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When Drew Chial was very young, he found an attic hidden in his bedroom closet. He discovered it investigating an indentation in the ceiling, nudging it with a broom, until it fell inward. There was no stepladder for him to climb, so he scaled the shelves. Shining his flashlight, he found a long triangular hall, twice the length of his bedroom. Every surface was coated in pink insulation that made his skin itch. Creeping into the basement, Drew stole a sleeping bag that he unrolled on the attic floor. He set a tiny aluminum lock box on top of it. This is where he hid the things he wrote. Now Drew hides them in plain sight.

Words Of Discouragement: 47

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Write's Block
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Backseat Driver

My chauffeur has trouble concentrating on the road ahead. He checks the gas gauge more than anything beyond the hood. He’s more concerned with keeping his vehicle in working order than getting anywhere. He drives down an empty highway well below the speed limit.

His eyes wonder to the mirror, not to check for cars, but to examine his irises. They’re swimming in so much red they look like they’re glowing blue. He’s so entranced by the effect he doesn’t notice me, guzzling motor oil from a paper bag, in the back seat.

We’ve logged so many miles together he’s forgotten that I’m even here. He flicks the high beams on, thinking it’s fog he’s seeing, and not the secondhand puffs from a smoker who refuses to crack a window open. He adjusts his seat, blaming the sharp stabbing pain on his posture, and not the boot heel I’m pushing into his rear.

I slip a plug into the cigarette lighter and rest an exposed wire on my tongue. My saliva sizzles. Each static jolt is sugary sweet. I want to see how much energy I can syphon before he turns around. When my chauffeur notices the dimming of the headlights, he pulls over certain that it’s a problem with his eyesight. Continue reading Backseat Driver

Words Of Discouragement: 46

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Word Count
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Words Of Discouragement: 45

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Novel is Easy

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Mala and Me

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For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Wolves
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For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Universe
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For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

The First Thing
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Reading About Writing

#AmReading about writing #horror

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Expect many more monsters from my forthcoming fiction. The creature from my new short The Pigeon King is especially insane.

Words Of Discouragement: 41

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Target Demo

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