My Fiction

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“7 Stages of a Parental Visit,” Crazyhorse

HHHHHStage 1. Relief
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HHHHHThey made it! You were concerned about the plane, turbulence. It’s April, but still you feared ice on the wings because if you worry about even the things that can’t possibly go wrong, your parents are more likely to arrive unscathed.H(more)
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MARcover35_1.indd“Three Things,” Mid-American Review

HHHHHShe left three things behind.
HHHHHThe rings, I understand. On a scarlet dinner napkin—from the set we used for Christmas, when she folded the fabric to look like poinsettias, each rising from the center of a bone-white plate.H
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This story isn’t available online, but MAR did a fun author interview here.
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“But Yearning Still,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

HHHHHHer postcards never said, “Wish you were here.” They said, “Wondering why that guy stopped me in the street yesterday—was my skirt too short?”H(more)
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river-styx-cvr-89“High Water,” River Styx

HHHHHThe water brought quiet, heaviness, a strained peace. We were never so kind to one another, my mother, sister, and I.H(more)
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“Cat Therapy,” Sliver of Stone Magazine

HHHHHWhen your cat Tuxie stares at you with vacant, glazed eyes—when one ear twitches, her body still, her air expectant—she is asking for (A) attention, (B) food, or (C) your spot on the sofa.H(more)
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“Just Asking,” CHEAP POP

HHHHHIt was the way he’d said, “Of course, Sweetie”—heavy on “course,” long on “ie”—that made her wonder.H(more)
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pms-16-cvr“Casting Off,” PMS PoemMemoirStory

HHHHHA few days before my 40th birthday I felt in my fingers what I feared was an early sign of arthritis. No, I told my work friend Angela, who is only a few years short of retirement and knows the symptoms of arthritis too well, nothing felt stiff.HH
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HHHHHThis story isn’t available online.
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“Skinner’s Wife’s Box,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

HHHHHWhen a crisp graham cracker falls through the slot and into her waiting hands, she gasps, does a little dance.H(more)
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bosque-4“Woman’s Body Found in Dumpster,” bosque (the magazine)

HHHHHNovember 1, Lewiston.HThe body of a woman was found at about 6:30 this morning in the dumpster behind Regent’s Drug on 10th and Sampson. Where you last saw her.H
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“Waiting,” The Citron Review

HHHHHHim? Still outside.H(more)
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“Unwritten,” The Citron Review

HHHHHStart with just one word.H(more)
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summer-stories-cvrlg“Reflections,” Summer Stories: Paintings by Leslie Anderson, Stories by Ten Maine Writers (Shanti Arts, 2013)

HHHHHJenny tends to be startled by her own face in all those photos her friends take while they’re hanging out—who is that?H
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“Vanilla,” Summer Stories

HHHHHJerry was counting pairs of shorty-shorts—a deeply sad fashion trend he’d hoped would never come back—when he heard the “Here you go” from the bangs-and-ponytail that had taken his order, and turned to claim the Styrofoam cup she had pushed through the window.H
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“Imaginary i,” Summer Stories

HHHHHFor the school carnival that Halloween before she graduated, she had dressed as imaginary i. Imaginary i as a Hollywood-style superhero in a cat suit, that is.H
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HHHHHThe Summer Stories aren’t available online.
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