Category Archives: Fiction

Phone Writing & the First Word of God

I was out late last night, and the bus ride was dark and quiet. I had a line pop into my head that I wanted to capture, so I pulled out my smartphone and opened its note app. One line turned into a paragraph, a paragraph into a monologue, and, well, here’s what I wrote

Desperate Journeys: an experiment

I’ve got a new experiment: a collection of previously-published short stories, titled Desperate Journeys. Here’s the description: Desperate Journeys holds six short stories from Ryan Macklin: Cracks in Marble, where a gargoyle made to protect humans falls in love with one What a Mother Will Do, set in a distant future where refugees struggle for survival in

Writing Experiment Day #3

Writing Experiment Day #3: decimate, tractate, litany See rules and word list at this post. If you want to play along, comment with a link to yours below (please don’t paste the entirety of yours; links only). They sang. Dear gods, did they sing, their prayers echoing in the heavens. I didn’t have long to find Hector’s paper. He knew about

Writing Experiment Day #2

Writing Experiment Day #2: grip, rain, carnal See rules and word list at this post. If you want to play along, comment with a link to yours below (please don’t paste the entirety of yours; links only). I watched from inside the church, safe from the rain. I was lucky, as were the three others huddled inside, waiting for the sudden

Words for Writing Experiment

Words from the call for them: louche penguin decimate reciprocity stupendous pneumatic flask night isolation tractate javelina ciborium rain supple susurrus effigy comfort grey platypus twinkle Appalachian flabbergasted dirigible litany geranium carnal toenail abstract crepuscular banjo anxiety grip sanguine troublesome actinic usurpation boy symphony moist orichalcum The rules are: I will randomly choose three each

Need Words!

Hey, gang! I’ve got this notion of turning every weekday morning next week into a writing exercise, where I’ll spend 15 minutes writing something — anything — based on three randomly rolled words. Maybe some fiction, or some gaming stuff, whatever. Thing is, I’d like some words from y’all for this experiment. Please comment with