Fool O’Clock – Part 2

Part 1 is here. When I get to the office, the Director is annoyed that I did an unauthorized handle on my own. She doesn’t care that the fool got dealt, but the clean up with the metro cops meant I was late to another sector meeting. The woman lives for deskwork and can’t for…

Fool O’Clock – Part 1

“Oh shit, it’s Fool o’clock.” “Wha’?” The grumble next to me is the wife – likely the co-conspirator who turned the damned alarm off. It’s on her side of the bed, per her demand, after I broke my hand trying to break the last one. “I said, ‘It’s Fool o’clock.’ I’m supposed to be in…

Days of the Never Was – Excerpt

As I’m too lazy to edit a poem, here’s an excerpt from my favorite novelette (long short story), “Days of the Never Was.” The book (The Juice and Other Stories) is free Monday, 20 January 2014, the last free day for a while. I hope you guys get a copy and enjoy the stories. I…

Excerpt from “He Ain’t Heavy”

This is an excerpt from my 1st short story collection, The Juice and Other Stories. It’s available now, on Amazon.com, and is free through this Monday, 20 January. “He Ain’t Heavy” is a story about twin brothers who couldn’t be more different. One is good and the other, well, he ain’t. “Dunc, I’m not so…

Need Something to Read this Weekend?

Have a 3-day weekend coming up and nothing planned? How about curling up with a good (virtual) book? I have two free Kindle book promotions starting tomorrow. Why not grab a copy? For fans of fantasy adventure who have time to jump into a novel, why not curl up with Emprise? Emprise is the standalone…

From the Black, the Blues (Conclusion)

See part 5 here. Things got out of hand. By now, I guess you figured that out. By the time September rolled around, Jarita and I were in almost constant touch. She sent me technical specs to modify my communications, and I even set up a portable holograph display so I could see her in…

From the Black, the Blues ( Pt. 5)

La cuarta parte aquí (pt. 4) Here’s what Jarita and I figured out. That’s her name, by the way, Jarita. It turned out she had a job much like mine. She was on a semi-automated craft, way out at the edge of a galaxy that I’m still struggling to chart. She was a scientist, like…

From the Black, the Blues ( Pt. 4)

See part 3 here. “Excuse me?” I’ve never heard cursing on an official channel. I decided right then and there, I like this woman. “Dude, stop messing with me. I’ve been out here alone six terran months. I’m going bonkers, but I’m not stupid.” “I’m not messing with you. This is Amundsen … the South…

From the Black, the Blues ( Pt. 3)

See part 2 aquí: After that first encounter, I took to working the late-night shifts exclusively. It’s not so much I thought that’s when I would hear another blip (as I’d come to call the voice), but no one else worked the post-midnight shift, and I did not want the Gov scientists to hear my…

From the Black, the Blues (parte dos)

Part 1 of the story is here. Here’s part 2. Are you hooked yet? No? Dammit!! One night, around 3:00 a.m. or so, I was working the lab alone. There was the usual static, muted through the external speakers, along with Coldplay. The audio filters had a visible and auditory alarm if any pattern emerges…