It’s Easter Egg Time! Elkins Strikes Again.

One of the great problems with being a writer is that you never know how people are going to take your more disturbing stories. You set traps, drop Easter eggs, and lavish hidden humor and puns in hopes that someone gets it. 

Elkins does it all today. And I got it. I now feel even better about tomorrow’s story, which is almost, but not quite, as disturbing. Whew. 

So go and read it at this link and get some serious time in with a master of insane.

A random picture of Stormy for no reason at all relating to the story. Click on her to read the story.

We hope you’ll visit the other authors who comprise this collection: Paul Bennett, Robert CelyDerek Elkins, Jamie D. Greening, Kathy Kexel, and Joe Shaw. As always, there’s no fee, we’re doing this to help you pass the time. We do ask that you buy our books/audio books to help pay the freight here. But that’s up to you! Mine are all on the right margin of the blog.

I’ll Be Home For Dinner: Jamie Greening Writes A Story You Can All Identify With Today

Jamie is my friend. I abuse Jamie regularly. He’s not as smart as I am, nor as good looking. (Some things are obvious.) But he clearly is one notch above me for writing this week, and today’s story proves that in spades. Click on this link and go see what he’s up to with his story – you won’t regret it! 

We hope you’ll visit the other authors who comprise this collection: Paul Bennett, Robert CelyDerek Elkins, Jamie D. Greening, Kathy Kexel, and Joe Shaw. As always, there’s no fee, we’re doing this to help you pass the time. We do ask that you buy our books/audio books to help pay the freight here. But that’s up to you! Mine are all on the right margin of the blog.

And, The COVID Quarantine Cantina is now on sale. Go buy a Kindle for yourself, and a dozen paper copies for your family. 

 

Let Me Hum Along.

I’m not going t make any jokes today. The story is magnificent. Robert Cely has turned out a masterpiece. While I have a chance, Thank You, Robert!

Now, click on this link and go read his story. it’s fantastic.

We hope you’ll visit the other authors who comprise this collection: Paul Bennett, Robert CelyDerek Elkins, Jamie D. Greening, Kathy Kexel, and Joe Shaw. As always, there’s no fee, we’re doing this to help you pass the time. We do ask that you buy our books/audio books to help pay the freight here. But that’s up to you! Mine are all on the right margin of the blog.

Pilgrim Packer Fans

Kathy Kexel lives in Wisconsin. She loves Jesus and the Packers. And Pilgrims. Since she lives in Wisconsin, she probably has some strange ideas and may have been kidnapped by aliens. She manages to combine it all in today’s very good story at this link. 

We hope you’ll visit the other authors who comprise this collection: Paul Bennett, Robert CelyDerek Elkins, Jamie D. Greening, Kathy Kexel, and Joe Shaw. As always, there’s no fee, we’re doing this to help you pass the time. We do ask that you buy our books/audio books to help pay the freight here. But that’s up to you! Mine are all on the right margin of the blog.

And, just in time for Thanksgiving, The COVID Quarantine Cantina is available for sale. Both Kindle and print, with the audio book any day now – it makes a great gift, and it helps support our writing efforts!

Veterans Day 2020

In years gone by I’ve posted clever (I thought) flash fiction. But this year I want to talk a little bit about the toll.

You see, veterans are people who write checks to their country that when cashed result in damaged bodies, wrecked minds and death. We all wrote those checks and hoped they wouldn’t be cashed. But we vowed our sacred loyalty to the United States of America. That oath never expires, by the way.

This year the loss of friends has hit me harder than in the past. I am still young, in my opinion, but way too many of my friends are dead. And the remaining ones all have damage to their bodies from their service. They don’t hear very well – my hearing aid story is next week – or their backs and knees are shot from carrying 100 pound packs or doing 100 carrier landings. Some have emotional problems from what they witnessed, or did themselves. Others were raped by strangers while in the military – both men and women.

And yet, as a group, there is none finer. I’d rather take that broken battalion of boozers into tight places and fight my way out with them than with even the best civilians. 

The reason why? We have shared history. I might never have met them before, but I know their mind and their life because I lived it as well. I have more in common with Korean War vets than my civilian peers. I can sit and drink a beer with a 24 year old female Marine and understand her better than her parents can. And God help you if you talk trash to either one of us, for you get to fight both of us.

But I miss my friends. I miss my sea-daddy Pete who couldn’t adjust to civilian life and killed himself. I miss Stache who just up and died one day last year with no warning. I miss Mike who died of cancer after a long battle. I miss the ones whom I never hear any more and don’t know how they died. 

I miss my youth with them. I miss not being able to tell the stories to you because they’re still classified.

But I honor everyone, even if I don’t like them, who put on the uniform and served. 

And today I will remember them all.