SONDER

n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own

I love stories and words. Especially ones like sonder, which for me is both a word and a story. [Consider watching the video… it’s well worth two minutes thirty-nine seconds. I warn you that the thoughts it engenders might (hopefully) last much, much longer.] There’s a moment—usually early morning with a second cup of coffee—when […]

WISHBOOK [Available Now]

New Nonfiction With a Client

Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please, read the following from the book. [You can also read more about it here and how the title came about here.]             AFTERWORD As you now know, the author—Jack Carpenter—chose to treat the topic […]

The WHETHER Forecast

 “A true saying it is: Desire hath no rest, is infinite in itself, endless, and as one calls it, a perpetual rack, or horse-mill.” That was written by St. Augustine b. 353AD, d. 430AD, as cited by Robert Burton in his 1621 work titled, Anatomy of Melancholy. He was talking about what is known as the […]

‘The Girl in Blue’

Flashfiction

I came across a picture that–as they often do–made me wonder at the story behind it. It was of the tombstone of a little girl, never identified (for decades) struck and killed by a train. I could have made something up about the girl: why no one claimed her body; why there was no family […]

EXCERPT ‘A hard blow to the balls’

SCENE DRAFT | The D'Arkane Files

“I’m not going to attempt to teach you any advanced hand-to-hand combat. If you come on anyone or anything and I’m not there to handle them don’t screw around. Use a gun or a blade.” Alex showed Morgan the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife in his hand. It looked like a long double-edged dagger. And was very […]

EXCERPT ‘On 7th Street, An Angel Fell’ THE CHOICE

DRAFT

All she had lost—the choices made and not made—and their haunting pain bowed her. She looked at the man and thought about redemption, the promise she had been given. Her back and shoulders spasmed; her yearning to fly again above all the hurt found on the surface of the Earth shook her. But the man […]

EXCERPT ‘She Was Always Called Just G’

SCENE DRAFT

“Hey Professor,” Bob asked Jim Sutton, reading at the end of the table, who had been a college teacher before getting drunk one too many times at university functions. “What’s your opinion of the new guy… Bradley?” Jim marked his spot in the book with a finger and looked blearily up, scanning the break room […]

EXCERPT ‘On 7th Street, An Angel Fell’ SCENE 01

DRAFT

There is a moment for angels, a flicker of an instance when they feel as humans do. As they must because it is necessary to give them finality. It shows them why they—angels—exist even though Man doubts… or denies. It is that moment—what they call The Fall—when it is determined if they continue to serve […]