Porous, Chapter Twelve: Waves On The River

This is the first chapter in the two-part ending to Section One of POROUS. Next Monday I’ll release the final chapter in the first section, and these two chapters are intended, really, to be one and the same. But I wanted this final scene to be long, and dramatic, and that didn’t really fit the…

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Porous, Chapter Eleven: Dissipation

I stare out the windows at the cloudless blue sky, a rarity here in Oregon. I’m trying to avoid Dr. Chase’s eyes, searching for mine, inquisitive and demanding. I wish I were out there, floating in the deep blue, or perhaps drifting through Silas’ purple bubbles in his strange world, instead of cooped up in…

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Porous, Chapter Nine: The Second Law

As I wrench myself away from the the gravitational pull Silas seems to exert on me, my fingers intuitively search for my cell phone. I pull it out and press a button on the side to check the time. Two minutes past four. It astounds me that so little time has passed, though I’ve found…

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Porous, Chapter Seven: You Are The Fisherman

“No,” I say. “I don’t want to.” “Because you’re afraid,” he responds. “It’s okay. I am too. I don’t like it there any more than you do.” “They don’t hurt you like they do me.” “But why do they hurt you, Noomi?” I pause and think about that for a moment. “In a dream they…

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Porous, Chapter Five: Haunted

First of all, allow me to say that it’s somewhat unbelievable how far this story has come from its humble beginnings as a forgotten passage in a lost folder on my hard drive. Every chapter is a revelation for me as well as for you, and every suggestion I get from my readers is incredibly…

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Porous, Chapter Four: Oil-Slick Colors

“How do you like your new wilderness group?” “I really like them. Well, not all of them. But Paul is great – he’s new, you might not have met him yet. He’s really funny. And I like Clara, too, although she’s a little bit stiff.” “Stiff?” “She’s hard to talk to. She can be very…

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Working Title: Porous, Chapter 2

This week’s installment of the reader-driven blog serial, Porous. If you haven’t read the first chapter, please click here.  Sky-Honey Flakes of snow curl around me like yesterday’s flames. They’re as puffy as clouds, as wet as Kuri’s tongue lapping at my cheeks. They drip from the sky in great empty breaths. I brush them out…

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Book Review: “Hunger” By Knut Hamsun

I’ve been trying to add more quote-unquote literature to my repertoire of finished books. When I was a child I hated reading anything set in the real world. I found books without magic or elves or talking animals to be unbearably boring, and I had no desire to read anything that had any sort of…

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