Happy Summer All! This month’s story was prompted by a randomly chosen title, so without further ado here’s “Back Country Expanse”:

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It’s that time of the month again! This month’s story was prompted by a die roll to pick one cocktail out of a possible twenty to use as the title and inspiration for the story. I rolled a “Mary Pickford” and since it’s a drink that was apparently born in the era of Prohibition, I wanted to set the story during that time. It’s also a time that overlaps with one of my favorite authors, so I figured I’d let that inspire me, as well. So, I give you “Mary Pickford”:

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This month’s fare is a heart-warming story of family togetherness and perseverance through hard times. A real Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of thing, you know? I gotta say that lately I haven’t been feeling the draw to horror or fantasy anymore, finding a lot more inspiration in the kinds of books that are hanging in the rack near the pharmacy in your local convenience/drug store. Stuff like Putting on the Armor of the LORDHow to Tell if God Loves You (Hint: HE DOES!),  and 30 New Stories of Christ’s Wisdom. Deep, moving spiritual stuff. So, without further ado, I present “Benjamin’s Buttons”:

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The prompt for this month’s story was “in the headquarters of the Moon NAZIs…” which…yeah. I went ahead with it as a challenge to myself to see what I could do with it. Being that I wasn’t exactly a fan of Iron Sky (it started off as campy and tongue-in-cheek, but quickly became painfully unwatchable within its first thirty minutes) I wasn’t too confident in what I could with said prompt. But, I decided to focus on the fact that we still don’t know a lot about what living for extended periods of time in microgravity will do to the human body and went from there. So, I give you “The Last Contingent”.

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This month’s story was inspired by the prompt of “apocalypse”, so it should be a light-hearted romp! So, without further ado, I present “In the Fullness of the Moon”:

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Half-Mad Rantings: 2015!

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Announcements



It’s here!

Due to some editing snafus it’s a little later than I’d hoped (I got a proof copy last week and found some errors that I’d missed when going through the file), but Half-Mad Rantings: 2015 is finally available. It has all thirteen stories published here last year plus four new ones: “Confluens”, “The Duke”, “In Through the Back Door”, and “Mystery Hill”. Those four all take place in the Ninth Age setting, which will be the trend for any extra stories in the yearly collection for the foreseeable future.

I’m still hard at work on the stories for this year (the next one will be published this Friday) and already ahead of the game to one degree or another. So, here’s to hoping for 2016 to shape up even better than 2015!

In with the New

Posted: January 8, 2016 in Fiction

The first story of 2016 was inspired by a prompt stipulating a setting of “Weird West”. Thinking on that, I came up with “Memento Vitae”:

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