Short Stories

How She Turned Into Herself – A Short Story

How She Turned Into Herself She turned toward the radio tower, listening. She turned into someone else when she did. For a while she was happy being this new person. Then, when she didn't recognize herself any longer she realized she wasn't happy after all. She...

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The Woman Moving Forward – A Short Short Story

"The woman moving forward while the baggy pants guy waits for his boarding pass while I sit on the floor waiting for the flight to California and wait for Linda and Caitlin to return from getting food during fall break in Tulsa in October of 2004." An illustrated...

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Divorce Woes – A Sketchbook Drawing

A woman with a hairdo too old for her talking to her friend about packing her bags three times before he came home and how he never knew while they drank coffee and talked too loud so I could hear their divorce woes on a humid night in Tulsa. I drew this a Starbucks...

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The Emotional Landscape – A Short Story

The Dead but Alive Woman She woke up every morning only seeing what was behind her. She sometimes would try to turn her head but could not. It was as if she was made of stone. So, she looked back. She remembered the many signs telling her not to go in that direction...

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Numbers at Starbucks – An Illustrated Short Story

Chapter One It was two in the afternoon when I noticed the two. The two were self-involved and didn't see the other one. I notice that one had two distinct colors, her hair and her dress.  I noticed the other one had two things strange about him, he was wearing...

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But & And – A Short Short Story

But and And She was stuck in the middle of somewhere but wasn't sure where that was and that made her feel lost and scared but she did like her shirt and how her necklace matched her hair but she was self-conscious about her freckles because it was so weird that she...

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The Woman at the Motel – A Short Short Story

The Woman at the Motel A woman named Nancy at the Del Mar Motel who has 3 kids and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses & always reads the sports section because her dad was a high school football coach who talked about her son with ADHD & Tourette Syndrome whom...

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Two Women Talking – 2004-2016

Two Women Talking - A Short Short Story Chapter One The woman with more hair who could do flamenco curls on her jaw if she wanted talking hesitantly to the friend with the thin eyes and arched eyebrows and lower lip that jutted out who was judging her friend's mascara...

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The Genie – A Very Short Story

The Genie The woman rubbed the tea pot and a Genie came out. The woman said, "Wow, this is amazing! I am going to wish for..." But the Genie stopped her and said, "Sorry, I am not that kind of Genie. I don't grant wishes and I don't do dishes. I am a comedian, all I...

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Serendipity – Three Illustrated Very Short Stories

Very Short Story #1 The Man The man texted the stranger from the dating app but didn't know the person was sitting right next to him at the coffee place. Later they would laugh when telling the story of how they met. The End Very Short Story #2 The Woman The woman...

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The Two Sisters – A Short Story

Buy the Original | Buy a Print Once upon a time there were two sisters from a tropical island. One of the sisters was round and voluptuous, the other thin and angular.  The one who was round and voluptuous was very popular. She had boyfriends and was invited to...

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The Lover – An Illustrated Short Story

Chapter One - When a Child When a child Viola loved the violin. She played it every day. Her mother had been a viola player of some renown and had named her one and only daughter in honor of that. But Viola fell for the violin instead.  Her mother, Violet, didn't...

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A Small Moment in Time – A Short Story

Chapter One Donna arrived early at the Doctor's office with Betty, her friend, nervous about whether she would find the building, having never been in that part of town before. It made her nervous to go there because the area had the reputation of being a hot bed of...

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The Observer and the Question – A Short Short Story

Prologue I had just finished with a dentist appointment and came here for lunch. Chapter One They were outside on the patio and I sat where I could draw them. I ate and drew at the same time. After a while the woman facing me realized I was drawing her. She leaned...

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The Receptionist – A Short Short Story

Prologue My back and leg were hurting. Chapter One I chose my chair deliberately so I could draw the receptionist, who had an interesting look. Chapter Two I showed her the drawing after I had it partially finished. She thought it was cool. Chapter Three I came back...

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The Flying Coffee Cup – An Illustrated Short Story

Chapter One Amanda had her resume laid out just right.  She had her business card just so.  She had her lucky necklace on and, embarrassing as it was, her lucky underwear too.  She had her coffee ordered and picked up.  She was ready for the interview. He walked in...

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Pierced with Love – An Illustrated Short Story

  Prologue Dominique was born in France but moved to Chicago when she was just a baby. Her father died when she was seven and her mother raised her as best she could. When she was 18 her mother decided to move back to France but Dominique wanted to stay in...

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The Boyfriends – An Illustrated Short Short Story

Boyfriends Barbara woke up and took a walk towards the volcano.  She got lightheaded on the walk and saw a vision of all her past boyfriends tumbling down the steep mountain.   She saw Josh, the young man she had the affair with at the beach resort. She didn't know if...

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Stood Up in the Gallery – A Short Short Story

    Chapter One Once upon a time there was a very tall woman named Galindra. Most of her height was due to her very, very big head. Without her head she would be three feet tall. But her head was six feet tall all by itself so she ended up being 9 feet tall....

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The Woman at Midas in the Rain – A Short Short Story

Prologue She sat quietly on the phone. Chapter One Ok, she wasn't actually sitting on the phone.  Well, ok maybe she was sitting on A phone, I don't really know. But she wasn't sitting on the phone she was talking on. She was talking on that phone. It would be weird...

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