The list below highlights more than 50 stories, in a semi-random order. New stories will be added as they are released, probably at the top of this list.
If you know the name of a story, find it quickly here:
Master List (alphabetical)
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Most stories are also available read by the author as streaming audio. You can find these by clicking the MP3 tag below. Eventually, all the stories will be available with narration
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A familiar familial scene, where everyone has a touch of alexia. (MP3)
Learning to be soldiers, all the boys and girls must also learn to be brave. (MP3)
The drums of war beat in unexpected dimensions of our lives. Some of us march to a different beat, but the message is the same, and it surrounds us all. (MP3)
It’s a long, high road across the Wasatch, and the long, high drive takes on a life of its own. (MP3)
The departure of a soul is a great mystery. For some it is tragic, for others mainly confusing, but for the soul departing, it might be magnificent. (MP3)
Rolling through his brief beat road trip, one intrepid hipnik finally blows his mind. (MP3)
Perhaps we can’t revisit the past, but we can try. And in so doing, perhaps the past can revisit us. (MP3)
Never underestimate the creativity and dedication of tiny minds. (MP3)
Sometimes we just put too much pressure on ourselves. Sometimes the help just can’t take it any more. Sometimes we are the help. (MP3)
We’re never certain how we feel about one another, but sometimes the answer is as simple as a piece of toast.
We all have our roles to play, and once in a while a streak of kindness, or even nobility, shines through.
In this modern, secular world, mythic elements lie hidden beneath quotidian disguises, but are nonetheless real. (MP3)
When things go wrong, we look everywhere for resolutions, but the resolution can go wrong, too. (MP3)
Karma is unfathomable, they say, but perhaps mischievous is a better word. An unembellished true story of Loki, Kokopelli, or Lila Shakti. (MP3)
Do you ever wake up suddenly after hearing a loud sound and discover it was nothing? What if it wasn’t? (MP3)
When you’re just a boy, your world is full of limits and constraints, but the mysteries and possibilities are unbounded. (MP3)
If enough monkeys on typewriters work long enough, they’ll eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Or will they? (MP3)
Don’t you hate it when a story ends with, “It was all a dream?” This story begins there. (MP3)
Whatcha gonna do when St. Peter greets you? (MP3)
They said it was a diatribe. A filibuster against reason, to take refuge in a wall of words against the storm of impressions. Such nonsense, to think words protect against what has never been named! (MP3)
How much RAM is required to store a person? Once stored there, what will he do? And what will we do with him? (MP3)
It’s hard to get a story published, so you have to seize upon every opportunity to get yourself heard. But that pesky acquisitions editor! (MP3)
We’re all travelers, and some of us never escape life’s long series of lodgings and hotels. But for others, the resolution of a life can take them all the way home. (MP3)
One inquisitive soul, lost in the skein of events and memories, tries to reason its way out to the surface. (MP3)
In the end, it’s what you’ve done, and what you haven’t done, and none of the above.
One thing leads to another, usually. But what if it doesn’t? Can the tale still unfold and carry us somewhere?
How does the thinking machinery work? If we observe its mechanism up close, what does it tell us about ourselves? (MP3)
It’s difficult to do what you’re told when they won’t tell you. (MP3)
Desperate times call for desperate measures, but the worst may be just around the corner. Or in your room. (MP3)
It can be hard to find one’s way in life, but with luck there will be signposts in the fog. (MP3)
Mr. Smith, as usual, is just doing the best he can, like the rest of us, but it’s not always easy to keep it all straight. (MP3)
Logic and imagination don’t always work together, but sometimes you just have to give it a chance.
Sometimes Daniel could get carried away listening to a great piece of music. But this Brahms CD was going much too far. (MP3)
David Byrne once asked, “How do I work this thing?” Turns out that’s a very pertinent question, and for some more than just pertinent. (MP3)
The brain is a marvelous instrument. Where would we be without it? (MP3)
We take the simplest things for granted. But maybe it’s not that simple.
When the psychology of a great psychologist comes into question, things can get dicey. (MP3)
As society evolves, everyone learns to accommodate. Unfortunately some folks just don’t have the required flexibility. (MP3)
Where does art start? (MP3)
Everyone has his or her section of the Sunday Times, with a little slice of domestic bliss on the side. (MP3)
The new blog journalism triumphs again with this brilliant unboxing of the latest, latest, latest i-Item of the year. (MP3)
Not the easiest guest to interview, but with a little heart and some empathy, it’s not all bad. (MP3)
Where does a writer get his inspiration? From his muse, of course. But where does she get hers? (MP3)
Even a dog’s life has its ups and downs and exceptional dogs are no exception. (MP3)
Revising someone else’s book can be trickier than it should be, especially with temporary brain damage and a recalcitrant author. (MP3)
Henry’s smart phone is not his friend, but it does its best to add to the confusion. (MP3)
Space junk isn’t always junk, and not all of it is orbiting the Earth. (MP3)
Memories aren’t always pleasant, but some of the brightest ones make up for all the rest. (MP3)
Watching the world go by outside the house may afford a surprising view of the tireless municipal workers who keep society moving. (MP3)
Here’s a micro-collection of nano-fiction that takes place in restaurants because, well, there’s a lot of drama in restaurants. If you’re reading this in 2020, restaurants used to be places people went — in groups! — to eat meals together.
The quest for knowledge is as old as humanity. But when the truth is revealed, who can fathom its diversity and depth? (MP3)
It’s nice to be able to create yourself, but when you do, it’s a good idea to be careful how you handle the result. (MP3)