Free Stories

Collected here as an easy reference for you to peruse and muse over. Dates of publication are in parentheses next to the link.

THE CONFABULATOR CAFE (ongoing - monthly flash fictions)

The Cafe is a gathering of other writers I've met in town and most still live here. Each month we take the same prompt and write about 1000 words to tell a story. This will update with every new story that goes up. When there art two links, the first is the prompt and more links to all the Cafe tales. The second link goes directly to my story. Check 'em all out, though. We're a good group of writers.

D.M. (S.R.) (May 6, 2016) - A case of mistaken identity. Yes, the title came from the Prince song.

The Book (April 17, 2015) - Will humanity be able to achieve world peace? Moira will have to find out.

Closure (February 20, 2014) - Erik is in the Waiting Room and doesn't remember how he got there. Until he does.

The Night of Many Names (January 23, 2014) - A man describes his initiation into the world of The Builders.

Composure (December 26, 2013) - a wounded alien is held captive by three people who may not be who they seem.

Timber - (June 14, 2013) A man fulfills his brother's dying wish. Another Builders story.

The Builders - (May 17, 2013) in the same world as "Sensitive" and "A Delicate Man".  Who's building the Great Houses?

Sensitive - (April 19, 2013) tangentially related to the Straeon Manor story "A Delicate Man".

Conned - Based on Actual Events (March 1, 2013) Where I'm inexplicably mistaken for Kevin Smith.

Straeon Manor A Delicate Man upstairs guest bedroom 2037 (December 21, 2012)

Broken Contract - Fairytale Retelling of Jack & the Beanstalk (January 25, 2013)

The Things Which Must Be Done... part 2 (October 29, 2012)

Dark Carnival - The Things Which Must Be Done... part 1 (October 26, 2012)

Revenge! -  What Is Best In Life (September 28, 2012)

Inspired Stories - Culvert (August 31, 2012)

Straeon Manor - QED: upstairs library 1955 (August 3, 2012)

Campfire Stories - The Death Ranger (June 29, 2012)

Cooking and Dreams - If You Could Invite Anyone To a Dinner Party, Who Would You Ask? (June 1, 2012)

Worth a Thousand Words - "Lyla" (March 30, 2012)




THE LONG RANGE 
This was my first online experiment - a monthly story told in weekly installments. Each story (thirteen in all) connected about halfway through and told a larger tale of a world filled with magic, monsters, and a demon trying to subvert reality. Each link takes you to the first part of the story and at the end of each installment is a direct link to the next part. At the end of the fourth part is a link to the next story in the cycle.

Teller (June 2009) A man goes on a journey to a castle on a river to find himself.

Disconnect (July 2009) A mysterious sculpture appears in a park and no one knows what it is or where it came from.

Deeper the Well (August 2009) In the future anyone who doesn't meet the standards of society is imprisoned in a ghetto where anything can happen.

The Receivers (September 2009) Four boys find a piece of space junk that affects the rest of their lives.

Two Hands (October 2009) A love story between a mechanic and a librarian that goes places neither would have expected.

The Insulated Man (November 2009) He doesn't know why he's stuck in a house crammed full to bursting with books, and he doesn't know why something is coming to take him away from it.

...Like They Are (December 2009) A dark-eyed man is hired to find a missing wife and the trail leads straight to Hell.

Don't Take Me Alive (January 2010) A terrorist threatens The Well and Frank has to stop him because almost no one on the outside gives a damn.

Sender (February 2010) Armstrong Story is more than he appears to be but when he's asked to hold something for a friend, he ends up in deeper water than he's ever been.

A Monster in Repose (March 2010)

Honest Work (April 2010)

Soul Stripper (May 2010)

Reader (June/July 2010)

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