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“Killer Details” at 50-Word Stories

moonTelling a complete story in exactly 50 words is a challenge, but too much fun to resist. Somehow my crime dribble “Killer Details” turned out more slapstick than my usual. Suppose I should call it a win when my characters are more likely to end up in jail than six feet under.

Read “Killer Details” today at 50-Word Stories. Love the editor’s tags on this story:  “assassin, funny, oh dear, unexpected...”

“As Mistress Wishes” to appear in alternate Canada anthology

Her ceramic arm and hand and articulated fingers gleam unadulterated ivory, whiter than the snow outside already melting as it falls. . .

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Some buzz has already been generating about the forthcoming 49th Parallels anthology from super-local (Yay, Ottawa!)  independent publisher Bundoran Press, which the Toronto Metro describes as “an anthology around what would have happened if the country took a very different turn.”  I’m happy to say my post-pandemic Vancouver story “As Mistress Wishes” will be joining the excellent lineup of these Canada-askew tales.

This one re-imagines the downtown Vancouver peninsula as a sort of steam-powered walled matriarchal city state, its society a product of the previous generation’s fierce battles over resources splitting along a strict gender divide, a world with little appreciation for nuance or inclusivity.

Mistress’s voice soothes something deep in my chest, past the industrial ceramic ribcage of my refashioning, a restless twitch in the meat muscle of my canine heart…

And of course it’s told from the dog’s perspective. Because DOGS.

More info as it materializes.

“Or Current Resident” at Great Jones Street

or-current-residentThis cover for my story “Or Current Resident” made me snort tea through my nose.

Monday through Friday afternoon at six minutes past four, the same man in the same combat boots and blue shorts walks up Lula’s driveway, reaches into his satchel, and slides his delivery through her slot…

This was written as a Great Jones Street original. Nobody dies!

Still free to download, though maybe not for long. Direct story short link: t.co/xITxHWePBN