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Jim Stitzel

Joined February 2010 and calls jimstitzel.com home.

142 stories, 4 challenges, 1208 comments, and 57 friends

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler and a part-time farmer with 40 acres, a lot of animals, and far, far too much to do.

Stories

  1. One-Thousand Twenty-Seven

    Well, it isn’t easy. 1024 characters made space out of people in a love story. Victory is tasty.

  2. Murder In Her Eyes

    There was murder in her eyes. He saw it clear as day. Problem. He rubbed the tender spot where she’d hit him with the blunt — and his heart skipped a beat when she pointed the barbaric weapon at him. “You’re not actually going t...

  3. Worldbreaker

    We broke the world, cracked it open from pole to pole. Lit the planet up and burned it with fire from within. We had to. It was the only way to get rid of them. It was a doomsday weapon, of course. A last recourse. God knows we’d tried everything...

  4. Firewall

    André stepped outside to a world in bedlam. Billboards flashed alternately among binary output, machine code, and actual ads. Vehicles were strewn about the highway like so many child’s toys, their operating systems completely trashed. Most of t...

  5. Psychic Assault: Sanctuary

    They walk in silence, he striving to reassemble his scattered thoughts, she allowing him time to do so. His mind feels like a wind-worn canvas, tattered all around the edges and stretched all through. That’s not a bad analogy. Her presence is war...

  6. Networked

    André jammed the button on his phone. Nothing. Everything was all touchscreens now, except for the solitary button necessary to reboot a device if the OS froze up. “Dammit,” André swore. Stupid thing had been giving him fits all day. Disk...

  7. Driveway to Nowhere

    It was a long, paved driveway to nowhere. Fifty yards of winding tree-lined blacktop ending in an open field. There was no building at the end, nothing to indicate the driveway’s purpose, no sign that a building had ever stood here. Zack stood at...

  8. Enemy Within

    We slipped our bonds and escaped across the dunes. The distant sound of crashing waves drew us westward. We ran for everything we were worth, fear and desperation driving us on. We never saw our captors. We never knew where — or what — they...

  9. Porcelain Birds

    “Did you see that?” Amanda said. She pulled her bike off to the shoulder and waited for Sarah to join her. “See what?” Sarah asked. She distractedly brushed a lock of hair from her eyes. “Those birds.” Amanda gesture...

  10. Murder of Being (Mature)

  11. Telephone

    Officer Kurns found him standing in the doorway to a little room just off the study, looking deep in thought. “Detective? What are you-?” she began and drew up short when she saw what lay beyond him. The room was unfurnished, except for an ...

  12. Rumination and Horror

    He vomits, on all fours and stomach heaving. Long, ropey strings of fluid slide from his mouth to the ground, wet and glistening. It is the color of infected phlegm, the smell powerful, overwhelming. His belly clenches again, and he vomits more of the ...

  13. Horizon's Edge

    Harrigan took in all the activity in silence. His thumb remained on the comm, and I knew that the crew was still across the entire ship, poised as they anticipated the captain’s words. He waited until the overseer flashed the final prompt onto my...

  14. Psychic Assault

    Derrick gasps, air sucking raggedly into his chest as the pain of a thousand icepicks lances through his skull from all directions. …he fell through the ice and drowned… The pain is intolerable, and Derrick fears he’ll go mad, yet alm...

  15. Fight and Flight

    They crashed through the banister as they fought, smashing it into splinters to fall the six feet to the floor below. David rose up and brought his fist down on the black-armored creature’s skull, stunning it but not killing it. The thing lashed ...

  16. Trust - and Faith

    As it turned out, there was no contest in the results. The crew had voted unanimously to follow this to the end. We’d been through hell and back over the last few weeks, and we were more tightly bonded than any crew had ever been. The vote demons...

  17. Choice

    Later, on the bridge, we sat in silence, only the light of our individual displays providing illumination. We went about our work, waiting for the crew’s votes to roll in. A question niggled at my brain. I swung my chair around, presenting it to ...

  18. Royal Assassin

    The assassin’s blade slid across the traitor’s throat, easily slicing through pipe, vein, flesh, and fat. He kicked the obese old Duke away, the body tumbling to the floor in a heap. “You have been found guilty of treason,” the ...

  19. What Started the Zombie Apocalypse

    Nanocloud. -———————————————————————

  20. Chosen

    It was Furlough who posed the next question. “Why now, carto? Why us? There are plenty of other species in the galaxy, several more advanced than we are. Why choose our race and, more specifically, our crew?” This was one question I didn...

  21. Building Blocks

    “What we have here, I believe, is a first-contact scenario,” I said. “An entirely new species, heretofore unknown to us or to any other race in the galaxy, occupying a space utterly alien and incomprehensible to our three-dimensional ...

  22. Multi-Dimensional Species

    Harrigan spoke up. “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, carto. How does a species develop the ability to communicate three-dimensionally?” I nodded. “That, sir, is exactly the crux of the issue.” I pulled ...

  23. Chess: Castle

    The demon stared at the board for so long that I began to wish we’d set a game clock. My nerves were raw by this point, and I was getting antsy. Deliberate or not, as psychological warfare goes, the delay tactic was brilliant. All I could do was ...

  24. Multi-Dimensional Language

    This is how I began: “Of the various species the human race has encountered throughout the galaxy, all have viewed language as a single, uni-dimensional entity.” As I said this, the overseer displayed a black, horizontal line on a field of ...

  25. Chess: Calculated Move

    I had unconsciously crept up on the board as I focused on the duel over the demon’s King. I sat back from it now, closing my eyes briefly as I struggled to shake off that sense of self-imposed tunnel-vision. A couple of deep breaths to calm my fr...

  26. Fulcrum

    I turned to face Harrigan. “What’s up, Cap?” I said. He rubbed a hand across his face. I wondered just how long it’d been since he’d slept. He’d probably been popping stims like candy lately. Ultimately, he was going...

  27. Natural Selection

    “Desdemona is a dangerous planet,” the guide called out to the group, “but only if you don’t respect her ways.” James rolled his eyes. He hadn’t wanted to come to Desdemona, but human-friendly habitable planets were ...

  28. Grimnebulin

    Greg set his tray on the table and took a seat across from his friends. The expression on his face was one of pure misery. Tom inclined his chin at the sickly creature clinging to Greg’s back. “Still carrying that little bugger around, eh?&...

  29. Return to Waking

    I awoke to bright lights in my eyes and found myself in the infirmary, IVs extending from my arms and a bandage on my forehead. Apparently I’d cracked my head when I passed out. One of the med techs noticed my return to consciousness and came ove...

  30. Pinprick of Light in the Dark

    Repairs continued to the ship all around me. Once the key systems were up and limping again, the tentacles had dissolved into their individual photons and disappeared back into the cloud. Apparently the life form was only interested in our survival, no...

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