#Graveyard

You’re standing in ice cold and stiff and shiny dress shoes on well-groomed grass under a bright morning sun in an uncomfortable suit listening to a preacher you don’t know talk about someone you loved dearly. You are sweating and cold at the same time. The quiet solemnity surrounding you is at sharp odds with the chaos in your head. It’s the opposite of a hurricane – the calm warm eye of the storm surrounds you, but behind your eyes rages a cat 5, hurling chunks of hail and ripping down signposts you thought would guide you and washing away beliefs you held […]

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#Airlock

You’re standing in the airlock listening to a diminishing hiss. The needle on the pressure meter is still in the green, but not for long. Soon, in minutes, it’ll cross that threshold between green and yellow, and you wonder if you’ll feel uncomfortable. Not worried. Just curious. You’re getting cooler, too. It isn’t cold yet, but you figure you’ll be frozen solid by the time it’s uncomfortably cold. The airlock isn’t large, but big enough for three or four people in puffy EVA suits, so it feels luxuriously spacious now, alone, wearing nothing but jeans and a t-shirt. About the size of your […]

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Cliff jump

You’ve jumped from a cliff, and now gravity has you. It was intentional but you didn’t understand the consequences. You looked out from the lip at a beautiful sunrise and blue sky and a distant horizon and thought, “I want to be a part of that. I can be a part of that.” So you backed away from the edge, about ten steps, and dug in your feet, and then sprinted, hearing an imaginary gun declaring the start of the race. Except you aren’t racing. You’re alone. And you ran flat out and leapt, arms out, reaching, and for a […]

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Fire

I imagine many men are too weak to know the difference between a hot fire necessary for forging something amazing, and just indulging in a hot fire. 

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Dime Store Heroes

When I grew up, the people and roles that were put forth as ‘heroes’ were vetted and limited by media and industry. Tabloid media barely existed, and big name newspapers and tv shows didn’t have to sink to the lowest common denominator in order to compete for readers and viewers, because the number of competitors was a fraction of what it is today. As a result, the bar was higher – media reported on heroes like fireman and astronauts and scientists and police officers and teachers (there were bad things too, of course, but the reporting on those things wasn’t […]

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Full Burn, Soft Landing

Full Burn, Soft Landing is now available! You can get it for free on Wattpad or only 99¢ on Amazon! Or you can download a free PDF from here. Amazon discourages authors from freely distributing their work unless you enroll in their KDP program – but if you do that, the story cannot be available anywhere else. So, not ready to do that yet. It’s a short story about a space freighter pilot and her husband. Comments welcome!

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