Stephen L. Thompson’s Published Works

Stephen L. Thompson’s
Published Flash Fiction 2014-???


Hello. Here is a listing of all of my published flash fiction works from 2014 until ??. (I consider flash fiction to be between 100 and 1000 words.) They are listed with the most recent publications on the top and I have the work’s title, when and where it was published, and a brief blurb or history of the story. Most of these stories are on the web and I have linked to them. I hope you enjoy.









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“Dad”

May 2017 Oneoveralpha's Ramblings Blog

As you’ll see if you check out the blog post this story is posted in, I saw a video that reminded me of a story I wrote years ago. So I figured I’d polish up the old story and repost it. If you want to see my original blurb, as well as a link to the original version of the story, it can be found here.

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“The Point”

April 2017 Oneoveralpha's Writing Blog

Some of my stories are no longer online. I was going through them recently – for a project – and I came across some that I felt needed to see the light of day again. So I’m going to polish them up and repost them. The original blurb for this story can be found here.

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“The Greater the Risk”

March 2017 Oneoveralpha's Writing Blog

When SpaceX announced that they were going to send people around the moon, I remembered writing a story along those lines. So I dug it out, gave it a quick polish, and reposted it. If you want to see my original blurb, as well as a link to the original version of the story, it can be found here.

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“Coming With Forks”

November 2016 Oneoveralpha's Writing Blog
A revised version appeared in my book A Man of Few Words

This is just a reposting of a Thanksgiving story from my collection A Man of Few Words. The original blurb can be found here.

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“Walls”

May 2016 My Questions Blog

I first wrote this story in October 2006 and reposted it in May 2008. But the issue is still around and kicking, so I thought to repost it again.

This started in response to the border wall, and originally was going to be about the world putting up a wall around the US to keep our fast food, and “American culture” from infecting the rest of the world, but then it went on a different path.

Now, some will read this and come away thinking that I hate America. I’ll reply that I’m a student of history. Rome was the greatest power in the world; yet it fell. Why will America be different? I am honest enough to admit that someday America will fade, even fall. But to steal a line, there is no shame in that, no dishonor. It is the natural order of things.

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“An RI World”

March 2016 My Questions Blog

What’s the deal with the flags?

This story was first published several years ago on a website that is no longer around. As the day the first AI comes closer, I think it’s important we start thinking of how we will treat them, so I revised and reposted it. Shortly after I reposted it, that site went away. So I gave it another quick polish and put it up on my blog where I ask questions. Hopefully, it stays there.

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“Cosmos: An Epic Adventure”

March 2016 Oneoveralpha's Ramblings Blog

I originally wrote this story when Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered. The site I posted it on is no longer around, so I decided to give it a polish and repost it. This is my idea for the third iteration of the Cosmos series.

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“Two Apples for the Teacher”

January 2016, Oneoveralpha's Writing Blog

Over the years, I’ve written two stories commemorating the astronauts who died during the Apollo 1 and Challenger accidents. They were on different sites, but I revised them and posted them on my blog. Maybe someday I’ll write stories to commemorate the other astronauts and cosmonauts who have died.

This story is for the Challenger. You can click here to see what I originally wrote for this.

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“Memento”

January 2016, Oneoveralpha's Writing Blog

There is a, usually, weekly webcast called TMRO (pronounced “Tomorrow”) that deals with space things, from rocket launches to discoveries about other planets and anything in between. In one show, they talked about postage stamps the USPS was putting out with planets. There are also moon stamps. One host pointed out that these moon stamps looked like coins and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have Moon coins?” I made a note of “Moon coins” because it seemed like an interesting idea, and it led to this story.

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“The Christmas Police”

November 2015 30 Stories in 30 Days

It seems every year the “war” on Christmas becomes more and more ridiculous. So I wrote a story that sums that up.

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“Preserving Memories”

November 2015 30 Stories in 30 Days

Every summer since I moved back home, I pick currants, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, and strawberries. We freeze them, and in the fall my mom will take them out and make jellies and jams out of them. They’re canned and put down in our cellar. About a week before I wrote this story, I grabbed a jar of grape jelly, but it hadn’t canned properly. So I wrote a story about that.

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“Tricked”

November 2015 30 Stories in 30 Days

Halloween was just a few days before I wrote this story. And I had the idea of an adult trick-or-treating. I guess I can’t really say more without giving the twist away.

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“Travels Beyond Imagination”

October 8, 2015, Writer’s Stew, Volume Three

I was looking for a short, interesting idea for the collection the writing group I belong to was putting together. Since I’m a supporter of returning to the moon, I was looking for something set on the moon and I eventually came up with this idea. I can’t remember exactly what made me think of it, but I think it turned out pretty well.

I posted this on my blog so people can read it.

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“Plan A”

March 16, 2015 on Best Writers

I jotted down the first version of this story when I was spending more time binge watching some show instead of writing. Unfortunately, that seems to be rather common with me. There is a plan to write after watching the show, but there are just so many shows to watch. I guess I need to start working on Plan B.

This story is no longer online.

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“Shake Things Up”

January 8, 2015 on Daily Two Cents

As I’m trying to come up with new ideas for stories, I often let my imagination go off on wild tangents. One day, such a tangent led to me thinking about earthquake machines. I liked the idea, but I couldn’t think of a story I could use earthquake machine in. But I like what I came up with.

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“Revenge”

December 24, 2014 on Post Any Article

I wrote and published this several years ago, but since it’s a story that fits in with Christmas, I figured it was time to revise it and repost it. And if you’re wondering, I never did anything like in the story to my siblings. But it’s a good idea.

The story is no longer online.

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“An RI World”

December 22, 2014 on Post Any Article

What’s the deal with the flags?

This story was published several years ago on a website that is no longer around. As the day the first AI comes closer, I think it’s important we start thinking of how we will treat them, so I revised and reposted it. My vote is to treat them as equal beings, but not everyone will feel that way.

This story is no longer online.

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“Community Improvement”

December 15, 2014
QuarterReads

I first wrote this several years ago. I think it was during my “time travel” phrase where I was looking at various uses for time travel. I’m guessing I just combined “time travel” and “urban renewal” into “temporal renewal” to see what I could come up with. “Community Improvement” is what I came up with.

This story is no longer online.

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“Jedi ER”

December 13, 2014 on Post Any Article

I wrote and published this several years ago, but it was no longer online. So I revised it and put it back up.

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“The Gift of Vomit”

December 4, 2014 on Daily Two Cents

I have no direct, personal experience calling in “sick” to work. Of course, if I were to do such a thing, I’d probably stay up until three or four in the morning and then call my boss’ work phone and leave a message saying, “I don’t know if I’ll be in in the morning, I’ve been throwing up all evening.” That way, they have a time stamp, and you can’t really fake calling in at three in the morning. Plus, when I worked I didn’t stay up that late, so in my call I sound exhausted, just like someone throwing up all night. But the best part, I’d then just turn off the alarm and sleep in. I mean, if I were to ever do something like that.

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“Darth Chronosus”

December 3, 2014 on Post Any Article

I had posted this story before, but that version is no longer online, so I revised and reposted it on Post Any Article. This is a true story; it actually happened to me at the Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia in 2005. I revised a bit that dated it. How many of you Star Wars geeks out there can top this?

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“Invisible Strings”

December 1, 2014
QuarterReads

I don’t remember exactly where this story came from. I think I was going through a phase where people from the future were coming back to “help” the people of the past. I guess this was the most effective way they could make sure their changes actually went through. I think the scariest part is that they caused some of the bad events of history to happen, all for their grand plan.

This story is no longer online.

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“In the Victor’s Footsteps”

November 25, 2014 on Post Any Article

I posted this story several years ago in two parts, but I decided to combine and revise them for Post Any Article.

The story is no longer online.
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“That’s … a Plan?”

Week of November 16, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

You may have heard that some idiot is marrying Charles Manson. I wanted to write something about that, but without giving any publicity to it. Anyway, this is what I came up with.

This story is no longer online.

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“Kids”

November 18, 2014 on Post Any Article

I had posted this story before, but I decided to repost it when I heard about Post Any Article.

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“Death by Sexbot”

November 17, 2014 on Post Any Article

I had posted this story before, but I decided to repost it when I heard about Post Any Article.

The story is no longer online.
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“Four Score and Dear God!”

November 14, 2014 on Post Any Article

I had posted this story before, but I decided to repost it when I heard about Post Any Article.

The story is no longer online.
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“Good for the Goose”

October 30, 2014 Bubblews

This is a story that was first published years ago on MySpace. Remember MySpace? Well, I recently saw that MySpace had apparently deleted old profiles, so this story was no longer online. But I thought it interesting enough to bring it back, so I revised it and put it on my Bubblews profile.

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“It’s a Fine Line”

Week of October 19, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

One day I was thinking about maybe taking things a little easy because I hadn’t been sleeping all that well and doing stuff like cutting firewood. But then I wondered if that just wasn’t being lazy. And I figured there can be a fine line between the two.

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“Sickening”

Week of October 12, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

“Who’s sick of politicians talking about Ebola?” Anyone? Why can’t we have someone like Ann Kedra in Congress.

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“No Longer Number One”

October 14, 2014
QuarterReads

I first wrote this story years ago, so I don’t remember what prompted me into writing it. But it is my thoughts on what it will mean to humanity when we find intelligent aliens.

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“Reset”

Week of October 5, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

This story started because my laptop likes to act up sometimes and not want to connect to the internet. This got me thinking how terrible that would be to people who had some internet connection directly in their brains. Somehow, this story came out of that.

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“Deadbeat”

Issue 196, October 2014
AntipodeanSF

This is one of those stories I don’t know if I can say anything about before you read it because it would give too much away. I guess I can say it’s a short story, set in a possible future. Check it out and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Click here to read the story.
You can also listen to it here. (Once it is up.)

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“The Honeymoon’s Over”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

My muse and I weren’t getting along. That’s where this story came from.

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“Moving On”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

About ten years ago, one of those mall kiosk girls talked me into buying a bottle of this special hand lotion. The reason I bought is that while I dislike hand lotion – it seems greasy to me, even the stuff advertised as non-greasy – where I worked at the time I washed my hands about twenty times a day. Normally that wasn’t a problem, but during the winter my hands would really dry up and crack. By Thursday or Friday, some of the cracks would start bleeding. So I bought this bottle to use on my really dry hands during the winter. But since I dislike the feel, I only used it when things got really bad. So ten years later, and since I don’t work at that job anymore, I still have half-a-bottle left.

Lately, I have a spot on the side of my foot that gets dry and cracked. So one night I remembered this half-a-bottle of stuff and put some on it. Unfortunately, I got too much on my hand and ended up covering my whole foot and ankle with the stuff. Since then, my quilt has the scent of it. One night as I was falling asleep with this scented quilt, I remembered my story “Tickle, Tickle” about a guy enjoying the scent of his girlfriend on his pillow. And that somehow led to this story.

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“Just Another Brick in the Wall”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

I’m a fan of Red Letter Media and enjoy watching all of their videos. One of their offshoots – I guess – is Previously Recorded, which deals with video games. I’m not a gamer, but sometimes it’s interesting to hear about the story elements in some games which are interesting just from a story telling aspect, but often they discuss movies and various other – at times – interesting subjects.

Anyway, I was watching the video of the one guy Jack playing Tiny Barbarian DX. Basically, this barbarian runs around and kills various creatures, but along the way he can smash some rocks and get jewels or some chicken to heal him. Finding odd, hidden things is pretty standard in games, but the chicken got me thinking. Why is there – apparently – cooked chicken hidden in rocks across this kingdom? Who put them there, and why? This story was my attempt at answering those questions.

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“The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

This story came from my Wednesday Writing Prompt for October 16, 2013. I just tried to come up with something interesting with it.

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“The Dim Past”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

I actually started writing this story during a power outage. Fortunately, I had just finished recharging my laptop. As I sat in the dark waiting for the power to come back (it ended up being out for five or six hours) I started thinking what future generations would think about how “primitive” our power systems were.

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“Puppy Wuppy”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

We have a dog, although he’s more my dad’s dog. Every time my dad leaves he’ll either lie there depressed or cry. And when my dad comes back, he’ll jump up wagging his tail. So the other day my mom and dad went to town and I held on to our dog’s collar to keep him from following the car. And I told him, “Don’t worry, he’ll be back.” And I started to wonder if he could talk, what he would say to that. And then I realized that a lot of people talk to their dogs like babies, which if the dogs could talk back probably wouldn’t go over that well.

I’m not overly happy with this story as is. I think it could really have used two or three more revisions, but I’d spent over a day on it and I was way behind with my challenge, so I got it to this point and said, “It will have to do.”
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“Same Old Line”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

I was thinking about time travel and how our past could be changing moment by moment. Interesting idea, but I wasn’t sure how to turn that into a story, especially since I was several stories behind with my challenge. So I needed something quick and dirty, and Beth’s line about “you can just ask for sex” came to mind as something silly. So I went with it.

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“Memories”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

One lady in one of the writing groups I belong to told the story of how, I believe it was her mother, who bequeathed her a bird bath. Unfortunately, it had been destroyed a decade or so earlier and her mother had just never updated her will.

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“The Morning After”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

Each Wednesday on my Bubblews page I do a writing prompt, where I give two words and ask people to write a sentence using both words. I was reviewing them looking for ideas for my Challenge and came across the one from July 10, 2013, where the words were “banana” and “tea.” The sentence I came up with I used as the first sentence of the story. Where the rest of the story came from, I don’t know.

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“I Just Write Stories”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

Over the years I’ve read numerous stories by authors who clearly had an agenda. Those stories usually suck. This story started as a writer who “just writes stories” meeting some of these agenda authors. It started good, but I couldn’t figure out a good way to end it. If I hadn’t been so far behind with my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge, I’d probably would have held on to this one for a bit longer to hammer it out.

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“Always Have a Strong Finish”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

One night, an ex-girlfriend and I were coming back from a movie or something, and she made me park. She gave me a notebook and pen and told me to write. She liked that I was a writer, but she didn’t like the kinds of stories I wrote, my writing style, or my writing process. I wrote something, but she didn’t like it. She wanted me to “explore” more of a stream of consciousness thing while I was trying to plot a story. If I had written something like what Tom did, she wouldn’t have liked it.

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“Flaunt It”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

This story started when I met a woman who is related to someone most people know about, but few know his name. (I could explain more, but that feels like I’m telling everyone about her family, which I have no business doing.) Anyway, I started thinking about what kind of story I could write about someone related to someone famous, and somehow this is what I came up with.

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“Dust to Dust”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

One of the easiest ways to get a story idea is to take some simple action and wonder How would someone do this on the moon? One of our feral cats that had been sick for a time died, and after burying it I wondered about burying pets on the moon.

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“Read the Fine Print”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

I don’t remember where I got this idea, but I think a lot of people living in a virtual world will probably live in some fantasy world where you can go on quests. So I like the idea that the quest is in the real world.

One problem with my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge is that I’ll come up with an idea like this, which could easily be turn into a novel. But it’s hard enough writing thirty stories in as many days without writing a novel as well. So I may have to come back to this someday.

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“Beware Upgrades”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

This started when I went to shutdown my laptop and it came up with the option of installing updates and then shutting down. This just let me to wonder how people would install updates to their bioware. The image of a guy being yelled at by his girlfriend asking, “Are you even listening to me?” came to mind. And then I wrote the story.

It was less than an hour, maybe even forty minutes, from the time I had the idea until I had – after turning my laptop back on – written it and posted this story. I think that’s pretty good for forty minutes.

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“The Process”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

Much like Jon, great ideas for stories often come to me either in dreams or when I’m in that half-awake state when I’m just falling asleep or just waking up. (Well, I say great, but most often in the morning they’re just indecipherable.) So I wasn’t sleeping that well and I had hurt my hand so I wasn’t feeling super great so I was taking a nap. I thought it kind of funny to take a nap to get an idea, so I wrote a story about how other people might see it.

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“A Series of Lines”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

This started when I heard that people are standing in line, not to get the new whateverphone, but just to preorder one. I don’t know how true that is, but if it is, I think that’s … what the word? Oh, stupid.

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“Let it Rain”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

This story started when, after racing through the rain to my car with groceries, the rain stopped once I was in my car. I started thinking about a rain god playing with people. At first, it was to be a goddess getting back and an old boyfriend, but then I realized that had too much of a psycho ex-girlfriend vibe. So I changed it to a Rain Prince, who ended up being a bit of a creepy stalker type.

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“Onward Christian Soldiers”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

The idea for this came after I saw this headline: Phil Robertson Tells Hannity How He’d Combat ISIS: ‘Convert Them or Kill Them’

In a nutshell, my thoughts on ISIS are that the world will be better when they no longer exist. My “plan” on how to achieve that is a collaborative effort of local, regional, and international groups using diplomatic, political, economic, social, military, etc. means. I will support those with more knowledge who have actual details for this “plan.” And I will stand by this. But Robertson just says stuff to get a soundbite. I know – and I suspect even he knows – that a bearded nutjob waving a bible will accomplish nothing against ISIS.

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“For the People?”

September 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days

I imagine having a good memory is very important to politicians. So I naturally began thinking of alien memory implants. It makes sense; somehow.

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“Choices”

Week of August 17, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

There are a lot of things going on in the world right now that could be the basis for stories. Unfortunately, it seems the vast majority of them are depressing things. I wondered if I should try writing a story based on them, and I remembered how an ex-girlfriend didn’t care for me writing science fiction. She thought my talents would be better spent writing “real” stories. When I tried to explain to her how science fiction stories could be inspiring, she waved them off. So I decided to write about that instead. Actually, this would be the second story (“Explore the Future”) I’ve written because of that experience.

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“Waiting”

Week of August 10, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

The hard drive in my laptop died, which really, really sucked. I didn’t really lose anything, but it meant I was stuck using my old computer which was circling the drain. The matter wasn’t help with issues I had getting it fixed. Such as that by the time I had taken it to the store and they said, “You’ll have to file a claim with the repair coverage thing,” to me actually being able to file a claim, to them shipping me a prepaid box so I could ship my laptop to them, I had been without my laptop for over a week. And they would get it back to me within ten business days. And then I’d have to take it back to the store so they could reinstall whatever programs.

So I was looking at weeks and weeks without my laptop. Of course, my brain wondered how waiting for repair issues will be like in the more technological future. I admit, the story took a bit of a silly turn, but I needed something like that.

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“Buyer’s Market”

Week of August 3, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

I’ve been having some computer issues lately, and the one time I took my laptop in, the tech guy explained how with this protection plan, if there’s a problem you can call a number that goes to an American tech support instead of to India or wherever. So this was in the back of my mind when I started thinking about a politician trying to sell his soul, only for the soul transaction service being outsourced. (As if everything you think of makes sense.) So I had the start of a story. Then I woke up and it was Saturday and I needed to finish the damn thing.

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“ReDreamer”

Week of July 27, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

I didn’t have a story for this week and I figured I would just have to do a “No story” week, but then I had a dream Saturday morning where I broke into someone’s house to watch them sleep, and then went out to their yard and started pulling weeds. I woke up feeling rather disturbed by it, so instead of trying to forget about it, I immortalized it in a story. Funny how that happens.

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“A Snowball’s Chance”

July 17, 2014
Bubblews

For my challenge this month, I needed to write a story with the words: heat, humid, hot, hate, and hello. I just started with, “Hello and welcome to Hell,” and it just sort of went from there.

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“Parenting 2.0”

Week of July 6, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

I’ve been using my laptop a lot lately, which means I’ve needed to recharge it a lot. With my outlet situation, it’s just easier to recharge it in the other room. So I’ll plug it in, and do stuff on my desktop, but after half-an-hour or so, I’ll start looking to see if my laptop is still charging. And then I start checking every ten minutes or so. While doing this one day, the weird part of my brain wondered, How big a pain will it be for androids to recharge? So this was what I came up with.

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“Freedom”

Week of June 29, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

I don’t know how many people I’ve heard cry out for freedom and independence and self-reliance and whatever. On one hand I have nothing against them, but I do have a sneaking suspicion that if you took away their morning coffee – or told them to pick the beans themselves – a fair number would crawl back to whatever tyranny so they can get their caffeine fix.

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“June Story”

June 28, 2014
Bubblews

For my challenge this month, I needed to write a story with the words: fan, ceiling, book, bowl, and sneeze. I started with a guy reading a book with a fan blowing and he stops to look at the ceiling. I just needed to make that into something. As to the title, it was getting close to the end of the month and I wanted to get this posted and I couldn’t think of anything.

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“Can You Get Away With Murder?”

Week of June 15, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

For some reason, the phrase, “Can you get away with murder?” came to mind and, for some other reason, I thought That sounds like the name of stupid game show. Thus this story. Hey, I never said my stories – or the reasons I wrote them – were deep or profound.

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“No Shame”

Week of June 8, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

This story started with this video I saw about Moon Loons. It got me thinking, I’m a creative guy. Could I make up some completely bullshit conspiracy theory and make blog posts and YouTube videos so all the nutjobs could come and click on the ads? It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know if I would have the stamina to go through all that. But I can write a short story about someone who does.

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“Ghostly Thoughts”

Week of May 25, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

I figured I should write something this week for Memorial Day. Personally, I’m not big on holidays in general because whatever the cause the holiday is supposed to celebrate, it usually just becomes an excuse to party. Thus holidays can end up demeaning the cause.

So I started writing something like that, and then I came up with the idea that kids today have more history to learn, and then it was the end of the week and I needed to finish a story. I will admit this isn’t my best story. I had a great starting idea, I just couldn’t really figure out what to do with it.

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“Sliver of Payback”

May 29, 2014
Bubblews

For my challenge this month, I needed to write a story with the words: grey, blood, backdoor, glass, and prod. Fortunately for me, a few days into the month I got a sliver in my finger. As I prodded at a grey sliver of wood with a needle, I realized I could write about it using several of my words. I wrote the first part, but I still needed to use glass. So I wrote in the neighbor. After I used all of my words, I needed to find some way to end it. Hey, I never said these blurbs would be overly insightful.

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“Political Rx”

Week of May 18, 2014
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

We had our Primary Election here in Pennsylvania this week. I couldn’t vote in it since I don’t have a party affiliation, but that didn’t save me from seeing political ads.

Anyway, I used to watch a couple cable channel political shows, but I’m trying to give them up a bit. The main reason is that often times they just so me some idiot six states away who needs sense beat into them with heavy books. I know there are idiots out there, but when I’m shown their idiocy it just gets my blood pressure up. So I’m trying to cut back on my … exposure to idiocy. I think that’s a prescription we could all use.

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“Mars Day”

Week of April 20, 2014
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With Earth Day and my recent thoughts on terraforming Mars, the idea of a Mars Day just seemed natural. My one concern with this story is that I was rushed to get it out by the end of the week and I’m not entirely happy with it. This is a story that when I look at it again – probably to include in some anthology – I’ll have a better idea of what to do with it.

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“The Moment”

April 20, 2014
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For my challenge this month, I needed to write a story with the words: wind, wise, weekend, wild, and woman. With it being spring, I went with someone looking at the changes coming to their backyard. That’s about all I have for this story.

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“I Don’t Want to Grow Up”

Week of April 13, 2014
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I needed to get my car inspected this week, which is one of those annoying adult things you never think about when you’re chasing fireflies around the backyard with a baseball bat. (If you hit them just right, they explode and you get little glowy bits like a mini-firework.) I was thinking about this, and I realized that if there was some deager, you’d probably have to work your entire life to afford it and get ten years as a kid.

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“The End”

Week of April 6, 2014
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I’ve been in a rut for the past few weeks. I’d rather watch reviews (such as SF Debris) than write. Don’t get me wrong, I do other things than just watch videos, but as with “There’s a Cream for That,” my get up and go has gotten up and left.

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“There’s a Cream for That”

Week of March 23, 2014
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I was having a hard time finding my motivation this week. Thursday night I jokingly thought, You’d think they’d have a pill for that by now. I laughed, and then thought, What the hell and I came up with this silly little story.

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“Be Prepared”

March 24, 2014
Bubblews

I started a challenge of giving people five words and having them write a story using all five. This was the second month I did this, and it appears I am again the only one who wrote anything.

Two of the words I had picked were metal and moonlight, and this – by the random ideas that hit writers – led me to thinking about someone forging a sword by moonlight. Why by moonlight? Because only some monster can be killed by a moonforged sword. So why is the guy making one now? Because if you wait for the monster to attack before forging your sword, the monster is going to be able to run amok for a while. So the story pretty much wrote itself. Those are good stories.

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“The Point”

Week of March 16, 2014
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When writing a story every week, it helps if you can start it by Monday or Tuesday. This week, it was Friday afternoon when I realized I didn’t have an idea. In a bit of a panic I went through some of the big events of the week, Crimea, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, St. Patrick’s Day, the First Day of Spring, etc. But that was too much, and I didn’t have the time, so I decided to write something simple, and this is what I came up with.

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“Cosmos: An Epic Adventure”

Week of March 9, 2014
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This week saw the return of Cosmos with Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. So it just seemed natural that I’d write a story about the third iteration of Cosmos.

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“Not Today”

Week of March 2, 2014
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I was in the process of rereading the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher during this week, and I was in an “I don’t want to entertain, I want to be entertained” mood. I just wondered how my characters think of such times, and thus this silly little story.

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“Past Camp”

Week of February 23, 2014
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I was sick earlier this week, and my family has had some health issues this week as well. I was thinking about this, and since I’m weird and I think about stuff like this, I figured that in the future, there will probably be people who pay to experience illness. About twenty minutes later, I had “Past Camp.”

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“The First”

February 24, 2014
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I started a challenge of giving people five words and having them write a story using all five. This was the first month I did this, and I was the only one who wrote anything.

This started as just a simple story of a guy walking along some unknown planet, but it kept growing. If I had more than a month to work on it, I probably would have written a story twice as long going in to more detail. I guess having a deadline forces one to finish.

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“Still?”

Week of February 16, 2014
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This began with news of “new allegations in the Bridgegate scandal!” I wished I could go to sleep for six months and miss the whole thing.

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“You Can Do Better”

Week of February 9, 2014
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Maybe I’m just bitter, but I do get sick of the lovey-dovey crap before Valentine’s Day. I can’t be the only one.

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“Know Your Audience”

Week of February 2, 2014
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This began with the various “controversial” ads played in the Super Bowl.

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“Two Apples for the Teacher”

Week of January 26, 2014
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A few years ago, I wrote a story “Always With Us” about the Apollo 1 fire as part of my Weekly Stories. This week I figured it was time to write one about the Challenger disaster. Lately, I’ve been on a mining asteroids kick, so I looked into asteroid 3352 McAuliffe and found that it was of a rare type of asteroid. Surely, I thought, when a probe is sent to it, school children will have to be involved. Thus, this story came about.

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“The Wheel Turns”

Week of January 19, 2014
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I wasn’t sure what to base my story on this week. At first I didn’t want to do anything with Justin Bieber’s arrest, but in the end I kind of ran out of time for new ideas. In case you don’t know, Cliff Burton was the bassist for Metallica who died in a bus accident in 1986.

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“Blissful Ignorance”

Week of January 12, 2014
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This story is in response to the Chris Christie “BridgeGate” scandal, but it applies to all such political scandals. Yes, it is important for the people to know when our “leaders” do wrong, but do we need to know every minutia of the ongoing investigations 24/7? For the BridgeGate, I really only need to know when they start arresting people, and then I don’t need to hear the minutia of the trials until there’s a verdict. There’s a lot of other things going on in the world, we don’t need to just focus on this.

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“In My Day”

Week of January 5, 2014
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This week saw the dreaded Polar Vortex of 2014. Schools were closed because the kids these days can’t handle a little bit of cold. Why, I remember one morning I was waiting on our porch for the school bus, but I was curious how cold it was. So I went out to the thermometer we had hanging on a tree and saw that it was -9. And I was still going to school!

I began to wonder how pampered the kids in the future will be, and I came up with the idea that they wouldn’t even have to walk, just ride a moving sidewalk. Where would this be set? Why not the moon?

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“Same Old”

Week of December 29, 2013
Stephen L. Thompson’s Weekly Stories

So I relaunched writing a story every week. Great plan, but that means having to come up with an idea for the first story. I figured I would have to do a New Year’s story, so I just started with a couple talking. This was what I ended up with.

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