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...
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 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 17

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 17

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,037 Vina was left behind in Iqaluit, fuming mad and most likely to scald tender ears with her hot words. The small cargo plane that First Air coordinated for Dagen’s drop at Clyde River was not a passenger plane, but Dagen could ride in the...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 16

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 16

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,789Dagen hung up the phone as Vina leaned against the wall where it hung. She said, “I didn’t know they made these anymore. Does it actually work?”“Better than a cell phone that doesn’t work at all up here,” said Dagen. “Ax might have some...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 15

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 15

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,014Not long after Miriam hung up the phone with Dagen, Ax returned to the office. She was condensing the contents from several filing boxes into one that would house information useful for building a database for Ax. Many people from around the...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 15

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 15

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,114“Miriam, is that you,” asked the caller on the other end of the line. Miriam had to stepped around a haphazard maze of filing boxes in Ax’s small office above the coffee roaster to answer the phone on his desk. She hadn’t expected to hear...
Warm Like Melting Ice Day 14

Warm Like Melting Ice Day 14

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,564At the first clearing of the storm, after three days of winds clocked at 60 knots per hour, an L382G Hercules roared over Clyde River. Even students from the school clambered out of the front door at the noise the plane made banking and then...