I used to publish my fiction on this blog, but for easier readability, I’ve since moved my stories to Goodreads. If you’re looking for free reading material, please check them out! Just click on the book cover to access the story.
Also, if you prefer reading on your mobile device, many of these stories are available for free in my book, Dying for Eternity: A Short-Story Collection.
Hope you enjoy, and as always, thanks for reading!
The Colane Conundrum: A Literary Sitcom
Former newspaper editor Lyle Colane never imagined he’d have a mid-life crisis at age 30. But after losing his job and his live-in girlfriend of two years — both on the same day — he’s forced to make some dramatic changes in his life. The results (as you might expect) are life-changing.
With witty, comedic dialogue in the vein of Neil Simon and Woody Allen, “The Colane Conundrum” is a literary sitcom for people who enjoy TV shows, but hate TV.
The Colane Chronicles
A prequel to my main fiction serial, “The Colane Conundrum,” this miniseries tells the story of Lyle Colane, a young man living in Reno who’s trying to figure out what he wants out of life — besides a second round.
Dying for Eternity
Two college students, Andrew and Matt, awaken in a mysterious compound with no memory of how they got there. They encounter a strange woman who tells them they’ve entered a spiritual realm … a halfway point between heaven and earth … because the unimaginable has happened:
However, for Andrew and Matt, death is only the beginning — the beginning of a murky and twisted reality that feels more like purgatory than a peaceful afterlife. And when it seems the spiritual realm they inhabit might not be so spiritual after all, their priority morphs from resting in peace to running for their lives….
Since age seventeen, Paul has been serving a life sentence in Permanent Detention, a special prison for enemies of the state. His crime? Possessing a banned book — one he inherited from his long-dead rebel father.
Now approaching thirty, Paul’s life has devolved to an empty, meaningless and very lonely routine. But one evening, his life takes a sudden and unexpected turn. For the first time in twelve years, he meets a woman — a fellow inmate named Pam. And though their encounter is brief, Paul falls deeply, profoundly in love.
Flushed with emotions he never knew existed, Paul dreams of Pam at every waking turn, envisioning the life they could share if only their lives were their own — if only they were free and far away.
Only Paul must cope with the fact that his life, like Pam’s, belongs to the state … and that no amount of dreaming can penetrate the prison’s thick walls. And when he’s told he can never see Pam again, Paul is forced to grapple with the emotions surging inside him … and to find meaning in a life over which he has no control.
Set in a dystopian future in which liberty and privacy have become relics of the past, “Permanent Detention” depicts a young man’s resolve to find beauty amid bleakness, and to dream of love in life’s darkest hours.
Jimmy Borman is a nerd. A lame, awkward, unpopular nerd. He’s never gotten the girl. He’s never even spoken to the girl. That’s how bad it is.
He and his best friend, Ronald, occupy the lowest echelons of the sophomore class. And unless something drastic happens, that’s exactly where they’re going to stay.
But then something drastic does happen — and it involves Jimmy meeting the girl of his dreams, Stacy Beckham.
The only problem? Jimmy’s family is planning to move to Reno during the summer.
Will Jimmy succeed in winning the heart of the girl he dearly adores? Or will he blow the opportunity and require a do-over?
Festering in Fremont
When Erin loses her prestigious job at a public-relations firm, she’s forced to move back in with her parents, returning to the small town she grew up in. Will she have an opportunity to reclaim her life, and her career, or will she remain festering in Fremont?
Nightmare of a Malefic Mind
Fred Walsh gave up on his dreams long ago. But now he’s entering a terrifying nightmare over which he has no control….
Baby Camp Recall
Ted is a 29-year-old loser who can’t hold down a job or maintain a relationship. He’s not sure why. All he knows is that his whole life, he’s been a miserable failure.
But then Ted’s mom gets a letter from a summer camp that Ted attended years ago. According to the letter, the camp used experimental education methods that have proven to be traumatic. In an attempt to reverse the damage, the summer camp is asking for all former students — who now are all adults in their late 20s — to return for a cure.
They’re issuing a recall.
If Ted goes back, will it solve all his problems and put him back on the path to success? Will he be able to live the life he should have been living all along?
Find out in Baby Camp Recall.