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Sunshine and Laughter (Part IX)

Start from Part I Ok, here's where the light-hearted alternative comes in. Don't read the following post unless you're up for an emotional challenge. Instead, have a shiny new character page. Character page! It's got evidence that I'm trying my hand at digital art and am also very, very new to digital art and drawing … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part IX)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part VIII)

Start from Part I So, 2020. The year of throwing kerosene on the fire. Massive work deadline drained my juices but I'm back. When I say 'massive,' I mean if I disclosed what it was, you'd ask why the eff I was doing anything else, especially more writing, guaranteed. I had a BLM-type essay queued … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part VIII)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part VII)

Start from Part I The glass of juice in Claudia's hand, she meant to use as a solvent for the frenetic specks marring her composure. It didn't kick in immediately. The bottle's base hitting the counter made a louder echo than she intended---she'd intended no echo---as she pushed it down with her grip, shifting her … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part VII)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part V)

Start from Part I "Come on. Come on, come on, come on." This marked the fifth time in three seconds Xiyuan had refreshed his text messages. They hadn't changed. There was a moment at quarter-to-eight when he leapt to unholster his phone on the first vibrate, giving Bernard a taste of what phasing through a … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part V)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part IV)

Start from Part I It was a straight path from the Shrieking Llama's entrance to his preferred spot. The jacket he wore was constrictive in the shoulders, with metal attachments suggesting he wasn't giving out free hugs anytime soon. He could hand out granola bars from one of its many pockets instead, if that was … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part IV)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part III)

Start from Part I "Mom, it's eight, I gotta make it to school." Hector, like all members of his species, had an innate sense of time when it came to appointments. Promptly at 8 A.M., when the school day started, or at other government-set times, his neurochemistry lit up like Christmas and he was compelled … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part III)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part II)

Start from Part I "Pinche pendejo. ¿Qué chingados cree que está haciendo? ¿Qué chingados?" Claudia projected her asshole ex onto the punching bag. She shoved it hard with both hands. You mess with douches, your vag is going to dry out It'd been a couple days since the breakup. She'd cut things off, no trouble, … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part II)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part I)

Newcrest's sweetheart rose to ring in a new day. The master bathroom's air was misty with orange blossom, so thick and so sweet that one whiff felt like being kicked in the face with springtime. Claudia couldn't get over strong smells. Her olfactory footprint was orange blossom and chili powder, which smell like a red … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part I)

What Ulfer Learned on Spiritual Journey

"'North' is an incredibly imprecise direction. You're standing on a planet that's speeding at 30km/sec around a star that's going eight times that fast through the galaxy which is itself moving through the cosmic frame at a speed and direction that more or less renders the concepts of speed and direction simultaneously irrelevant and interchangeable. … Continue reading What Ulfer Learned on Spiritual Journey