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THX 0477

Joined May 2009.

552 stories, 6 challenges, 6014 comments, and 28 friends

Dr. Tim’s Neurotic Rules of Ficly Life

[Disclaimer: This is not intended to be binding nor in any way an expectation of general members of Ficly, league members, family members or wearers of Member’s Only jackets]

1. Comment to Story posting ratio must exceed 5:1. Goal is 10:1. In other words, I write a story then find five others (at least) upon which to comment before writing another.

2. For every solo shot or sequel of my own material, I must write a sequel or prequel to the work of another author. If I’m going easy on myself, participating in a challenge also fulfills this requirement.

3. If someone comments on one of my stories, I go find one of theirs upon which to comment. It only seems fair, and I like to think it encourages commenting.

4. Awesomeness is the goal, always. Call me on it when I fail, please.

5. Clearly mark mature content and err on the side of caution.

6. Golden Rule remains in effect for all sequels, prequels, and comments.

Stories

  1. Happy November

    The top is down, and I’m rolling through the hills. Even the wind at sixty miles an hour can’t wipe the grin off my face. Realistically it’s a few degrees too cool for a convertable, but I don’t care. The girl to my right grins ...

  2. Thanatos in Winter

    Adrift in his own tumultuous sea, Darren staggered through the crowds. Rosy faces puffed clouds of contented condensation, all seeing but not noticing. Gaeity blared from the display windows, toys, clothes, tools, and assorted finery—the accoutre...

  3. Opportunistic Theology

    Immediate concerns addressed, further questions came to mind, “Wasn’t I bleeding?” The woman raised her hand like a grade schooler on the first day, “First aid! I, um, used to be a nurse.” Nodding, I continued in my questi...

  4. Freeze Frame Thawed to Ugly

    “I can still see her, like a picture in my brain,” Jerry muttered, half to himself and half to his cube mate, fellow drone, and drinking buddy for the three day weekend. “Shhh,” came the reply from Geils, “is the office st...

  5. Don't Know Jack

    Bodies writhed and squirmed, but not in the pleasant way. Someone howled a slow wail of pain that varied rhythmically in pitch. Another voice rapidly questioned, reassured, and swore. Finally, a sweet voice, that of an angel to the ears of Denton, whis...

  6. Dangerous Accusations

    We tumbled across the front lawn, the grass feeling wet and cool through my thin, pink pajamas. The goon howled as his knee burst into blue flames while his fellows looked on in amazement. Two more approached with practiced confidence only to be rebuff...

  7. Answer to the Old Tongue

    With a choked gurgling sound the beast produced a mass of phlegm which it hurled, engulfing the fireball in an explosion of steam and bile. The warrior only chuckled as he parried the sword thrust that immediately followed. Two, three, four more times ...

  8. Help From High Places

    The painful bounces coming clearly through to my back told me we’d left well kept city roads, and this car’s shocks had seen better days. The pungent aroma of youthful rebellion told me I was not in the hands of professionals. “Oy, he...

  9. London Keep Him, Heaven Help Me

    The whole thing left me staring at the ceiling cursing time, distance, his impertinance and inconstancy. However gallant his offers, however magnificent the locale or proffered accomodations, his needs remained paramount. He needed someone there, neede...

  10. Philosophical Musing on Car Theft and General Schmuckery

    One floor down I was trying to make sense of Katy being there. Two floors down the stitch in my side morphed into a searing pain of epic proportion, or at least bad enough to make me feel like overstating. Three floors down the blood pooling in my shoe...

  11. New Neurotic Shoes

    Shoes make me worry Regretful feet are no fun at all Shoe shopping occurs in a hurry With gawkers and judgment at the mall They can see me trying They can see me lying Cause new shoes make you feel like a freak Like you think they’ll make a chang...

  12. Aim by Prayer

    Gut check time, Denton thought to himself, Man up. bear down. Cowboy up. Time for the big boy pants. With a deep breath he took stock of his motivational phrases; that was indeed the extent of ones he knew and felt were applicable at that moment. Based...

  13. Games, Games, or the Rat

    The diminutive brunette glared and Henry, “Just because our drunk friends are hooking up, does not mean you’re getting lucky.” Giggles came from the back room of the apartment followed by a muffled, “Kneeling simply ruins my nyl...

  14. Desperation Procrastination

    Colliding with the gravel-covered roof knocked the swear words out of my mouth as I formed them. Slamming into with the exhaust vent finished off what little sense I’d had to start with. Katy was supposed to be in Louisiana, visiting kin. As long...

  15. A Change of Prose

    Hair of black and eyes of subdued green, Milton blended into the crowd, a morose footnote on the liturgy of life. Hands a quiver he wrote and wrote, composition notebooks filled with musings on the meaninglessness of existence. With short, choppy phras...

  16. No Easy Day (Challenge Repost)

    Paul squinted at a sky made hazy with humidity, just a hint of blue. The day was not going to go easy on him. He picked at his shirt, clingy with sweat, as he picked his way around the goats and their droppings. “Particular as always,” his grandpap...

  17. Which Day Falls the Dream

    Love comes, and love goes. We all know this , and yet for the preservation of sensibility and face the sin persists—denying affection’s course. You hold my hand, soothing softly my gnawing realizations. I watch your eyes, still so warm upon...

  18. Deep Space Bureaucracy

    Jaw set and eyes lit, the captain barked, “Confirm ident and get me ROE.” “Aye sir,” shot the sensors officer, “Gelwiern, TC Bravo, fire if fired upon.” The comms officer rolled his eyes, “In the butt crack of ...

  19. Random Benefits to Lack of Agility

    More intent on supplying himself with oxygen, Denton completely missed the lack of lighting as he hit corridor 7b2. In an inglorious moment of mass and momentum he slid through a puddle of something. A crack and a ping assailed his ears just before the...

  20. Texas Physics

    Ten story drop if I missed it. Two story drop if I made it. I’d had better odds, and I’d had worse. In the glare of that Texas sun fate seemed to smiling, smirking at least. She’s a fickle whore of a muse, if you ask me. “Aaron,...

  21. Assuming Command

    Through bleary eyes the wall calendar and the paperwork on my desk alternated. The glint of morning sun through a hazy sky was sufficient to allow confirmation. Today was the day. Per the orders, fresh from command on my desk the ascension was complete...

  22. Optimism in Dark Places

    A weary foursome, we stalked out of the apartment building. Bloodshot eyes watched our departure, perhaps hoping to slip in the outer door, sleep in a hallway. The August night welcomed our silence, and we its. Only after our course took us through the...

  23. Cry of Jack in the Night

    “Jack!” the call came over the coms, upsetting the quiet of the evening and a precariously balanced box of donuts. A quick check of the board showed only one com active in the 25 acre complex. The grid pinged in sector 17, near chemical sto...

  24. Things That Can't Wait

    The code spilling before my eyes was immense and convoluted, elegent and engrossing. The determined efforts of the crew around me faded to black: life, the universe, and my sense of self swallowed up in the glowing script on a borrowed screen. Meaning ...

  25. Ain't Nobody Pleased

    In early April, Jacob took a shine to Lizzy, whose proper and full name escapes me. Some time in May, Horrace noticed this fact. Teasing commenced before June. Lizzy, on account of a preoccupation with butterflies, didn’t notice until July that a...

  26. Limited Vision, the Human Frailty

    Consoles dimly lit anxious faces from beneath. The vid screens had gone dark along with the overhead lights. With a flicker and a buzz the red emergency lights came to life. Harrigan looked grim, fingers drumming out a rhythm on his armrest. “Eye...

  27. Brothers, Guns, and Manliness

    There ain’t a thing inherently manly about pulling a trigger. Time to time, the subtleties of life combine in terms of what put the gun in such a position and just whereto that bullet is whipping off to such that the whole situation might meet mu...

  28. Moment's Silence

    Before anyone could think to turn it off in good taste, a vid screen showed the results of the rupture. The monitoring unit one deck up and nearly 4oo meters forward still managed to capture the scene with disturbing clarity. The faint outline of the r...

  29. Where Dreams Take

    “I had the dream again.” The words hung in the still August air, hardly able to drift to Mabel’s ears. She let the statement take its fluttering course to the earth of quiet acceptance. To signal the death knell of the thought a small...

  30. Oblivion Come At Last

    The voice from my throat growled above the clamor of my brother’s 78 Skylark, “You said women?” “Yeah, Billy, lots of women, just across the bridge in Vicksburg. You know, that little brothel the sheriff runs.” “Name...