Pine: new historical flash fiction

Pine  A story set in the Great Depression, when farmers were encouraged to sign on for New Deal benefits, and infrastructure made its way into the hill country.     Continued on Flash Fiction page:    

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (part two)

  A Friend (part two) “Only if I can help you with anything. We’re checking the neighborhood, that’s all. Have you got enough to eat?” “Never mind food,” she said. “Can you hold something for me?” For a moment, she’d weighed this plea. She thought it wasn’t much to ask. She doubted Anton could do […]

Second Are You: Jealous (short story)

Are You Jealous   A package. Gabriel Pinion heard Eva’s voice . . . her put on voice, he called it. She spoke this way to delivery people, sing-song, thanking them, ushering them out the door. He heard the door close, slue into its frame with a rush of air followed by the metallic thunk […]

Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil: Seventh Tattersby

  Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil   When she had been Fiona Medwin Long about the jaw, but fair enough to a man Content to break even on a steady-goer No desire for a flash in the pan Women, though, Dougal says to himself Flash will get them, even the sensible ones Ought she to burn […]

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (short story)

A Friend   Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, anything with the handle or feet off. “That’s good […]

History is Human: Inimical, a novel about process

    Set in the interwar period, Inimical brings heedless English aristocrats to hobnob with German embassy staff at gatherings of the International Peace League, a front organization for the extra-governmental activities of more than one nation. Geoffrey Malcolm-Webb, reporter for the Mirror; agent trusted with disparate assignments, but limited information; Greta Freund, former actress; H. Bruce Van Nest, […]

Her Stay: Haunt of Thieves (book two)

  Her Stay   Water weighs the yoked woman Stooped among refugees crowded here Not threatened by grenades hurled from the sentry box They let this trafficker within the gates She may return Water she bears reached by a path of heel marks Baked in the mud and useless in the rains Such times the […]

The Grand Old Party: Adventures in Research

(Original post dated October 17. 2014) From the NYT September 29, 1880 “Grand Rally at Warren” General Ulysses S. Grant, a man of many scandals, was no longer President of the U.S. as of March, 1877, but continued as a party campaigner. On behalf of Republican candidate James A. Garfield, he gave a speech in Warren, Ohio. […]

History is Human: Inimical, a novel about process

    Set in the interwar period, Inimical brings heedless English aristocrats to hobnob with German embassy staff at gatherings of the International Peace League, a front organization for the extra-governmental activities of more than one nation. Geoffrey Malcolm-Webb, reporter for the Mirror; agent trusted with disparate assignments, but limited information; Greta Freund, former actress; H. Bruce Van Nest, […]

All the Sires: new Flash Fiction

Set in 1950, Sires has naturalist Arbuthnot out of his depth in the cypress swamp, hoping to learn the Ivory-billed lives.   Read all on Flash Fiction page