Ume’s Lament

Another Friday Night Write (FNW) challenge: September 2004 The challenge is to write a story titled Ume's Lament. There are no other qualifiers. It can be about anything but it has to be called Ume's Lament. [This challenge came from the site administrator herself (or, more accurately, her son).] ~~~~~ To this day I'm pretty sure … Continue reading Ume’s Lament


Prophet Sharing

Another Friday Night Write (FNW), this one from May of 2014. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 May 2014 – topic by Nyki: I was rewatching an old Doctor Who earlier where the Doctor arrives on a planet he's never been to and finds a Rushmore-sized carving of his face on a cliff, so I thought I'd nick the … Continue reading Prophet Sharing

A Bit of a Twist – An Anthology of Short Stories

The second volume in the Read on the Run series by Smoking Pen Press, A Bit of a Twist is a collection of twelve short stories by various authors. Each of the stories presents its own unique spin on what might be considered a twist, with the first story getting extra credit for being a … Continue reading A Bit of a Twist – An Anthology of Short Stories

The Ancient – An Anthology by The Seven

Not all of the stories in this anthology involve actual lamps (Aladdin's or otherwise) but all do involve wish-granting artifacts of one sort or another, and all of them have their points to make. The themes (and realms) range from sci-fi/fantasy to Lovecraft-esque type horror to everyday normagicity (<<<not a word) and everything in between. … Continue reading The Ancient – An Anthology by The Seven

The Weatherman – Laurie Axinn Gienapp

Intentional or not, this turns out to be a cautionary tale about how easily public opinion can be manipulated, an especially relevant message in these times. There is intrigue, suspense, danger, and maybe a little bit of fear at how this might become a real thing. The characters are interesting and believable, as is the … Continue reading The Weatherman – Laurie Axinn Gienapp