Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Iron Writer 2013 Autumn Equinox Challenge

Hey, everyone. Hope you're having a great, colorful fall. Just an update about recent writing competitions. I was lucky enough to win the Mary Shelley bracket of this year's Autumn Equinox Challenge with my story "Two Princes." So what if I got trounced during the finals? It was fun and a great way to hone my flash fiction writing skills. Check out all the great writers who contributed and try contributing yourself!

And now, here's a treat for you: "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady," one of the elements in the challenge -- and a favorite memory from the series finale of "Breaking Bad."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer Shorts is Here!

I'm pleased to announce that my story "Recovery" is included in the short story collection, Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets. Get your copy now! 

If you'd like to learn more about the folks at Durham Editing and eBooks and all the interesting stuff they have planned, you can go to their Facebook page or their website

Check out the blog of my friend Wayne Murphy, a great writer and a good guy, too, who is also included in the anthology. Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lava Rock

Hi, everyone. I'm really proud of winning a contest for the first time -- The Iron Writer Challenge #17. The name of my story is "Lava Rock," a flash-fiction piece that could be no longer than 500 words and had to incorporate the following four elements: almonds, a grizzly bear, a root canal, and a town hall. This is what I came up with. Enjoy. And check out The Iron Writer site to participate in a future challenge yourself!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet the Boys!

The boys from Tower Bridge are so happy to see you here! Well, most of them are. Stan is ready to be somewhere else. Anywhere else. But don't take that personally. You know how he gets.

Anyway, feel free to peruse the excerpts and discussions in my blog. Hope you enjoy them. Oh, and if you go to the Amazon page for Tower Bridge, you can "Look Inside" the book and read the first two chapters. Pretty cool, huh?

By the way, Tower Bridge is only $2.99 -- a bargain, really. It's available in paperback, too. And if you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can borrow it for free!

Go ahead -- take a chance on this first-time author. You won't be sorry!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


This flash fiction piece was published on the Flash Fiction World site in July 2012. Sadly, I think FFW is no more. For your convenience, I have posted the story here. Hope you like it!

It happened again this morning. The first time in a while, but I could pretty much predict the reactions. They go something like this:
First phase – the people don’t seem to notice me. Then they turn around all of a sudden, almost irritated, as though I’ve grabbed them by the shoulder and said, “Hey, you.” What they’re thinking is obvious. I mean, they might as yell out, “I know you.”
Second phase – they stare at me and, after a second or two, through me as they try to pinpoint an old, slippery memory.  I understand why it takes them a minute, though, and have to cut them some slack. What they’re trying to remember happened over twenty-five years ago, overshadowed now by grunge and O.J., Y2K and 9/11.  They focus again and say something along the lines of: “You were in Sunset Stripped!”
Third phase – if possible, they look at me even more closely when I admit that, yeah, I was Lieutenant Nick Rusco on the series. It’s a penetrating look, comparing my thickened body to the muscled, tanned cop who used to slide over car hoods and crash out of windows, arms and legs flailing, when he chased after the bad guys. Some of these fans (I guess they’re fans, even though they never seem to know my real name) laugh about the crazy mullet I used to have.  But that’s only when I wear my Dodgers cap.  If I don’t have it on, they never mention hair, except for that one dude who just shouted, almost as if he couldn’t help himself, “Oooo-ee, you as bald as an egg, man!”  When I told this to Linda, she laughed quietly and kissed my bare scalp. I love the feeling of her lips against my skin.
So my looks aren’t up to Nick Rusco’s standards anymore.  More like David Crosby’s, probably.  Sometimes I even say to the mirror, “What the hell happened to you?” 
But I don’t find any of this to be a disaster, to be honest. Maybe if I had wanted the recognition from the beginning, if I had gone looking for the People’s Choice Award or the TV Guide cover, I would have been torn up about the series being cancelled after only two years and the dwindling interest afterwards. I might have even shown up in a tabloid or Celebrity Rehab or something.  But, luckily, I had a hobby. I just started playing with PCs again, the way I would have all along if the producer hadn’t spotted me at the technical school. I’ve always loved PCs, even back in the day when they were so sluggish and big and ugly. And then, of course, I met Linda.
She’s doing better with the remission and all. Luckily, because of the Sunset Stripped royalties and my little IT business, I have plenty to pay for her care and make her as comfortable as possible.  Lately, when she pulls her own Dodgers cap low over her forehead, I sneak up behind her and yank it off.  “Oooo-ee,” I say, gently kissing the top of her head.  “You as bald as an egg, baby, and I just love it.”

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Thursday, April 4, 2013


I am a huge Nick Hornby fan, and I imitate his style whenever I can. Check out this interview with him. I especially like his observations about literary novels and how we sometimes feel obligated to read them instead of less-exalted fiction that we'd probably enjoy so much more.

Nick Hornby at the Heyman Center

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Body of Work

Thought I'd give you links to the other stories I've published (some under the name Kimberlie Orr).

As Hannelore:

"Pauper Loon" (First prize winner in the 2016 Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere writing competition, 13 September 2016)

"If You Say Run" (47 -16: Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie [Volume I], 2 April 2016)

The Ice Goddess (1 May 2014)

"Gravity Check" (Aspiring to Inspire anthology, 17 March 2014)

"The Prince"  (The Iron Writer Autumn Equinox Challenge - not the winner of the finals by any stretch of the imagination :O, 10 October 2013)

"Two Princes" (The Iron Writer Autumn Equinox Challenge - winner of Mary Shelley bracket, 26 September 2013)

"Recovery" (Summer Shorts anthology, 12 July 2013)

"Gravelly Point" (Colors of My Soul contest finalist, 2 July 2013)

"Lava Rock" (The Iron Writer Challenge #17 contest winner, 27 June 2013)

Tower Bridge (16 March 2013)

As Kimberlie: 

"Wildflowers" (Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, 9 October 2012) 

"Recognition" (Flash Fiction World, 29 July 2012)

"Ealing Broadway" (Rusty Nail Literary Magazine16 July 2012)

"Hair Jungle" (Honorable Mention in AuthorStand contest, July 2012)

"The Trippet Stones" (Timeless14 February 2012)