My Top Ten on Medium (so far)

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These are the ten best poems, short stories, and personal essays I’ve written and published on Medium and elsewhere (so far). Eleven are from 2020 and the rest are old favorites. Enjoy.


Short Stories

a short story

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The old man had been working in his small vegetable garden when the young foreign reporter approached from the dirt road that led out of the village and into the foothills.

The old man leaned on his shovel and listened to the reporter explain that he had been separated from a group of soldiers he was following into the hills near where the fighting was happening.

They were able to communicate using simple words in broken sentences in each other’s languages. The old man gestured towards his cottage and told the young reporter it would be safer to spend the…

What is Short Form?

Short form is anything on Medium that is 150 words or less.

1.Bold the first sentence.
2. Don’t include a headline, sub-headline, or picture.

That’s it.


This is my first sentence.

Blah, blah, blah, one hundred and fifty times….

If you need more details this is from Medium themselves.

What is Short Shot City?

Okay, with that out of the way, let me tell you about this publication.

This is a place to publish anything (almost) that is 150 words or less in the format described above. Poems, rants, daily thoughts, ect.

How to Write For US?

I’ve decided to make everyone editors like they do on the Partnered…

Hamster Trial Diaries #20(?): Well, Mo has successfully obtained the title of Hamster Houdini today. We bought a playpen for them a few months ago and today Mo climbed up…

Wow, not sure if my writing sucks this month or if there is a lot of fuckery going on with Medium’s algorithms. I’ve gotten a grand total of 56 reads…

My thoughts and impressions

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Recently, I watched the movie Nomadland, a fictionalized account based on the book by Jessica Bruder. Both the movie and the book follow the lives of people, mostly of retirement age, who have either been forced to live the Van Life or have chosen to do so. Most of them in the film and book, due to finical circumstances, are living the Van Life just to survive. “Living the Van Life, or Vanlife, as it is sometimes called, means your primary or only “dwelling” is the vehicle you own and live full time in. “Vanlife” can…

Not an uncommon occurrence for me here in Japan. So, today while walking through a park from the train station to the high school I teach at, a school I’ve…

Losing the Creative Fire

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I talk and whine a lot about how I want to write for a living and flush my day job as a part-time English teacher down the toilet. Funny thing is though, this year, at least from January-July, I was earning about $100 more a month writing for News Break than I was teaching English part-time.

Still, when I talk about writing for a living what I really mean is creative writing, poetry, short stories, novellas, and novels, not 600 word human interest journalism shit like I was writing for News Break. …

One of my books will be free on Amazon/Kindle for five days this month

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Hey Everyone, thanks so much for reading my stuff here on Medium. This month I’m going to do a FREE ebook giveaway on Amazon Kindle for five days. And I’ve decided to let you guys pick the book.

Just click on the link to my Amazon Author’s Page, put the name of the book you would most like to read in the comments. …

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Atheist. Spewer of sometimes interesting and entertaining gibberish.

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