The End

This ending to an imaginary novel is the second post of flash fiction week V. Evening had closed in. Strains of familiar Irish tunes both held me in the present and sent my thoughts winging far across the ocean and into the past. In their notes was held the memories of my lifetime. The parties … Continue reading The End


Human Accounting

Russ grabbed his brother, spun him around and hugged him. Under his breath he said, "Thank God you're okay." A reluctant breeze swayed the yellowed, ruffled kitchen curtains and cigarette smoke swirled around the dingy room. Russ then pushed Jackson back and slugged him. Jackson flew back, knocking over the kitchen table. Mother's crystal salt … Continue reading Human Accounting


It was hot in the lounge. Pick, pick, pick... ah, skin in a strip that exposed flesh on her leg. Amazing, Anna thought, so beautiful. "I do that too," called Joel from the worn sofa across the room. "I like it across my wrists." "It's not the same thing," Anna replied. "I'm not trying to, … Continue reading Hooked


“But Ms. Tuttle,” said Phillip. “I don’t know what to write about.” “Write about anything,”  Ms. Tuttle said calmly. “Inspiration isn’t that hard to come by, is it?” Geoffrey raised his hand. “Can’t you just give us some ideas? A place to start?” From her desk, Ms. Tuttle made a note on the pad of paper on … Continue reading Inspiration

“What We Have Here…”

His cowboy hat was askew and she had nothing in common with him. As far as she could see. Which would have been fine, except it mattered: she wanted to be in a relationship. She looked idly up at the Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling. If people keep decorating seasonally and leaving it up … Continue reading “What We Have Here…”

The Last of It

It was a ridiculous way to die, and for that alone, he would never forgive her. In the future, when people asked about his wife’s death in lugubrious, respectful tones, he would have to say, “She was trying to buy Girl Scout cookies at a table set up too close to the railroad tracks and … Continue reading The Last of It

Flash Fiction week

As we've announced: March 19th through the 23rd--the third week of the third month of 2012--is flash fiction week on the Nose. All stories to have three characters and top out at 300 words. Monday will feature a story by Julie Goldberg, from Perfect Whole.