Reopening

With April coming to a close, I turned my attention toward the last piece of flash fiction for my patrons, a Political Satire. As I thumbed through headline after headline, I kept coming back to COVID-19. So, just like last month, I tackled a story concerning the virus, though this time, the headlines about states reopening were the inspiration. But I needed a seed so the tale could flourish. When I found that kernel, the story flowed through my fingers on the page...

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Compromise

Fresh off a meeting with his constituents, Olyver works with Caitlin on a way to ramp up the colonization efforts. After multiple edits, the two produce a draft of the orders that will catapult them to the rest of the system. Now they need to get Quinn’s consent, but he’s steadfast in his belief that they have to expand at a snail’s pace...

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Escape

After the Captain locked down every member of the crew who attended Rylan’s gathering, they all wait for Rylan’s plan to unfold. Unfortunately, with each passing day, the ship gets closer to their home, and the tensions begin to mount. Annabelle constantly attempts to pry more information from Rylan, but he refuses to disseminate more information. The day the ship arrives in their home system, the former technician has Darvan pass out data crystals with all the information each of the escapees need...

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Golden Hope

Between the long workdays and the hectic time during this quarantine, I grabbed my second prompt and thought about what kind of tale I wanted to tell. I knew it needed to be a fairy tale, but beyond that, everything was blank. This time the prompt I retrieved from NYC Midnight didn’t generate a buzz in my mind. After dismissing about a dozen false starts, the story finally unfolded into a basic narrative. As my fingers found a groove, I plucked some elements from The Noodle Trap, primarily the aspect of nature mingling with an everyday location. The main difference between the two is what the wild intermingles with, and in this piece of flash fiction it’s a retirement home like the one from the Psych episode, The Old and the Restless ...

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Blood Is Thicker

When I found Blood Is Thicker available on Audible, I pounced on it eager to consume the next story in the Montague & Strong Case Files. With the first two books in this series, Orlando Sanchez crafted a beautiful world with characters so engaging and fascinating that I couldn’t wait to follow along in their adventures. With each word, I wrapped the narrative around me like a comfortable blanket, letting the plot unfurl in my mind...

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New Student

After months of study, another student is being brought into the Academy. While the students are eager to meet the new student, Roland grumbles about being forced to take on the newcomer as a roommate. His attempts to convince Darren to take on the new pupil continue to fall apart. The day of the fresh student’s arrival comes, and Roland is late entering the cafeteria, and while all the students are hesitant to room with the unknown student, they are eager to meet Wayne Iydril...

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Unsuspecting

During my day job, one of my coworkers commented that during this quarantine to help stem the spread of COVID-19, that I would be fine. Well, as the days unfolded, I’ve realized just how accurate he was. Aside from spending time with my family, I threw myself into my writing. As I started collecting and organizing all my scattered stories for my Wattpad series, I recognized that the Action/Adventure story could be placed into one of those worlds, giving my patrons a little extra insight into the world that Transformation is exploring. With the setting determined, I turned to NYC Midnight and plucked a prompt from the list...

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Dead of Night

When I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed, sometimes I’ll see a book recommendation in there. I usually skip them, but occasionally the cover or tag line pulls me in. I cannot remember which captivated me with Dead of Night, but I took a lengthy look at the ad and followed it to the Amazon page to get Dead of Night...

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Shifting Form

With the live shapeshifter, Caleb captured, the scientists endeavor to perfect the serum they equipped gave Caleb. While they continually tell Tarian they are on the brink of a discovery, the settlement’s leader grows unsatisfied with their progress. He makes almost daily trips to discover their status. On one occasion, Keldon tries to stop him from distracting the scientists...

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One Round

With the birth of his newest child, Marcus returns home to work his estate and care for his herd. Marcus and Talia help spread the expertize of husbandry to the other farmers in the Region. After scouring up all the unemployed citizens, Nathaniel sends them to the Eastern Region, and Marcus selects the best of the bunch. One day after selecting his men, Marcus interrupts Preston’s instruction for the fresh recruits a brief reprieve. During the break, Marcus catches sight of something on the horizon...

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