanded upon by other writers in the following three weeks.

Should anyone choose to further extend this story, I’ll update my blog to include their additions and links to their content. Similarly, any author who further extends this story may feel free to repost my additions on their site and/or link back to it.


Edit 1: Alice E. Keyes decided to extend the story I started writing. My thanks go out to her for her time and effort! You can find her blog where she posted both parts of this story here. Also, I’ve updated this posting so that her addition appears under the heading Part Two. The only functional changes I made to her work before reposting it were some minor edits for consistent verb tense usage.

Edit 2: Both Matthew X. Gomez and Addy decided to pick up the story where Alice left off. I’m quite honored that so many people have decided to contribute to a story I started writing, and my thanks go out to them! You can find Matthew’s blog where he posted the first two parts of this story and his addition here, and you can find Addy’s blog with the first two parts of this story and his/her addition here. Also, I’ve updated this posting so that Matthew’s addition appears under the heading Part Three A. and Addy’s addition appears under heading Part Three Bee. The only functional changes I have made to either work are some minor edits for consistent third person perspective usage in Part Three Bee.


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Part One


The cube weighed a ton. Ok, maybe not an actual ton; but it was heavy for something its size. Standing only three inches tall, it weighed as much as the Gott family’s three and a half foot long Maine Coon: eighteen pounds. Arduously, Sophia placed the intricate puzzle box onto her desk; and the cheap, particle board groaned in protest.

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Background of the World of Unlocking Godhood

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I do a lot of world building when I write a story – even if it is as short as 1000 words. Since my most recent composition (Unlocking Godhood) is potentially a work of collaborative fiction, I figured I’d share a little bit about that world – at least as I initially envisioned it.

The story takes more or less now-ish, in the near future, or recent past. The majority of the world is very similar to our own on the surface, but potentially very different deep under the hood.

I apologize if the following material feels a little rushed or uneven. Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: EROTIC VAMPIRE DISASTER PORN

WARNING: The following blog post may contain strong language and imagery that may not be suitable for, well, anyone.


This blog post/story is my response to Chuck Wendig’s FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: THE SUBGENRE BLENDER. The challenge was to pick two subgenres at random and write a story that blended together both subgenre conventions. I rolled Vampire Erotica and Disaster Porn. I tried my best.


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Hundreds of bright orange streaks filled the dawn sky as the first meteors started to fall to earth. For now, they would land safely in the Atlantic ocean; but soon they would start peppering the cities on the East Coast of North America. Worse, they were just harbingers for what was to come. Continue reading

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My Favorite 3 Superheroes and Villains

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Every year, someone on Comic Vine inevitably decides to hold a vote to try to determine the most popular superheroes and villains. Whenever these votes are held, I tend to end up spending way to much time trying to figure out just who would be in my to 5, 10, 100, or however many ever person long list is being created.

While it may seem superficially silly, comic superheroes and villains are, in many ways, modern, and mostly American, mythology. The superheroes and villains that individuals find interesting or important has quite a bit to say both the individuals that select them and, when aggregated, about the social group to which those individuals belong.

While there are many super powered characters I like and I could have longer lists, I decided to stick to my top three superheroes and villains in this blog. In all honesty, when I rattle off 60 characters in popularity votes, I feel like I’m largely padding my favorites with characters I think are important or deserve recognition (but I don’t connect with), or who aren’t really heroes or villains.

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