Fiction

“Makeover” (AUDIO)

Read on the Blood & Jazz Podcast by Last Girls Club “What are we doing with this one?” asked Janine, Bernard’s uncertified surgical assistant. The Sculpting Clinic was world known, at least in certain, whispering circles. Clients were mostly women, but men came in too—not that the clinic’s services came cheap for any body. Patients…

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“Not Yet”

Published by 50-Word Stories (fiftywordstories.com) *** Where the creek bends is as good a place as any, pills in your pocket, short note signed. Cold in January, lonely too, but that feels right. Until you notice those bare stalks are forsythia, dried seed heads—rudbeckia? Ironweed? And you think you can wait, like them, for spring.

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“A Bargain at Twice the Price”

Published by Etched Onyx Magazine by Onyx Publications. Honorable Mention in the Winter Contest, 2021. Onyx Publications If you had known Beth would leave two months after the closing date, you never would have bought the shoebox starter home on Oak View Drive in a sleepy commuter town with one shitty pizza joint and two…

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“Bait & Switch”

Published by 50-Word Stories (fiftywordstories.com). *** “Fortunes, ten dollars,” the jeweled crone had croaked. “Your future awaits. Take my hands; you’ll see.” You ducked into the dim tent. Carnivals were such a gas. A year has come and gone, but still you sit—hawking the same vague promise, waiting for someone to take your outstretched hands.

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Hello, Little Seed

Young children’s picture book/Nursery Rhyme Illustrated by Dakota Marquardt Find this published work on Amazon | Amazon Profile Follow the journey of this Little Seed, told in frolicking free verse and beautiful watercolor illustrations. What will this Little Seed grow up to be? As it is for your own beloved Little Seeds, the sky is…

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“Rockets”

Published by Neworld Review, Vol. 11 Number 76 (NewWorldReview.net). *** We ate charred hotdogs and yesterday’s leftovers at the picnic table on Grandma’s covered patio. It smelled like rain even in bright weather. Rot had seeped into the thin layered wood of the awning and up the legs of the paint-chipped table. I chewed my…

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“Stations”

Published on redbirdchapbooks.org. *** Inside the broken-necked chapel, kneeling in the debris of other people’s faith, she held up a stained glass fragment outlining Mary’s perfect suffering. “I could be like this for you,” she said. “I could mourn you so hard it would bring you back.” I saw her then, in blue, lips bit…

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“Recall”

Published by Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks. *** When constituents expressed, via text message and Facebook, the desire to speak directly to one another even less, the government helpfully stepped in. “It’s sort of like the Electoral College,” the President explained, via Tweet. “Or the Fifth Amendment.” They sold mandated Mood Skin™ at…

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