February 2, 2021

Marty Lester swore quietly at the fire he couldn’t get started. He’d lost track of how long he’d been striking flint against steel, watching the small spray of sparks fall onto his kindling only to die there. He tossed useless tools aside and swore again, louder this time, hurling the mother of all f-bombs at…

January 24, 2021

A day late, but done. Here’s this week’s random story based on Monday’s roll of the story dice. FiveSixSevenEight Hank Paulsen shuffled back and forth along the rows, pushing his little whisk broom ahead of him. He turned his nose up, disgusted by the detritus left behind by the audience for tonight’s performance. “They can…

January 18, 2021

Several years ago, my wife gifted me these lovely story dice in my Christmas stocking. For a visual thinker like me, they’re great tools for busting through writer’s block and story ruts. This year, after a pandemic-induced creativity slump in high gear for far too many months, I’ve decided to use them to get me…

January 6, 2021

I really enjoyed R.S. Belcher’s last outing (2017’s Queen of Swords), but with it’s focus on one character outside of Belcher’s main setting of Golgotha, Nevada, I found myself missing the rest of the cast. Ghost Dance Judgement brings us back into the main story, and there’s *a lot* going on. It dragged a bit…

November 11, 2020

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.” I had expected that after a gap of sixteen years since Susanna Clarke’s thick and engaging tome, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, that we were getting another fantasy of epic size. What arrived last month in the form of Piranesi was just a little under…

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