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Bob Liddil

Joined October 2009 and calls Digitropolis home.

157 stories, 28 challenges, 208 comments, and 0 friends

I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction.

At one time I published my own computer magazine.

I have published several books using Print On Demand.

Spelling and grammar vex me sorely.

Stories

  1. Madame Rosa

    The countryside is beautiful and blissfully devoid of people, except for the occasional farmer or his family off to one side of the road or the other. I can hear them in my head as we pass them by. Concerned about the price of potatoes, or the wetness ...

  2. The Mustard Yellow Sweater

    I wore a mustard yellow sweater with a button collar white shirt on the very first day at my new school. I wanted to wear blue jeans but instead I wore khaki. All in all I was not very cool. I stood out like a beacon as I started up the school steps a...

  3. Guy On A Train

    He was a smallish man, somewhat nondescript in that he did not look particularly menacing. Nor did he look middle eastern, or arabic as the stereotype of a suicide bomber might call for. He did not have the thousand yard stare of a man about to die. He...

  4. Obese

    Barriers drive me nuts. Always in between me and where I want to be, stopping me in my tracks, or forcing me to retrace my path or find an alternate route. The PX at the VA is the worst offender. They make really great omelettes there and I try to buy ...

  5. Amos Thibodeau and the Flying Saucer

    Amos Thibodeau Jr. was not what you would call a finicky sleeper. Born in the bayou, he had lived in the same house for the whole of his ten years of life. He was, by all accounts, acclimated to nightly concertos of bullfrog, alligator, and swamp noise...

  6. The Manhattan Lizard (Repost)

    It was a disconcerting thing, and it brought our meeting to a complete halt. As we sat around a boardroom table, arguing over a merger, a lizard began to crawl across the outside face of the window, as casually as if it were in a garden in Poughkeepsie...

  7. Burning Daylight

    Santa Ana winds topping 60 miles per hour had dried out the Ortega Mountains. Whitecaps on Lake Elsinore beat the shoreline relentlessly, tossing watercraft around like toys and battering them against anything solid they might come in contact with. Scu...

  8. Amos Thibodeau and the Zombie Jamboree

    “Papa,” Amos Thibodeau Jr. asked his daddy, “This year I old enough to go to de new year’s party at Catfish Landing, ain’t it true?” “Son,” Amos Thibodeau Sr. said, “I not so sure dat de right party...

  9. The Power Of Ficly

    I enjoy ficly for the difficulty it presents, the reward of success and the comradery of my peers. It’s cool.

  10. Keep The Limit - Get Rid of Cook!e

    The 1024 character limit is what makes a ficly unique. At the very least it has taught me to “write tight.” I have composed entire murder mysteries, comedies, fantasy and science fiction stories, self contained with beginning, middle and en...

  11. The Night Before Christmas

    Oh, how it snowed in Schenectady that year. Clouds touched the treetops with gray clutching fingers and enveloped our neighborhood so deeply in white that it seemed all color had drained away from the day. But the night was so opposite. Red and green a...

  12. Snakes On A Sleigh

    “So we bring Sam Jackson back as FBI Agent Neville Flynn for the action sequal to Snakes on a Plane,” the screenwriter was telling me. “This time it’s all about Iranian terrorists trying to wreck Christmas.” I was wearing ...

  13. Amos Thibodeau and the Circus Parade

    Amos Thibodeau Jr. had never been to the circus, or for that matter, much of anywhere outside of the bayou. When word came down that The Clyde Beatty, Cole Brothers Circus would be stopping in his town, naturally he got excited over the prospect. The a...

  14. A Love In Time

    The first time I laid eyes on Jasimine, I was hooked. She was drop-dead gorgeous. Her raven black hair and deeply tanned complexion contrasted sharply with piercing emerald green eyes that seemed to look right through me. Her curvaceous femininity just...

  15. So ändern Sie Zeit

    We did not know about the German time-travel experiments. In primary history, Hitler’s death ended World War II. The cold war with the Soviets began with that country’s first atomic blast and the Korean Conflict ended in stalemate, followed...

  16. Amos Thibodeau's First Kiss

    Amos Thibodeau Jr. loved Miss Becky Bellefontaine with a passion that could only blossom between a young boy and the most beautiful teacher in the whole school. Amos himself was only 10 years old, nonetheless, the depth of his affection drew from a wel...

  17. Amos Thibodeau's Show and Tell

    Amos Thibodeau Jr. was the first boy in his family to go to the public school in 50 years. His daddy, Amos Sr. had been schooled in the bayou way: fishing, hunting, growing crops. Amos Sr. always said, “Our land is all we need. What more can a man as...

  18. Blood November

    October’s Jack ‘O Lantern is still on the front porch, along with bales of straw and some witches who don’t know that Halloween is as faded to gray as the November clouds spitting snow down onto the not yet frozen land. Windows glow w...

  19. The Last Jihad

    “Allah be praised – death to all future infidels. This video shall serve to be the last images of me prior to my entry into paradise, I having traveled into the future to strike a final blow against Crusaders and Zionists, wiping them from ...

  20. Murder Cold As Ice

    She looked as out of place as a priest in a strip club. Her body was a perfect hourglass, topped by a drop dead gorgeous face, luscious lips and big blue eyes that seemed as deep as twin bottomless pools of spring water. She wore a one piece red dress ...

  21. Old Elk's Buffalo Hunt

    Old Elk was the longest lived of all the elders of the tribe. His hair was the color of spring snow. His eyes danced even when the drums did not beat. He had seen seventy winters, and was called Great Grandfather by any in the village who wished to par...

  22. Trapper Joe's Secret

    Trapper Joe, he sit patient-like on de porch swing and listen what de Hollywood man be say. “We wan’ put you on TV, Joe,” he promise. “We pay you de big dollah, go on de alligator hunt wi’ you and you catch de big gator. You be somebody ’ca...

  23. Jimmie Lee's Wake

    “He was a good boy.” Mama Lee was the first to speak. “No matter what he done, he was a good boy and didn’t need to get gunned down like that.” Sissy sniffed; her eyes were red from crying. Her voice wavered a little. R...

  24. Train Wreck

    It was a terrible mess that was made that fateful snowy morning in November. The track was laid waste, rails twisted and torn asunder. Flat cars and box cars were scattered like tenpins hither and yon. The tank engine lay on its side in the cold, its f...

  25. Big Game Hunting

    Growl smelled the rancid chicken before he saw it. The odor triggered a grumble in his belly setting him in motion toward the treat. Danger was Growl’s entire life in the bayou. From his time as a hatchling, 6 inches long and dodging cannibalisti...

  26. Brinniger's Brag

    I could have been a cowboy. I could have rode a quarterhorse and sung to dogies late at night when the full moon glowed and the coyotes howled the lonesome sound thatsoothed my hurtin’ soul. I could have whooped it up in town with a painted lady,...

  27. Splashdown

    If you’re hearing this, then someone will have survived The Great Meteor Storm. For that I am grateful; it means that our species has lived on despite the most epic disaster in the history of this planet. The swarm took our scientists by surprise...

  28. Second Banana

    “You know, Robin,” Will observed. “I think that I would like to lead the raid on the Sheriff of Nottingham’s storehouse tomorrow.” “No problem,” Robin replied. “But are you sure? Whoever pulls off that ra...

  29. Rare Orchid

    When I can trust myself to think about her, Katherine drifts into my mind. Fair of skin, with honey blonde hair, deep blue eyes and a voice that could melt away the cares of a madman, she was the one true love of my life. She was a rare orchid, too bea...

  30. Madd Dogg Gets Bit

    “I met this great girl online,” gushed Madd Dogg to me one day while we were taking a lunch break. We’d washed every fire engine in the house and had rerolled all the hoses for good measure. I bit off a chunk of bologna and onion sand...

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