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Hell Hath No Fury

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Short Stories | 0 comments

The vampire virus was running rampant. Several hundred people had fallen ill in Greenbrier alone, and while the afflicted weren’t technically vampires, they did have an unhealthy appetite for human blood. Thus the name. Unfortunately, there was no cure, and the gestation period for the virus was extremely short—just a brief exposure was sufficient to cause someone to fall ill, and in short order, that person would have a single-minded desire to kill. I was one of several scientists working on a cure, assisting my soon-to-be ex-husband, who...

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YA Cliché

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Miscellany | 0 comments

Late as always, Kimber rushed through the front door of Ridgeview High School, toting her cheerleader’s uniform over her shoulder. Kimber was going to have to hoof it if she was going to make it to class on time. Anthony, Kimber’s best friend, was waiting in the hallway outside the classroom. “What the heck, Kimber? You can’t even be on time for your first day of school?” “Well, I made it, didn’t I?” “Just barely.” Anthony pushed open the door, and the two of them looked around the room for an open desk. The only open ones were at the very...

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Patricide

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Short Stories | 0 comments

(Below is the first chapter of a YA novel I am working on.) ___ Kat was livid. Her fool of a client wanted to storm the prison at Larendell to release what he called “political prisoners.” Ha. More like rebels. Not that the distinction mattered to Kat. She glared at Colonel Terrence James as he stood looking over a map of Avendon. “The defenses are formidable, but not insurmountable,” Colonel James said pedantically to his men. Kat rolled her eyes. What an idiot. “If we move quickly enough, we can catch the soldiers off guard and get to the...

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How a Phone Case, a Halloween Costume, and a Coat Gave Me Geek “Cred”

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Miscellany | 0 comments

It all started with a purple Jack Skellington phone case. For those of you not familiar with Jack, he’s the main character in a Disney movie called Nightmare Before Christmas. I became fond of Jack because my father loved the character. After my father passed over, I would look at Jack and think of him, so putting the case on my phone was just a nice way to remember my Daddy. Plus, I happen to love purple. But a strange thing happened. An artist whose favorite color is black and who was lead singer for a band called Das Gift (“The Poison” in...

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Management for Failure

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Miscellany | 2 comments

10 ways to Ensure Your Employees Stay in Their Place   1. Demonstrate a Lack of Respect for Your Employee’s Time Ensure that you ask for deliverables on your schedule regardless of necessity. If your employee must stay late, cancel a vacation, or work a weekend, so be it.  However, once you have the deliverable on time and in order, do not review it for several days.  It’s always best to have your employees rush around so that you can review what they give you in a leisurely manner.   2.  Criticize often and praise seldom Employees...

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The Bug (Full Version)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Short Stories | 2 comments

(Originally published May 6, 2015) Martin was freaking out. On a good day, he was an intense person, but he had achieved a new high, and he suddenly looked every bit of his forty-five years. He stood and strode purposefully to the Tibetan prayer wheel on the far side of the yard, where he first cut off a piece of bamboo, then started collecting wildflowers. I slowly walked toward him. He was tense, but I wasn’t concerned. We’d been having sex regularly for three weeks now, and I had him pegged. I knew what he would do; he would give me the...

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Creating Reality

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Miscellany | 0 comments

Creating Reality

Magic is an interesting thing. As soon as you acknowledge that it exists, it is everywhere—in little synchronicities and odd coincidences, in the perfect drop of water sitting on an otherwise completely dry leaf. But if you don’t believe in it, it’s never there. It’s not that it doesn’t exist, it’s just that we don’t see it. Even if we don’t ignore magic in our lives, when it comes to business, we don’t talk about it. We don’t discuss “energization” or karma or the fact that we all “create our own reality.” We try to act, talk—and ultimately...

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