Over time, I’ve found a love for short stories. A writer can pack a lot of meaning and symbolism into these small pieces, which simultaneously devastate, enlighten and inspire. Check out the concepts for my short stories:
♦ Black and Tan, Literary fiction
— New in town, a single woman meets a stranger eye to eye, only to find his gaze impenetrable, and she questions what kind of soul he hides inside.
♦ The Cosmic Dance, Literary fiction
— A retired calculus teacher, who monitors satellite data for the next solar storm, remembers a night when his daughter led him outside the garage to solve a childhood mystery.
♦ Ready to Rock, Magical realism
— In this piece of flash fiction, a tiny sound haunts the dreams of a man in his home. When the fog lifts outside, he finally discovers the bewildering source.
♦ Relic in a Bottle, Magical realism
— In this novella-length story, young workers at an Atlanta museum become entwined in urban legend, after a message in a bottle twists out of control.
♦ The Only Violet Stone, Literary fiction
— Storms over Cincinnati lead to a flood of memories inside a vacant house, in a study of family dynamics and loss.
♦ The Cellist, Literary fiction
— The original version of the story above, this story reveals a serendipitous airport encounter between a passenger and a cellist.
♦ BlackJack: The Dawn of Dark Pollution, Speculative fiction
— A light rail technician tries to fix light outages between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, while being stalked by a mysterious creature of the night.
♦ “Look Up,” Literary fiction
— Braving Lake Superior waves to view the Milky Way, a college student longs to ask her late father’s advice.
♦ The Prisoner, Literary fiction
— The constraints of a prison come to a family’s home, when they try to break free of their own emotional bonds.