A Collection of short stories
Potpourri of Tales
One short story (or more, if time and circumstances permit) a month.
A collection of scribbled glimpses that my mind’s eye sees in the form of short fiction. Geared toward a general audience, these stories focus primarily on life, love, hope, and new beginnings. As the characters spring off the page, I hope you find at least one tale that resonates with you.
– Each piece stands individually, so you don’t need to read the book chronologically.
Story 1: Christmas Rollercoaster
“Instead of dreaming about ambition and riches, Nate had dreamed about a family—a family that he was going to leave in tatters once ALS ran its course.”
It’s only a matter of time until Nate loses control of his own body, his own voice. Though he tries to come to terms with the life-altering diagnosis of ALS, he’s especially devastated that he’ll eventually lose use of his hands—invaluable to his livelihood as a candymaker. Despite the medical bills and bad days, he continues while he still can.
However, in a magical realist twist, Nate’s taken back in time on a Christmas Eve rollercoaster. Though his future is inevitable, he hopes to use this second chance to make sure his family is well-provided for.
But what sacrifices will he have to make?
Story 2 : Shining Through His Broken Pieces
“And just like that, with each step forward, the child forever shut off the entrance to his heart”
After a difficult start, a young man tentatively begins to live in the light—rather than continue to hide in the shadows.
But can he ever risk opening his heart, even for someone special?
Story 3 : Learning to Live
Gregg Miller likes his life just the way it is, thank you very much. A steady job working at a law firm, a beautiful girlfriend, time to go out with his friends; he has everything a man could want. And yet…
He begins to ponder where his life is going, just as it is forced in a new direction. With the sudden appearance of the son he hadn’t even known existed, Gregg is thrust into a new role that he never expected to play: a father.
And though Gregg likes his routine, the predictability, and stability of it all, he begins to realize that life doesn’t always follow a defined path — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Story 4 : ILY 🤟
For so long, everyone thought Hailey was deaf when, in reality, she just doesn’t like talking and learned sign language at a young age. She never corrected anyone until someone confessed their love for her, thinking she couldn’t hear them.
Story 5 : Olive You
He’s a know-it-all chef with a thriving restaurant and she’s a scathing food critic who can kill a trend with a few vicious sentences. Will their recipe for each other end up just right?