June 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
William Clayton broke into Giliad’s apartment today. He’s scopin’ the place out just to make sure his keys work. Killing is on his mind, but just how is the question.
June 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
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June 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Showing emotion can be one of the hardest things for new writers. Most spend hours learning body language and the physical reactions emotions stir.
Fist-clenching. Teeth grinding. Lip-curling. We know them all. We have the list.
The problem is that these standard expressions get old quickly. If your antagonist sneers more than once in a book, he looks like a cartoon villain.
April 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Doug Becker walked into his son’s bedroom and took the rolling chair next to Sammy sitting at his desk.
“Got them girls figured out yet Sam?” He asked.
November 11, 2011 § 2 Comments
Rusty and beat up, like a dessert mesa, the building rose. Lonely among the red sands sitting silently centered in a patch of blacktop, hot and stinking of oily asphalt fumes.
“What time he supposed to show up”
“Said Three o’clock”
“Well it’s goddam half past three o’clock now, he’s fucking late”
“What d’ya mean shut up, the guy was supposed to be here half an hour ago, you shut up. I’m sick of this stink. Maybe he changed his mind.”
“What we going to do if he don’t show.”
“We’ll do it ourselves.”
“You’re nuts, we ain’t never done something like this ourselves.”
“Well, there’s a first time for everything, you ain’t scared of it are you?”
“Fuck no, I ain’t scared of shit.”
Waves of heat rose from the blacktop, shimmering mirages beyond the car’s hood, then, a stretch of baked concrete leading to a door.
“Le’me see the gun.”
He reached under the seat, feeling the upholstery brush his hands as he felt along the carpet, finally, feeling the grip, he pulled at it. It got caught in some wiring and spring work.
“Shit, this things gonna go off, blow my balls off in the process. Damn thing’s stuck.”
“Don’t blow your balls off, just get the gun out.”
He got it loose and tossed the gun on the seat next to him.
“There ya go, there it is. Now what, we gonna go or we gonna wait. We ain’t never done anything like this ourselves before.”
“Nothing to it.”
“Nothing to it my ass, we ain’t never done this ourselves before.”
“We just walk in like we own the place, walk down the hall, open the door and shoot the bastard. Simple.”
“Simple eh? You been inside? You know the layout? You know where to go?”
“Fuck you, you shut up. I say if this guy doesn’t show in the next minute we get out of here. We stick out like a sore thumb, there ain’t no other cars around us, people gonna wonder what the fuck two guys are doing sittin in a car in a goddamn half empty parking lot on such a hot fucking day. This stinks.”
Five minutes passed.
“Yeah, let’s go, it’s about time.”
He opened the car door, stepped into the heat clutching the gun and shoving it into his pants.
“I thought you meant let’s get out of here!”
“No, we’re going to do this thing. C’mon.”
The door handle burned the second his hand touched it. Yanking, quickly, the door fell open and a wash of cool air flooded across his sweated body filling it with sudden chill.
November 10, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Spectra fumbled for the key to the door of the tidy little vinyl sided bungalow. She kept it neat; its yard as neatly trimmed as Spectra’s short bobbed hair. Her demure frame fought to keep the grocery bag balanced on her leg while she felt through her purse trying to find the key. At last she found it.
Well manicured arborvitaes lined her narrow walk from the street to stoop. As night fell harder, the arborvitaes, tall enough to conceal, were merging into the darkness.
The street was quiet. To the east, a dome of pinkish yellow sodium phosphor lights from Mercodema inc.’s parking lot lit some of the darkness. Spectra didn’t notice the light, but she could hear the factory’s hum and smell the soot of the curing furnaces in the hot evening air.
She didn’t live in the shittiest part of town, but she knew that others had done better in life. Spectra was part of the town’s working class; most of whom worked at Mercodema. Poor, but proud.
The grocery bag she carefully balanced finally gave into the stress and broke. Eggs, bologna and a quart of milk fell to the porch stoop’s concrete. The milk bottle burst, egg shells cracked. The bologna package slipped along her leg before it hit the ground. Spectra cursed. In a split second, she continued fumbling for her keys.
The trip to and from the store had taken longer than expected, and she sensed it getting darker. She’d clean up the porch’s grocery pile after she opened the door. If at all.
Feeling along the door-jamb, Spectra found the key slot and twisted the deadbolt mechanism. It gave a solid ratcheting sound as the bolt disengaged the jamb. Spectra tried to aim for the doorknob’s slot now. Scraping along the ridges of the knob, the key wouldn’t find its mark.
Other groceries were falling out of the sack’s busted bottom. She was growing impatient, and worried.
A wind blew in and rustled the trees lining the street. The bungalow’s Ivy’s began to sway. Picking up more speed, the wind began to move Spectra’s skirt across her thighs. Spectra worked harder to get the key into the lock. In an instant the street was engulfed in a spray of dust and fine debris, sandblasting Spectra’s skin. The key found its mark; she opened the door and stepped inside, out of the storm. But some of the dust, the dust that had settled in around the town since the landing, followed her inside.
She shut the door against the wind.
Inside the darkened house, Spectra, comfortable in knowing the layout well, found her way to the kitchen. Pissed off that she had wasted a trip to the store, and that groceries were now sitting bare on the porch stoop, probably going to feed some stray, or whatever it was that walked the streets these nights, she found a jar of jam in the fridge, reached the cupboard for bread, and began to make herself a sandwich.
She cursed quietly for not being quicker at the store.
She returned to the door, to clean up the dust, as she turned the corner out of the kitchen, she heard a voice, looking up, the dust had….
October 12, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Here’s what manager Jim Leyland said about the October 11th win over the Texas Rangers:’
“You know what? This is us,” Leyland said. “We are what we are. We’ve been doing this for the whole year, and we’re going to either win this thing or go down with what we got.”
The Tigers are all beat up, but then again, who isn’t that’s still playing in October? Six months of baseball almost every day takes a toll on the body. But these guys are playing through it, and I’m glad for it.
It’s a big sports season here in Detroit. The Lions are kicking ass, the Tigers are in the playoffs, and the Red Wings are again, doing their thing.
From this battered patch of real estate in South Eastern Michigan, sports teams are rising to give a battered group of people some hope. Hope that maybe things are going to get a little better.
That’s a lot to ask of sports teams. But they’re delivering.
There’s hope here, you just have to look. And every time I get down on the area, maybe that’s what I need to remind myself of.
Here’s to hoping that what’s happening on the Detroit franchises’ playing fields carries over into the region, and we can all hope for better days for the D.