Interview with C.D. Reimer

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I followed the traditional method of writing and submitting short stories to the print magazines in 2006. My first published short story appeared in 2008 after 200 rejection slips. My second published short story appeared a year later after another 100 rejection slips. Things changed when I started writing speculative stories for the genre anthologies. I had 30+ short stories published in a dozen anthologies in a few short years.

Once a short story saw publication, it ceased to have any existence beyond being a reprint that nobody wanted. Unless you can sell novels like Stephen King - and even if you were Stephen King - traditional publishers are reluctant to publish a short story collection. After writing a 125,000-word first novel that I couldn't figure out how to edit, I went back to writing short stories. I got very frustrated that the reprint market for my short stories was non-existent.

I caught the tail-end of a discussion on Twitter in October 2010 where Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) mentioned publishing ebooks on Amazon. I asked a few questions about publishing short stories as ebooks, signed up for an Amazon publishing account and initially published my first short story, "The Uninvited Spook," as a reprint ebook. A week later I came across Smashwords and the excellent "Smashwords Style Guide" ebook. I started publishing on both Amazon and Smashwords.

After I published all my previously published short stories as reprint ebooks, I started publishing original ebooks from my short stories and essays. I now make more money selling ebooks than I do in first serial publication sales. Always nice to have a predictable - and growing - income stream.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
For a third-grade class project, I wrote a story by drawing pictures in crayon to illustrate each page, assembled a book from folded sheets of construction paper, tell the story for each page that the teacher typed out as a line of text, cut everything out and paste into the book.

My story was about a goldfish being chased by a baby whale that gets stuck inside a cave, the goldfish gets the mother whale, and baby whale got rescued without eating the goldfish.

This was a very magical moment. I fell in loved with creating a short story and making a book. Years later I'm able to do both by creating short stories and making ebooks for others to read.
When did you first start writing?
My mother committed suicide by breast cancer in 2004. She knew she had the disease but refused to seek treatment. That was hard to deal with. I quit my job as a video game tester at Accolade/Infogrames/Atari (same company, different owners, multiple identity crisis) that I had for six years, cashed out my retirement account and went back to college to complete an associate degree for the next 18 months.

I saw a personal counselor at the college health center for a year. During our numerous conversations about my childhood and young adulthood, I gave myself permission to be a creative individual and do all the things that I wanted to do as a child. I painted in acrylics. I took three semesters of ceramics. And, I started writing.

The first half-dozen short stories that I wrote were therapy stories based on traumatic childhood events. These stories were unpublishable until I made extensive revisions. I started writing the non-therapy stories in 2007, embracing my new identity as a writer. Since then I wrote 80+ flash and short stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an anonymous computer technician by day. No one at work knows that I'm a writer at night. My co-workers think I live the most boring life possible in Silicon Valley. If they do an Internet search on my legal name, they will find out that I disappeared from the Internet back in the 1990's or come across my LinkedIn profile. I can write whatever I want to write without worrying about someone looking over my shoulder. I raise tropical fishes, read manga and comic books, watch movies with my friends and study for technical certifications needed for my non-writing tech job.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Silicon Valley, being the rare Californian native who haven't moved here from somewhere else. I saw the orchards and tomato fields gave way to the freeways in the 1970's, played the video games at home and the arcades in the 1980's, and crisscross the paths of famous technology people I read about as I worked at the top Silicon Valley companies for the last 20 years.

Although I call myself a Silicon Valley writer, Silicon Valley had zero influence on my writing until a few years ago. My short stories weren't anchored to a specific place or an abstract version of Silicon Valley that certainly wasn't San Francisco (the outside news media can't do a Silicon Valley story without having THE CITY in the background that is 50 miles north). These days I'm drawing upon my local knowledge and extensive reading about to include Silicon Valley into everything I write. If Stephen King can put Maine on the map, I'm going to do the same for Silicon Valley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Besides going to my non-writing tech job to collect a paycheck and pay all the bills? The creative rush I get from creating something brand new out of the ether or reworking old ideas into something different. Short of being in love with someone, the creative rush is next best thing.
What do you read for pleasure?
That really depends on what I'm writing. If I'm writing and editing multiple short stories, I read a Star Trek, Star War or Stephanie Plum novel. If I'm going through a dry spell in writing fiction, I'll read a long fantasy, science fiction or horror novel. Otherwise, I'm reading historical non-fiction about the time period that came before and after William Shakespeare in the 16th-century.
Describe your desk
I have three desks in a U-shaped formation. The left desk has my Apple laptop, a 19" monitor in a vertical position and stack of folders with current projects. The middle desk is a dumping ground for all the paperwork that isn't current. The right desk used to have my electronic typewriter but I replaced it with a 12U rack that has network routers and switches for studying the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

My alternative desk is a clipboard inside the mobile office (a 1999 Ford Taurus). The highlight of my non-writing tech job day is to take my lunch break in the mobile office. This is where the real work gets done. I eat lunch for 15 minutes and write/revise whatever is on my clipboard for the next 45 minutes. Everything else that I do as a writer is to keep that clipboard full each week. If I forget to load the clipboard, I have 3x5 cards in the glove box to keep on writing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I noticed that reprint content sell better than original content for short story ebooks. Since the description and the title page for each short story ebook cites the first serial publication, it reassures the reader that someone else thought the story was good enough to be published in their magazine or anthology. Unless, of course, the editor was a complete moron. (Out 500+ submissions over seven years, I met a few moron editors.) The statement - "This short story was first published in " - is a good selling point.

I still submit my short stories to the magazines and anthologies, but I no longer count the virtual rejection slips anymore.

If a short story wasn't sold after being submitted to ten markets or circulated for one year, whichever happens first, I'll publish the short story on Fictionaut (http://fictionaut.com/users/cd-reimer) and slate it for ebook publication at a later date. The nice thing about a writer/reader community like Fictionaut is that I get feedback to incorporate into revising the short story as an ebook.
What are you working on next?
I'm planning to release 25 ebooks - short stories, essays and a short story collection - in 2014.
Published 2013-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Tumbling For Daily Haiku, Volume 1 (Poetry)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of 91 daily haiku first published on Tumblr from December 31st, 2013 through March 31st, 2014, based on weird news and life in Silicon Valley, and themed haiku that wasn't accepted for publication.
A Late Night Tech Job (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: American English. Published: April 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
An experienced contractor runs the gauntlet for a late night tech job at a financial institution in the heart of Silicon Valley, getting past the trigger-happy security guard, dealing with younger co-workers who expect to get paid fabulous money for doing nothing, and saving a desperate project manager when everything goes wrong. (A 4,190-word short story.)
A Sorrowful River Runs Through Here (Short Stories)
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Series: A Trio of Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: American English. Published: April 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
A trio of short stories about the sorrows of family life, featuring "Walking Into The Night," "The Hungry Red Devil" and "The Unfaithful Camera."
Once Upon An Albatross..., Volume 3 (2007-2008) (Blog Postings)
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The third volume of blog postings from Once Upon An Albatross... about Silicon Valley, California and whatever else, featuring 42 blog postings from 2007 and 2008: "The Problem With Windows Vista," "Ceramics, Code & Macs," "Something About That Beard," "The Harry Potter Line," "The Mythical Wii-Beast of Black Friday," "The Horror of Video Cam Movies," and "Sprint Misplaces A Decimal Point."
Travelers Among Strange Worlds (Short Stories)
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Series: A Trio of Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A trio of short stories about traveling to strange worlds, featuring "Silent Observers," "The Kitterun Five Tourist Trap" and "The Wizards of Flushington."
Once Upon An Albatross..., Volume 2 (2006) (Blog Postings)
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Series: Once Upon An Albatross... Blog Postings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The second volume of blog postings from Once Upon An Albatross... about Silicon Valley, California and whatever else, featuring 40 blog postings from 2006: "Becoming A Normal Video Gamer," "The Neighborhood Power Transformer Went Kablooey," "The Rattlesnakes of Unix Administration," "Open Season on Escaping Animated Animals," Watching Nature On The Train" and "Finishing School Or Going Bust."
Reaching For The Heavens (Short Stories)
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Series: A Trio of Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
A trio of short stories about spiritual faith in uncertain times, featuring "A Leap of Faith," "The Devil Comes A-Collecting" and "Saved By The Bell".
Kicking The Bit Bucket, Volume 1 (2013) (Blog Postings)
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Series: Kicking The Bit Bucket Blog Postings. Price: Free! Words: 16,620. Language: American English. Published: January 25, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
The first volume of blog postings from Kicking The Bit Bucket, featuring 39 blog postings from 2013: "The Ballard of Bilbo Baggins By Leonard Nimoy," "Crashing At SFO With Carryon Luggage In Hand," "Driving While Black In My Apartment Complex," "The Nightmare Continues At Amy’s Baking Company," "A Truly Tasteless French Ad About JFK Assassination" and "No Funemployment For Spongebob Squarepants".
A Silicon Valley Writer, Volume 4 (2013) (Blog Postings)
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Series: A Silicon Valley Writer Blog Postings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,630. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The fourth volume of blog postings from A Silicon Valley Writer about writing and being a writer, featuring 27 blog postings and an appendix from 2013: "The First Line Challenge," "Plan B For The Plan B Magazine," "Some Things Never Change At The Local Post Office," "When Your Debit Card Travels Without You," "Have You Written Your Best Work Years Ago?" and "The Mobile Office v2.0 is Evermore".
A Few Short Stories, Volume 4 (Omnibus)
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Series: A Few Short Stories Omnibus. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,010. Language: American English. Published: December 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Read 15 flash and short stories from six ebooks for one low price in this fourth omnibus volume, featuring "Godspeed With Minister Ruth," "As The Tequila Flies," "The Kitterun Five Tourist Trap," "The Giggling Mongoose: Scarlet Hearts," "Falling Earthward" and "Circling The Drain".
Circling The Drain (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A collection of four 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "Circling The Drain," "Trillion Dollar Odds," "Ultra Menoetius" and "Killed Twice Dead".
Falling Earthward (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: American English. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of four 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "Falling Earthward," "Golem Got The Beach Balls," "The Editor Is Always Right," and "Zombies At The Movies."
Sunday In The Park With Dawei (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
After responding to the personal ad on Andyslist to make out on a park bench in Golden Gate Park on a bright Sunday afternoon, the straight-laced Sasha finds her Victorian dress unbuttoned and her chastity belt cut away by the free-spirited Dawei to learn why androids are sexually deviant in the future. (A 5,040-word short story.)
The Giggling Mongoose: Scarlet Hearts (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
After confronting a prominent attorney with three young sweet things for not leaving a generous tip, Charles Goodwin, the cannibalistic owner of The Giggling Mongoose, fumes at not being able to teach the old goat a lesson in restaurant manners until the scorned wife makes him an offer he can't refuse. (A 5,530-word short story.)
The Apple Store Job Fair: Don't Drink The Water, Don't Use The Restroom (Essay)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
If you're ever invited to attend the Apple Store Job Fair at the Cupertino headquarters, don't drink the water. The employees pushing the cold bottles of water are store managers. If you find yourself with an urgent need to urinate during the two-hour presentation and activity session, don't use the restroom. You will piss away your job interview if you do. (A 8,300-word personal essay.)
A Silicon Valley Writer Volume 3 (2012) (Blog Postings)
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Series: A Silicon Valley Writer Blog Postings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,640. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The third volume of blog postings from A Silicon Valley Writer about writing and being a writer, featuring 33 blog postings from 2012: "Are You In The Writing Profession Or The Writing Business?", "Reprint Sells Better Than Original For Short Story eBooks," "The 99-Cent Business Model For Short eBooks" and "How I Slept My Way Through Kevin Pollock’s Book Signing".
As The Tequila Flies (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of four 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "As The Tequila Flies," "Fair Trade," "A Hell Of A Tip" and "Truck Nuts".
Godspeed With Minister Ruth (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A minister and her unemployed driver argue about the spiritual consequences of driving in the fast lane to get to a church meeting in San Francisco on time while running late in rush hour traffic in Silicon Valley. (A 2,340-word short story.)
A Few Short Stories, Volume 3 (Omnibus)
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Series: A Few Short Stories Omnibus. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,280. Language: American English. Published: December 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Read 18 flash and short stories from eight ebooks in this third omnibus volume for one low price, featuring "The Semper Fi Engagement," "The Devil's Advocates," "Let Me Be Your Spook," "A Misplaced Stick," "Seven Minutes Late," "The Lunch Box," "Feast Of The Cockroaches" and "Tagging This Side Of Hell."
Tagging This Side Of Hell (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of four 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "Tagging This Side of Hell," "RV Coffin," "Recyclable Women" and "Vampires of The Freight Elevator."
A Silicon Valley Writer, Volume 2 (2010-2011) (Blog Postings)
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Series: A Silicon Valley Writer Blog Postings. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,570. Language: American English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The second volume of blog postings from A Silicon Valley Writer about writing and being a writer, featuring 22 blog postings from 2010 through 2011: "A Dead Tree Traditionalist Among eReaders," "Letting Short Stories Lie Fallow," "The Fiction Reprint Market Is Dead!" and "Why I’m NOT Joining Amazon’s KDP Select Program".
Feast Of The Cockroaches (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of four 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "Feast Of The Cockroaches," "Golem Got The Birdies," "Double Dipping" and "Humbug Knockers."
Outlaws In The American Wasteland (Reviews)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: American English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices
With a new introduction, the book reviews of “Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book Five” By Jim Butcher, “Wolves Of The Calla (The Dark Tower, Volume 5)” by Stephen King, and “Damnation Alley” by Roger Zelazny, previously published on Once Upon An Albatross... personal blog in 2005, are together in a new ebook.
Once Upon An Albatross..., Volume 1 (1999-2005) (Blog Postings)
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Series: Once Upon An Albatross... Blog Postings. Price: Free! Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The first volume of blog postings from Once Upon An Albatross... about life in Silicon Valley, featuring 20 blog postings from 1999 through 2005, and an appendix on how a Wildcat! BBS in 1995 morphed into various websites over the years until becoming a WordPress blog.
The Lunch Box (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: American English. Published: September 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Little Suzy and her dog, Spot, are trap inside the detached garage on her late grandfather's ranch in Morgan Hill during a fierce thunderstorm with an unspeakable horror from inside a handcrafted lunch box that hungers for revenge against her family. (A 4,000-word short story.)
Seven Minutes Late (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of five 500-word non-speculative flash stories: "Seven Minutes Late," "The Gift Horse," "That Meaningless Blade," "Sweet Time" and "Walking The Talk."
A Silicon Valley Writer, Volume 1 (2008-2009) (Blog Postings)
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Series: A Silicon Valley Writer Blog Postings. Price: Free! Words: 14,040. Language: American English. Published: April 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The first volume of blog postings from A Silicon Valley Writer about writing and being a writer, featuring 19 blog postings from 2008 through 2009: "The Screen Writer's Question," "The Writer & The Bedbugs," "Then Suddenly The Book Is Done," "The Blackmail of David Letterman," and "Aiming For The Prairie Schooner Book Prize."
Some Bad Decisions (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: American English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Claude prepares a deadly surprise for Plain Jane, a petite albino prostitute he brought back to his motel room, who unnerves him with her cravings for alcohol, unexplainable incidents that belies her plain appearance, and her inside knowledge of the Las Vegas ripper. (A 3,730-word short story.)
A Misplaced Stick (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
After his uncle disappears into the forest with a bucket of lard, Little Billy learns from his grandfather about the birds and the bees, the different lessons of his father and uncle, and why he shouldn't put his stick into any larded knothole on the family ranch in Morgan Hill. (A 2,515-word short story.)
Let Me Be Your Spook (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: American English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
As their dates went for refreshments and didn't bother to return, George, the low-level C.I.A. analyst from San Francisco, and Gracie, a medieval history student at Stanford University, trade notes on why their dates conspired against church rules to see each other at a wedding reception in the manure capital of California. (A 1,700-word short story.)
Essays From Silicon Valley, Volume 1 (Omnibus)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: American English. Published: February 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Essays
Read four essays for one low price in this first omnibus edition, featuring "The Cabbage Patch Doll Fight: A Christmas Shopping Tale," "Death At A Hell's Angels' Funeral: Driving Past The Memories," "Experiencing The Death of Elvis: Another Childhood Tragedy" and "KGO Radio Jumps The Shark: More News, Less Talk."
The Devil's Advocates (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: American English. Published: February 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
John Wormwood, a veteran news reporter for The Silicon Valley Gazette, witnesses a satanic human sacrifice that opens the bronze doors of the Rodin's The Gates of Hell statue at Stanford University, and runs for his life with the biggest news story of his career - except no one believes him. (A 5,340-word short story.)
KGO Radio Jumps The Shark: More News, Less Talk (Essay)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: American English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Radio
After Cumulus Media switched KGO Radio (810AM) from an all talk format to an all news format in December 2011, laying off the best radio talent in the San Francisco Bay Area and throwing away 40 years of broadcasting history in a desperate bid to improve ratings, the lost of familiar voices over the airwaves was heartbreaking. (A 3,660-word essay.)
The Semper Fi Engagement (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,360. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
After a retired U.S. Marine sergeant evicts a group of pot-smoking, beer-drinking and promiscuous teenagers from the back stairs of his apartment building, they come back for cold revenge and all hell breaks loose as his fighting spirit possess a shopping cart to hunt them down. (A 9,000-word short story.)
Experiencing The Death of Elvis: A Childhood Tragedy (Essay)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
On the day that Steve Jobs died in October 2011, I felt an immense sadness not for the technological visionary who just passed away but for another cultural icon who changed the world for an earlier generation. The death of Elvis Presley in 1977 that cast a long shadow over my childhood, as my mother loved him more than either my father or myself. (A 3,230-word essay.)
Death At A Hell's Angels' Funeral: Driving Past The Memories (Essay)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » History
With hundreds of police officers lining the street across from the cemetery on one side, and 3,000 Hell's Angels attending a funeral and a shooting at the same service inside the cemetery, the resulting traffic jam between the two sides made for an interesting Saturday afternoon on 10/15/2011. (A 3,730-word essay.)
A Few Short Stories, Volume 2 (Omnibus)
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Series: A Few Short Stories Omnibus. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,350. Language: American English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Read 14 flash and short stories from seven ebooks in this second omnibus volume for one low price, featuring: "Salt Of The Air," "Swine Of The Earth," "Honey Of The Fire," "Rice Of The Water," "Silent Observers," "A Leap Of Faith," "Dead Enders," "Saved By The Bell," "The Hungry Red Devil," and "How Not to Stake A Vampire."
How Not To Stake A Vampire (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,980. Language: American English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of five 500-word speculative flash stories, featuring "How Not To Stake A Vampire," "Hog Wild Under The Moon," "Golem Got The Blues," "An Unanswered Question" and "A Wild Fish Tale."
Dead Enders (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,320. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Claudia and her three guy friends get more than they bargain for when they pick up the mysterious girl in white hitchhiking on the I-5 in Southern California to Mexico, who is neither human nor vampire and harbors a deadly secret. (A 4,975-word short story.)
A Few Short Stories, Volume 1 (Omnibus)
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Series: A Few Short Stories Omnibus. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,600. Language: American English. Published: April 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Read 18 flash and short stories from ten ebooks in this first omnibus volume for one low price, featuring "The World's Best Coffee," "The Uninvited Spook," "The Unfaithful Camera," "Walking Into The Night," "The Devil Came A-Collecting," "The Potwasher's New Magic Trick," "Paying Taxes, American Style," "The Bomb Hole Incident," and "The Nowhere October Surprise."
The Nowhere October Surprise (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: American English. Published: April 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A bored intern at the U.S. Department of State mail room takes home mis-routed diplomatic letters to keep the colorful stamps for her collection, inadvertently starting a war with an obscure island nation of Nowhere in the South Pacific during the 2008 presidential election. (A 5,560-word short story).
The Bomb Hole Incident (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: American English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
On the last day of summer before their junior year in high school, two boys finish blasting off fireworks inside the bomb hole in the front yard to annoy the lady across the street and grin like idiots at the police doing a slow drive through the neighborhood. (A 2,050-word short story.)
The Pot Washer's New Magic Trick (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
After Alejandro the waiter performs a new magic trick that humiliates him in front of the whole kitchen, Johnny the pot washer comes up with a new magic trick of his own to serve a cold dish of revenge. (A 2,190-word short story.)
Paying Taxes, American Style (Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
With 15 minutes left on the clock until the courthouse closes for the weekend, Leticia is all alone at the front desk and deep into her bodice-ripper paperback when an old man walks in to pay the taxes that he owe - and then some. (A 1,825-word short story.)
Marigolds For A Vampire (Novella)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,900. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Jeremiah Smithfield, a vampire hunter who returns home after a quarter-century absence to attend the funeral of his former partner, gets confronted by the widow with a machete, a homicide investigation of a vampiric serial killer, and a mysterious girl in white with a cigarette-toting raven. (A 22,500-word novella.)
A Pumpkin's Life (Poetry)
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Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of one poem ("A Pumpkin's Life") and nine haiku poems ("A Writer's Fury," "At The Potter's House," "Before Winter Approaches," "Black Bumble Bee," "Gone Swimming," "Green Peas," "Mount Wilson," "Spider Plant," and "The Lord's Pasture").
An Ironic Flash of Life (Flash Stories)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: American English. Published: February 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of nine flash stories about the sacred and profane in an ironic kind of way, featuring "The Forgotten Sinner," "Uncle Fred's Wild Splash Hit," "Blind Faith," "The Old Frenchman," "Jesus Saves You Money," "Pure Indulgence," "An Old Man's Confession," "Bubbles & Stickers" and "Walking Home."
The Cabbage Patch Doll Fight: A Christmas Shopping Tale (Essay)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: American English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Holidays / Christmas & Advent
Have you ever wondered how far a grandmother would go to get the hottest Christmas toy for her baby granddaughter? I never did until I witnessed how desperate my mother was to get a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980's. A violent incident that changed my childhood forever. (A 950-word essay.)
The Giggling Mongoose: Kitchen Elementals (Flash Stories)
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Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
If the restauranteur has high standards, expects perfection from the people around him, and has cannibalistic tendencies, it's best to stay on his good side to avoid becoming the main ingredient of a special dish. (Four 500-word flash stories featuring Charles Goodwin of The Giggling Mongoose.)
The World's Best Coffee (Short Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: American English. Published: November 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mark never had a problem diving for the world's best coffee inside a crowded coffee shop and walking out the door without paying until Georgia chases him all over the shopping center to get her coffee back. (A 1,025-word short story.)
The Uninvited Spook (Short Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: American English. Published: November 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An uninvited spook from across the street listens in as three veteran spymasters discuss the future of their follow spymaster who is late to his own surprise birthday party. (A 1,000-word short story.)