May 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

May 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

Work, work, and more work. If you want to know why my daughter is living on the Svalbard Archipelago, she’s there to work. Her partner is head chef at a top restaurant that caters to eco-tourists, and given that he’s fed scientists in Antartica and elite...
July 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

July 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

Before you begin reading, turn on some music: Mark Isham. Our county had no high school of its own so students had to be bused out of the mountains of eastern California into a valley of northern Nevada. The bus ride was an hour each day, each way. Buses can be...
July 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

April 30: Flash Fiction Challenge

Serendipity. A good gift, seemingly by accident. Some would say coincidence. Others would say there is no such thing as coincidence. But a good gift, none-the-less lucky. We often find serendipity when we write. Brevity taught me about nines: I can evoke a creative...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 26

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 26

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,487 Moe Ipeelie limped to his cabin door. He twisted his ankle crossing over the rock face of the fjords. He had to abandon his skidoo, after casting off his sled and most of his gear. Not all his gear. His tarp caught in the wind and one of...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 26

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 25

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,389 The trouble with a rescue operation on Baffin Island, or really anywhere in the northern territories is that the area is vast and the resources are sparse. Even with knowing a plane’s final position after going down, the coordinates may not...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 26

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 24

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,500 As Laurel Henney sat with one leg crossed over another in the lobby of the Frobisher Inn, she bounced her foot impatiently. Glancing at the roman numerals of her her Rolex watch of champagne gold, she noted that Vina Winslow was six minutes...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 23

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 23

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,500Miriam looked out the window of the twin engine turboprop at the expanse of blue and white. It could have been the prairies of the Midwest in winter, mostly flat with distinct ridges to show where water cut rivulets to form long, low...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 21

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 21

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,882 “If you’re going to crash a C-130 in the arctic, do it in the winter, I say.” Alex poked at the fire on the open wall of their half snow-cave, half lean-to. To their backside was the Herc itself, but in order to produce a heat source, the...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 21

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 20

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,958 The three Inuit men bundled in tawny furs and hides from the depths of hooded parkas to the soles of knee-high mukluks introduced themselves as Simeon, Alvin and Theodore. Only Alvin spoke English so he did the introducing. Conrado asked...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 19

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 19

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,947Dagen finished a second piece of warm apple pie, something he hadn’t thought to encounter in Clyde River. Lucie was sitting with him at the kitchen table and five other elderly woman, even older than Lucie who seemed to be about a similar...
Warm Like Melting Ice  Day 18

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 18

Nano WriMo Word Count: 2,013 The L382G Hercules, affectionately called the “Herc” and better known as a C-130, was a tundra workhorse. From pilots who fly them to airborne paratroopers who jump from them, it is arguably the best plane ever built. Its hulking frame can...