Category Archives: Short Stories

Habeas Corpus: An Analysis

I’ve posted another short story on Wattpad, this one almost entirely lighthearted. It was my immediate response to learning the premise of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. “I can only imagine,” I said to myself, and “Habeas Corpus” was the result of … Continue reading

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The Squeeze: An Analysis

This is a brief description of the source and origin of “The Squeeze,” a short story I posted on Wattpad a few weeks ago. Way back in 1991, I worked as the mail-order manager for the U.K. distributor of a … Continue reading

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Fçñp: An Analysis

A few weeks ago, I published a short story on Wattpad about a female named Fçñp (don’t worry: the name’s deliberately unpronounceable). Here are a few of my thoughts explaining my choices and some of intentions with the short story. Several years … Continue reading

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The Merchants of Venice: An Analysis

A few weeks ago, I published a short story on Wattpad called “The Merchants of Venice.” This essay will explain what I was trying to do with the short story and unpack some of its influences. In 2009, I attended … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Departure: An Analysis

Last week, I posted a short story on Wattpad called “The Enigma of Departure.” The story takes its title from the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico’s painting The Enigma of Arrival (left). I have been interested in de Chirico’s paintings, particularly his pittura … Continue reading

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The Wattpad Experiment: Week 4

It’s been more than a month since I started posting my short stories to Wattpad—the online repository of fiction long and short, popular and (in my case) decidedly unpopular. Somehow the weeks pass and I miss my deadline. (Isn’t that … Continue reading

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The Wattpad Experiment: Week 3

I have now posted three short stories to my Wattpad site, and the response has been—how shall I put it?—underwhelming. This is mostly my own fault. I only just figured out that it might be helpful to my would-be readers to … Continue reading

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