• Short Fiction

    “Sacrifice”

    After several delays due to travel and illness, I’m back this week with a new short story. (I did have another one I was hoping to post a couple of weeks ago, but try as I might, I wasn’t able to get it to a place where I was comfortable sharing it. And that’s okay–I figured out why it was giving me trouble, and it taught me some valuable lessons! Which is sort of the point of this blog…) This week’s story is based off a story idea I’ve explored in a few different ways over the years: What if mirrors could be doorways to somewhere else? I tried to focus…

  • Short Fiction

    “Matches”

    This piece was originally inspired by Here’s the Setup, a podcast where the creators pitch an idea for a story, video game, project, or more in five minute episodes. Episode 21, Matches, features a world like ours, except that people have discovered that striking a match will summon a tiny demon who can do the summoner a favor. Both the demons and the favors are small, but what effect would that have over time on us as people and the choices we’d make? I was really interested in exploring humanity’s potential dependence on the matches in this scenario. In particular, if a match could theoretically only lead to one favor at…

  • Short Fiction

    “Into the Dark”

    This piece was originally inspired by Here’s the Setup, a podcast where the creators pitch an idea for a story, video game, project, or more in five minute episodes. Episode 19, NEET, features a village of light mages. But one mage in particular, to the great shame of his friends and family, secretly prefers to work in the dark. This idea was a lot of fun, and the discussion in this episode gave me a great jumping off point for this story. Thanks again to Here’s the Setup for the idea! For the first time ever, my cousin’s house is completely dark. Light streams out from the surrounding homes, reflecting…