• Fiction

    Drabble: It’s Full of Drones

    by It’s a drone-filled world. Military drones. Expensive, solid, better all the time. Commercial drones. Delivery models beat the media drones to market by a few months. Toy drones. Cheap, crappy things with minutes-long battery life. Proliferation led to better quality, better batteries, better cameras. Easy, high tech voyeurism. Privacy concerns fought back. Legislation, protests, and, eventually, tiny hunters. A quick electric shock knocks most over-the-counter pre-fabs out of the sky. Scratch one spy. But my hunter didn’t come home last night. The last frame of video catches a hazy image of something bigger, darker, menacing. Begun, the drone wars have. by

  • Writing

    Green Man’s Revenge

    by So I’ve been working on a story for submission to the Urban Green Man anthology and I don’t think I’m going to make it for the November 30th deadline. Well, I’m going to have it finished, but it’s not going to work out. No, this isn’t me doing the editors’ job for them. If I can conform to the guidelines, I’ll send it, but… The story is a good one, I think, the characters work, I’m hitting all of the points I wanted, and things are really coming together. Yes, I left starting the story late, but that’s because I actually threw away three complete plots and tossed half…

  • Writing

    The Green Struggle

    by “Carlos woke blindfolded, gagged, wrists and ankles wrapped in duct tape, and with the taste of dryer sheets in his mouth.” It’s an awesome opening line, isn’t it? At least I think so, and I got a compliment on Twitter plus a DM that said it was attention getting. So yeah, it’s an awesome opening line. The problem is that it leads into a story that’s going to be very linear and predictable if I write it as I’ve rough plotted it out. It’s supposed to be an idea for a story submission to the upcoming “Urban Green Man” anthology, but I’m not feeling a lot of originality in…