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Blogs and tales by Warren R. Smith

  • Never Let Us Say Goodbye

    Midnight on a smooth stretch of a remote two-lane, the air was crisp, the stars shining hard and bright. Under the dash gauges glowed warmly. Jake dialed in the local radio station.

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  • Troder of the Mish’dee Orb

    As a rule troders have no sense of family history. And why should they? When every one of these crusty disagreeable specimens of bad manners and worse personal hygiene have fallen off the wrong side of bed one day reasonably they find themselves a troder.

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  • Elle on the Trail

    Elle is a cowgirl. Life is good on the range. Sure, it gets plenty lonesome at times but its slow and lonesome in a good way. This morning is cool and the blue mountains stand tall where the sun rises.

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  • Xmas on Mars

    How Sarah and David signed up for the Mars colony mission. It was a letter-sized envelope. "Go on," said Sarah. "Open it. Be warned, it’s more an adventure than a gift.

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  • There Came a Knock - pt1

    Ventura’s neighborhood, long paling in the shadow of greater Los Angeles, was little more than two blocks of crumbling homes. The architecture remembered days of street-cars clanging down Main, barefoot strolls for watermelon, the neon-spoked cartwheels of Ferris-wheel nights, and dreamily attending the Sunday matinee.

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  • There Came a Knock - pt2

    Another group arrived and saw a party in the making. The living-room became a mix of various zombies, a lion tamer, comic book heroes, a mustachioed villain arm in arm, and cahoots with the likeness of an unpopular politician.

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  • The Plus Side of Entertaining Magpies

    The following story is not about Denice Dillworth. It is about Jack. As far as we’re concerned Denice has only two contributions to the story setup. She is late fixing breakfast for Jack.

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  • Suddenly Time

    I have often made excuses. I could never find enough time (or personal space, thank you) to get down to write something — anything. Here it is late November 2020 with winter laying its icy hand down on certain little tent in a camp ground off the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences, NM.

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