Life Without Labels

See me as I am. Not as a collection of names Given while trying to define me. Rather, See me as a whole being. One who is trying To be comfortable in my skin and with myself. Struggling every moment To move forward in life. No paper designations can define me Keep your stars and […]

Exercise #69: Buttons

Exercise 69 Instructions News Story: New Facebook buttons mean you can ‘love’ your friends’ posts or laugh at them. “Hey, Mark!” Julie called, as he walked past her. “Can I bug you for a second?” “I’m not in any hurry,” Mark responded, smiling. “What’s up?” “Well, you know the ‘like’ button?” she offered, falling into […]

In The Middle of Nowhere

drowning in a sea of blackness she struggles valiantly tries to swim fights the octopus the crocodiles the weeds constantly inexorably mercilessly pulling her downwards… muscles in her back chest shoulders arms legs protest the movements she makes trying to save herself… her whole body longs for surrender to the black deep below her… But […]

Captain Jack and the Voyage to the Moon

Cim coasted easily into geosynchronous orbit around the Earth and locked her course for the International Space Station. Jack, meanwhile, was busy getting their new little passenger stowed away in the guest quarters and there was something about the little squirt that she just didn’t like. She wasn’t exactly sure what it was about the […]

Captain Jack and the Stowaway

“I’m sorry, sir,” said a voice from the communications array, “I’m not allowed to grant you clearance for take-off without a properly filed pilot’s license.” “But I have a pilot’s license!” Jack growled trying to keep his cool and knowing that, if he didn’t, the operator at the other end of the conversation could, conceivably, […]

Captain Jack and the Wavemistress

Warning: This, though classified technically as a short story, is long. It consists of over 3500 words. Please, be prepared. Furthermore, this story is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone alive or dead is purely unintentional, with a few noted exceptions. “You have a ship?” Dane declared incredulously. “This I gotta see.” “It’s a […]

Exercise #68: Beyond Twelve

Exercise 68 Instructions As promised, this is the list of words submitted to me to go into this story. Those with a link in their names have blogs you can visit.  I’m grateful to all of these people for making this assignment both easier and harder.  Here we go. *********** triskaidekaphobia (submitted by El Guapo): an […]