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Trying to post a fiction piece — Prologue and Chapter 1


With a sigh, Dar­ren leaned against the cold white wall and watched peo­ple wan­der slow­ly into the amphithe­atre. They would run if they knew what this is about, he thought. And when they do know, a few of them may run the oth­er direc­tion. He chuck­led silent­ly and threw a glance at the blond-haired man sit­ting in the first row of seats. He winked and threw a quick smile at his part­ner, Aron, who returned the expres­sion with a casu­al salute.

A large group of peo­ple entered the room, talk­ing ani­mat­ed­ly. A few of them went to the podi­um and spoke to Dar­ren, mak­ing quick, per­func­to­ry greet­ings to his hus­band. Dar­ren spoke with enthu­si­asm, ges­tur­ing to data on a com­put­er screen on the podi­um. One of the women laughed aloud, cov­er­ing her mouth as she blushed and cast her eyes down­ward. Dar­ren ran his left hand through his wavy dark hair and gri­maced. He cast anoth­er look at Aron and winked.
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Posted on October 10th 2006 by James

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Angry beyond the power of words to express

There are very few events, sit­u­a­tions, or peo­ple who make me so angry I have to fight myself for con­trol of what I do. Last night pre­sent­ed such a sit­u­a­tion.

I belong to a very good writ­ers’ group. The peo­ple in this group have all been pub­lished, with two excep­tions. One of those excep­tions is very new to writ­ing; the oth­er is the prob­lem of which I speak.

This per­son seems to have the opin­ion that since he is old­er than the rest of the group he knows more than we do. It doesn’t mat­ter what the sub­ject is. That’s annoy­ing enough.

Then he went too far. He has begun to insult and den­i­grate one of the women in the group because she hasn’t been writ­ing late­ly. He knows that she’s hav­ing some seri­ous health issues, but doesn’t seem to think that mat­ters. He has absolute­ly no con­cern nor even sim­ple com­pas­sion for any­one!

Okay…the per­son he has insult­ed and hurt is a friend of mine, so that doesn’t make my feel­ings on the mat­ter any eas­i­er to han­dle.

But come on! If some­one is deal­ing with a poten­tial­ly life-threat­en­ing health prob­lem, how crass, crude, stu­pid, and utter­ly soul-less do you have to be to stoop to insult­ing that per­son for not writ­ing!?

Posted on June 13th 2006 by James

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Nice compliment

One of the fic­tion pieces I’m work­ing on is a mod­ern urban fan­ta­sy mur­der mystery. A cowork­er recent­ly asked to read some of my work so I let her read the pro­logue to that sto­ry.

She just came to my desk beg­ging for more of the story. If only I had more than the pro­logue and the first chap­ter ready for pub­lic con­sump­tion.

I’m putting that pro­logue on here for any­one who might want to read it.

Posted on June 9th 2006 by James

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