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Entries in Short Stories (9)


Short Story: "How To Make Change"

The Cambio Man makes change in the street. He stands on the corner across from the bank ATM where big bills spit out in denominations too large for the local street vendors and merchants to break. The Cambio Man breaks bills.

He breaks bread with bankers, too, and keeps his cut, though he still lives in the old neighborhood. He walks past the old stores. He runs the bases with the children on the old ball field north of the harbor. When he works, he holds his Cordobas behind his back in a thick folded stack consisting mostly tens and twenties, with the 500 Cord notes and U.S. $20s on the inside of the wad. The Cambio Man dresses nicer than everyone else and stands in the shade. He doesn't sweat. He wears a pair of khakis, white-soled shoes and a crisp plaid shirt.

"Cambio?" he asks. "Cambio?" he asks. "Cambio?" all day. "Cambio?" every day.

Read the other 629 words in the short story "How To Make Change."


Short Story: "Little Sue"

Drawing by the author

"Sue always felt like she was missing something.
"Nothing physical.
"Nothing emotional.
"Nothing inside.

"Sue always felt like she was missing the event, some function, some perimeter of sunshine and warmth filled with friends and laughter and red cake with cream-cheese icing."

Read the other 1253 words in this story.


Short Story: "Baiting"

When I worked in Idaho, some guys told me about how you could put stale doughnuts in the same place in the woods for a week. Then, one day, you could go to that place in the woods without any doughnuts and shoot the bear who can't resist his own sweet tooth.

This story is somehow about that.

"Justin tugged at the refrigerator door. The magnetic suction held, so that when the door eventually opened many jars and small containers in the door tray jostled. A nearly empty plastic bottle of Italian dressing, which had been turned upside down, fell over on its side like a book without a bookend. He noticed the date on the side of the bottle: five months expired."

Read all of "Baiting."


Short Story: "Stitches"

Click on this image to download the short illustrated book "Stitches"

Unlock the Amazing Power of Intern Labor
Working as a creative contractor with interns in 2011 reminds me of when I was outsourcing my own job as an engineering contractor in 2001: One step ahead of the axe you've been hired to sharpen. Haha.

Luckily, it's difficult to outsource wit to China, Korea or India. (Oh, look out: I hear Stevie in marketing is pretty good at Microsoft Word!)

If "intern" is the new euphemism for "cheap labor supply," then we may as well have some fun during office nappy time. It's no vendor trip to Hsinchu, but art director Joe Points and I put together this folktale based on the surreal dolls and paintings of Spokane artist Dara Harvey.

Never stop making. The world is too lazy to stop you. Here's some reading music:



Short Story: "Little Herons"

Toasters image from Colors magazine.

This is a story about a fruit that tastes good only after it's rubbed against human skin.

"... With our wet shirts sucking against our stomachs, I agreed we would follow Audubon on a path behind the store that led away from the lake, even though we both knew we were not supposed to cross to that side of the road. He was not supposed to leave the store, either, but he did. He put a sign in the window that said 'Be Back Soon.' ..."

Read the rest of "Little Herons."