Scatter and Return

The night sky turned a shade of blue neither atop the mountain had experienced before. A breeze picked up, taking with it brittle leaves and shaking what little grass was present on the ground.  Sally and Harry looked at each other for the first time in fifteen years. "You survived," Harry said, relieved. "The message … Continue reading Scatter and Return

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Old Stories

We're traveling back in time this evening.  I started a new post about the incredibly dark themes of the old school screen saver program "After Dark" before really starting to think of how messed up the early years of home computers were. In those interactive screensavers, you could mow over cats.  This program was available … Continue reading Old Stories

A Grand Tradition

Today I saw a farming tradition up close and personal.  Fields were being set on fire in preparation for the planting season.  The wind carried thin plumes of smoke over the highway and next to the side of the road little pillars of flame bounced from one tuft of dead grass to another.  In a … Continue reading A Grand Tradition

Revisiting the Junkyard Monster

Wednesdays at Chateau Cowling mean game night.  We break out Pathfinder or co-op games (friggin' Pandemic I tell you) and have a fun ol time with family and friends until close to midnight some weeks.  There was a time when midnight did not feel like a next day death sentence, but midnight is a killer … Continue reading Revisiting the Junkyard Monster

Report to Mission Command

Mission Command, Sweet googly moogly, do not send any more people here.  This place, this planet; none of it is like the reports that came from the rovers and probes that preceded me. Robots said there would be primitive flora.  There's one very tall tree that drips a green oil from thirty feet above.  The … Continue reading Report to Mission Command

Wallace Chats with HR

"Wallace, we have to talk about your work over the last three weeks," Wallace's kind-hearted boss, Liza began the impromptu meeting. Wallace felt the conversation ahead was going to require something with an impact the coffee in his mug could not offer, but he was stuck in the meeting now. "Wally. Can I can you … Continue reading Wallace Chats with HR

A Monster Named Lavender

"You know how sometimes you have an image of what life is like.  What it should be like.  That image in your head is so compelling, so real.  It becomes all you think of.  You chase that image.  You make decisions based on the image," Lavender explained. "What decisions have you made based on that … Continue reading A Monster Named Lavender