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A Collection of Short Fiction, Humor, and Personal Essays Updated Regularly

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Short Fiction

Sometimes stories surprise you. This one sure did when it became my most well-received and popular fiction story. At just 100 words, it was the smallest of the bunch. But writing it gave me a real appreciation for the difficulty of crafting effective microfiction and helped me discover the great new publication Centina Pentina where I can binge-read dozens of one-minute stories in no time.

Some decisions can sweep away an entire life in the blink of an eye. This 100-word microfiction story recounts a moment that changed one husband’s life forever:

Like many writers, I suffer from constant insecurity. That might be why the following story about loss and love kicked around in the head for a year until I ever tackled writing it.

When I ended up getting it published in one of my favorite literature pubs Literally Literary, I was nervous to see what people would think of it. So, after receiving the following comment on my story, my heart absolutely soared. It’s moments like that that are most fulfilling to me as a writer.

I hope you enjoy reading the story at least a tenth as much as I enjoyed reading that comment.

This next one shifts gears a bit as it’s more of a thriller. It was my first induction into the wonderful fiction publication The Junction, and just like the last story, I was elated to get such great comments on Facebook like “Freaking awesome story!”

Any door could be a Pandora’s Box in his addled brain, but what lurked behind the blue door was the worst demon of all.

Check out this next one if for no other reason than to get familiar with the kick-ass new publication Sci-Fi Shorts. Every story they publish is no longer than 500 words, so you can binge these ones any time of day or night without throwing a monkey-wrench into your schedule.

The surprising and much appreciated praise for this story came in the form of the Holy Grail of Medium Curation. I was taken aback by Medium’s wordless compliment for this flash fiction sci-fi piece and overjoyed to see it displayed prominently on the fiction topic page. The awesome style edits made by the publication almost definitely moved the needle on the curation decision by Medium, but for whatever reason it was selected, my insecure writer’s brain is eternally thankful.

I hope you enjoy this short Cyberpunk adventure:

Humor

Humor is my other passion, as those who suffer through my painful, awkward jokes can attest. One thing many don’t realize is that, in my experience, humor is by far the most challenging type of story to write.

Since it’s so subjective, one person’s funny joke is another person’s sour stomach. Here are a few of my best-performing humor pieces as dictated by my readers, presented in descending order (descending by the number of claps not in hilarity, although my mind still insists that I’m only funny when I’m staring back at myself in a mirror 😜. As my wife likes to tell my readers, “If you think he’s funny now, you should see him naked”).

Just kidding, that topic is more suited for horror than humor, but I digress.

With no further adieu, get out your rotten tomatoes:

Personal Essays

Perhaps I should have started with these, but since personal essays are the most revealing and soul-exposing of all writing, I felt more comfortable burying them down here so only the most dedicated of readers might find them.

This next one is one that was painful to write and exposes some things about myself that I’m still somewhat ashamed of. I almost left it off this list, but it’s actually the most well-received story of this whole list, so doing so would have been a slight to you, dear reader.

I appreciate you making it this far with me, and if you’re ready for a pretty heart-wrenching story, click below. The only thing I’ll say is that if you’re one of my family members, please be advised that some of the things discussed might bring back some terrible memories.

Like most of my best personal essays, this next one also involves my dad. Truth be told, he’s in every story I write in one way or another. This next one was the very first story I ever published on Medium, and it’s also one of my most popular, which was curated in Writing.

And what list of personal essays is complete without mentioning Medium’s mega-pub P.S. I Love You? This essay was how I snuck my way into that publication, and as soon as I received the acceptance email back from the editor, I felt like a junior high kid who got accepted into the cool kid’s clique.

Interestingly enough, contrary to middle school / junior high logic, it was my lack of experience with the opposite sex that helped propel me into the club.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. You didn’t have to but I’m glad you did. I’ll be updating this list regularly as I post new stories, so come back again some time.

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Warm Regards,
Bill

Grew up with the laughter of Jim Henson echoing down the hall and the likes of Stan Lee darkening my door. Fiction is in my bones. Awkward humor is my maladie.

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