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2014 – October 30 – Eli’s Mission

On the 30th day, we’re reading “Eli’s Mission” by Joanne Jagoda.

I better get to the store. Tomorrow night is Halloween. I’ve been so distracted that I forgot to buy candy and a pumpkin. There’s a ton of neighborhood kids who’ll come by for trick or treating in their costumes; the little princesses, Harry Potters and ninjas. Mr. Leonard called me in to his office yesterday to ask if I need to take some time off.

Last month we witnessed the interrogation of Damon Southeby, a.k.a. David Lewis, after his capture in a Mossad sting. Some of our questions were answered as well. Yes, Damon was a scumbag, but Continue reading

2014 – October 29 – I Couldn’t Go

It’s the 29th day, and we’re reading “I Couldn’t Go” by Vanessa Wiebler Paris.

My suit is too large and it hangs on me. I imagine skipping the funeral entirely.

I couldn’t go. My suit was too big.

Iris is ready, waiting. She’s wearing black: dress, tights, shoes, nail polish. As always, her lipstick is red .

Last month I wrote: “It’s not looking good for James as October rolls around.” Indeed, things have gone even further downhill for our thin man.

I’ve been home from work for weeks now. A month. Maybe more. I’m tired, and the more weight I lose, the more tired I get. Iris wants Continue reading

2014 – October 28 – What He Deserves

On the 28th day we’re reading “What He Deserves” by Kimberlee Smith.

Mum is quite close to finding my father, Brother Tom Bend, who is a traveling Pentecostal preacher. I’ve made the executive decision of letting her know the sprawling hell she is on her way to encountering. She’s about ten kilometers from where Brother Tom and his clan are temporarily living along the Ord River here in Kununurra.

This has been one wild ride, this down-under series about the woman-ghost who delivered a child into the world while under the influence of a deadly snake venom. We’ve followed her from the otherworld as she attempts to reconnect with her mother and her Continue reading

2014 – October 27 – Samford’s Circus Act

It’s the 27th and time for “Samford’s Circus Act” by Nathaniel Tower.

Samford is at the circus, just days before Halloween, but no one seems to care about vampires or any of that nonsense. Samford is seated in the third row. He’s there by himself, but he’s still surrounded by people because the circus is a sold-out show. Of course, he still thinks everyone suspects he is there alone, but he doesn’t care.

This has got to be the most absurd series in the book. Samford will twist your brain and wring the suds of sanity out until you’re staring at a fractalized reflection of what may be yourself and may be the Continue reading

2014 – October 26 – Frankie and Gary are Married

On the 26th day we’re reading “Frankie and Gary are Married” by Gary Percesepe.

Frankie is a fellow grad student in the film program I met during my theory stage. We were in Las Vegas two weeks ago, staying at the Riviera. I had an idea for a new course, ‘The City as Text’, and wanted to try it out on Frankie. I handed her an unlined journal and told her to log everything that mattered, to pay attention.

As those of you who have been reading along know by now, I’m not a big fan of the main character here, but am a huge fan of the series. Unflinching honesty is the grail Continue reading

2014 – October 25 – Morgana Malone and the Riddle of the Wrong Rug

It’s the 25th and we’re reading “Morgana Malone and the Riddle of the Wrong Rug” by Matt Potter.

An elastic band around his head holds an oxygen tube under Mr Rubinstein’s nose. Sunk against the hospital pillows, he spreads his skinny arms out like he’s welcoming the world, and beams.

Last month I wrote: “Recent events may have subdued Morgana, but nothing will ever tame her.” Could I have been wrong about that? As October opens, we find a downcast Morgana (isn’t that an oxymoron?) visiting her long time supporter, Mr. Rubenstein.  But Mr. Rubenstein is on his way out of this world, Morgana’s flaming orange hair has nearly grown out, and her once-throbbing Continue reading

2014 – October 24 – You’re Trash

On the 24th we’re reading “Take a Leap” by Teresa Burns Gunther.

I don’t like flying. But it’s a conference, mandatory. My boss grinned and said enjoy the perk! A conference on taxation? DC in August? I told him not to miss me and he said with too much enthusiasm , Oh, I won’t!

I’ve been a fan of this series all along. Who doesn’t like an acerbic nerd who’s doing her best to fit into a society she finds not the least worthy of fitting into? She’s something of a (Big Bang Theory) Sheldon who has not collected an entourage yet. Last month she was warming up to the possibility Continue reading

And this is Who I Am


I am an American author of contemporary and speculative fiction. My short stories and flash fictions have appeared in dozens of places, from Microliterature to Daily Science Fiction. My first collection, Glass Animals, is available from Pure Slush Books.


I'm an editor of speculative fiction. In 2013 I am co-editing Triangulation: Steel Cities with Amr Abouelleil. In 2012 I edited Triangulation: Morning After, and In 2010 I co-edited Triangulation: Last Contact with Jamie Lackey. I am also the editor for trapeze, a twitter-based magazine.


I blog at Ramey Writes. I also comment frequently on Facebook


My main passion right now is my home town of New Castle, Pennsylvania.
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