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Published Stories 2013

Lessons Nadine Learns

One of the pillars of the Christian faith is guilt. Absence of guilt is a key marker of a sociopath. I will be thrilled if readers of this story come away with a question I have asked myself since I was a child: “Do we create sociopaths or are people ‘born that way’?”

Published in Liquid Imagination, Issue 18

Desi Cooks For Her Man

This story began as a film script for a class I took at the New York Film Academy in 2005. I remember with gratitude the team that helped me actually make the three minute silent film. The remaining copy on disc is incompatible with my 2013 laptop.

Published in Apocrypha and Abstractions

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Short story published in The Story Shack – May 8, 2013.
Martin, the globetroting editor, places each story with an illustrator.  This is an amazing project and I am happy to be a small part of it.

Published in The Story Shack

You will be a Hero

Short story published in Danse Macabre, “Pravda” – edition 69
I like to tell myself, it is natural to act honorably, but obviously – it isn’t.  I wanted to write a story to encourage action.

Published in Danse Macabre

Politically Incorrect

Short story published in Danse Macabre, “Terra” – edition 67
The prompt for this story was a harrowing cab ride filtered through my experience in human resources.

Published in Danse Macabre


Published Stories 2012

Big Bear

Short story published in Corvus, issue 5 – a lovely literary e-zine based in the UK.

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of a road-trip with the casting director and producer Eileen Kennedy – my friend since graduate school. We crossed the great USA on Rt.66 for the film “Paper Heart”. One of the most interesting stops was Albuquerque.  The city and the people we met inspired this story.

Published in Corvus

Papa’s Contact

This short story appeared in Vol.1 Brooklyn. It made sense to me that a story that takes place in part in a Café found a home in an e-zine based in Brooklyn.

When I was young, I wished my parents knew people in fields besides my father’s occupation (lawyer) and my mother’s past (Radio Free Europe.) Now I am on the other side of the equation and hope I am more help to my friends’ off-spring than what happens in this story.

Published in Vol.1 Brooklyn


When this short story was accepted for publication by the editors of Apocrypha and Abstractions – they really made my day. I had been exploring how people see past and future, memory and the passage of time, and to tell this story in as few words as possible.

Modern art – I should say: abstract art as shown in the painting “Rising and Falling” (ART tab) tempts me to turn it around to see what would happen. I am also fascinated by our ability – thanks to technology – to travel without leaving our homes, see family and friends as we speak with them, and to reconnect with people we haven’t seen in a very long time.

Published in Apocrypha and Abstractions

What John Dreads

This very short piece has had quite a life of its own.  It was first accepted by Bewildering Stories and then picked up by Short Story America for the second Anthology that appeared in print in September 2012.

There’s a lovely pastel of a small child pulling a sled through a snow-covered yard that I love to look at.  One day, I thought, “Why is a child in a yard a lovely sight?  What if it filled an observer with a different emotion?”

Published in Bewildering Stories and Short Story America


Study from Blue

This play is a short romp for eight actors. The casting of four women and four men is not strictly necessary to the enjoyment or interpretation of the play.

The play calls for a blue bench, a blue hedge, two blue trees and blue curtains to transform the space into an interior.

Published in Bewildering Stories


Horrid Mary

Horrid Mary is in part autobiographical.  As the first of three, I recall ambivalent feelings towards the “cute” babies that followed.  The mantras began with: “You are the oldest,” and were followed by: set the example, be nice, look after your sisters and so forth.  Fast forward 30 years, and I’m still the oldest but now consider myself lucky to have my two sisters.

Published in Danse Macabre






Online Lit Mag Takes Satisfying Risks

Review of The Collagist, Issue 46
Spring 2013

Published in the review review


Cape Cod Poets in Print

Review of Cape Cod Poetry Review
Winter 2012

Published in the review review







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