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PER ASPERA AD ASTRA
(Through hardships, to the stars)
Stella awakens to floorboards creaking. Ready to yell at her children for being up past lights out, she goes upstairs. But their doors and their rooms are missing. In their place, Stella's house opens up to outer space and her twins are gone. This short story explores Stella's journey in search of her children and her own reasons for living. Enjoy this mysterious, odd, and sometimes frightening tale of loss and forgiveness, fate and free will. But be careful- the universe is not a kind place. Or is it?
Simon's insomnia is getting worse. He falls asleep in school but can't catch a wink at night. When a new device offers the promise of not only sleep but deep, dream-filled slumber, he can't say no. The technology delivers on its promise and much more. Can Simon navigate the new-found world he meets in his sleep? What will he do when the line between sleep and wake states blurs beyond recognition? Find out in the winding head trip that is A Thousand Natural Shocks.
We all know about the idea of the elusive muse - she delivers great inspiration to artists, writers, and musicians. But have you ever thought about how she does that? Do ideas just pop into your head when she's around, or is there a more tangible way she delivers seeds of story and art? In this story, I've explored the idea that the muse inspires through sensual encounter. Hold on to your hats and make sure you're sitting down for this one. Not safe for work (in most industries).
LoCKED IN A CELL
Science vs religion. Fact vs faith. These are as mutually exclusive as they come, right? But what if they're not? What if God isn't some defined being but instead is science itself? What if God is the driving force behind the magical but scientifically documented phenomena like the will to live, to reproduce, to grow? What if God is evolution itself? This poem/prose mashup addresses these big questions. I hope that, like the narrator, we can all see we're not so different after all.
Ada could not be a more normal 36-year-old. She works in a law firm, knits, and has a book club. Sound boring? She is, by her own admission, and that's how she likes it. But status quo changes as Ada begins to suspect that she isn't human at all. Clues begin to present themselves that make Ada suspect she is artificial intelligence. When she can no longer ignore these clues, she takes steps to find the answer. On a path of no return, Ada realizes that the mystery of her origin is far deeper than human versus AI. If you're ready to peer into a life that devolves and evolves at every turn, join me to find out what happened to Ada Ingraham.