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Twitter Stories

Twitter Stories

The shopkeep stuffed a pigeon into a parakeet cage. Coos changed into sweet chirps. "Never let it out of its cage," he warned his customers. Ed wondered why he never saw baby pigeons. He found a rocky seashore, where round stones glowed in the moonlight. He never saw the sunrise. All around the world, pigeons […]

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremo...

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremony Part 3

Jim zoned out a little during the speeches.  He listened while Ronnie’s dad got up and talked for a while about the purpose of the colony–about exploration and the indomitable human spirit.  It was the same sort of thing that Ronnie’s dad always went on about.  Jim’s lips twitched.  He really liked Ronnie’s dad.  But […]

Art Critics

Art Critics

Pigeons crowded the sill outside of Sally’s window.  They cooed and pecked at the glass until Sally couldn’t ignore them any longer.  She flung the window open, and the bird scattered.  They regrouped and swooped into Sally’s office.  "What do you want?" she asked.  They just stared at her with their unblinking orange eyes.  Sally […]

Twitter Stories

Twitter Stories

Molly watched as the sun grew small behind them. She was never going to feel its heat again. She missed it more than she missed her family.  The AI woke Seth. It said it needed his help, and it kept him busy with little projects for years. When he died, it woke another companion.  The […]

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremo...

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremony Part 2

Mrs. Morgan looked taller without Jim’s dad towering over her.  And she looked pretty in her pink-flower dress and pearls.  And Jim looked very solemn in his suit.  Ronnie grinned and waved.  Jim waved back.  Ronnie’s mom had redecorated the cafeteria for the ceremony.  The tables had been stashed somewhere, and the chairs were lined […]

Story up!

Story up!

One of my twitter stories has been reprinted by trapeze magazine.  Is very exciting!  Go check them out.  They do good work.  

The Workshop

The Workshop

This is going to be a really long post.   I spent the last two weeks in Lawrence, Kansas, attending the Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.  James Gunn led the workshop, with help from Chris McKitterick.  My experience was mixed, but overall, I’m glad that […]

Homesick

Homesick

The Earth still looked beautiful from the moon.  Kari stood on the lunar surface and stared up at it.  She started to run, accelerating in long bounding jumps.  It wasn’t hard in the low gravity, even at her age.  When she was going as fast and jumping as high as she could, she looked up […]

Twitter Stories

Twitter Stories

 Allie had no idea why her cousin put cowboys and Indians in his magic cupboard. It was obvious to her that they needed dinosaurs. The children reached the next step in evolution. After their minds expanded, they voted to bring back the dinosaurs and outlaw homework. They thought the creatures in the ice were aliens, […]

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremo...

Martian Adventures: The Naming Ceremony Part 1

Jim stuffed his tie in his pocket.  Ronnie’s mom could help him with it.  He crept out of his room and into the dark kitchen.  Just a few more steps, and he’d be out.  "James?" His mom flicked the light on.  "What are you doing up this early?  And why are you wearing a suit?"  […]

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