Drabbles are 100 word stories, no more and no less. One of mine won a prize in a recent Scribophile contest. I chose my favorite Groucho Marx quotations and wove them into a more contemporary satire.
Second Place: Leftover Duck Soup
Judge’s Comments: “Loved the comedy running through this. It reflects Groucho Marks’ humour so well, I could see the conversation taking place in my head. It made me laugh out loud, which given the subject matter, is no mean feat. And all dialogue, which isn’t easy. Nicely done!”
I hope it will afford a chuckle! Here’s the story:
Leftover Duck Soup
“Groucho, you can’t possibly vote for him again! Think about our children!”
“Why should I care about posterity? What’s posterity ever done for me?”
“You think he’s done a good job with Covid? You’d take hydroxychloride?”
“Certainly, I intend to live forever, or die trying.”
“Didn’t you hear Fauci last night?”
“Why a four-year-old child could understand that report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child.”
“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
“I can’t stand it!”
“Thanks for coming. I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”
My story “Hell’s Angel” is in this most interesting volume of satire.
Endgame is the final installment of the Alternative Truths series. In it, you will discover stories of what might be, or not be, all envisioned as possible outcomes of the disastrous 2016 election. Stories of justice, redemption, failure, and laughter. How will this national nightmare of endless tweets and divisive policies, all bent on destroying the very fabric of our democracy, end? Will it find resolution under the rule of law, a flash of nuclear fire, or with the slow methodic collapse of democracy. I don’t know but some of the finest minds in science fiction have taken a crack at it and these are their stories, their visions, and their fears.
“I love the varied voices in these anthologies. End Games really brings home the multitude of opinions and observations in an entertaining and insightful manner. While all the stories are worth your time, I really appreciated those by Louise Marley and K. G. Anderson. B Cubed Press knocks another one out of the park.”
“The book is thoughtful and the pieces curated for their writer’s attention to their craft, but also the poignancy of their themes. Each story, while occasionally, very dark, points to how and where we have gone and perhaps how to course correct. The third in the Alternative Truths series, which shows no indication of losing either steam or focus.”
The book made me laugh out loud. Jim Wright has T***p down perfectly. In the “Final Tweet” I found Nathan Ockerman’s vision of the fleeing conspirators beautiful, he truly captured the antics of Mitch McConnel. As always, David Gerrold made me think and KG Andersons vision of 2020 kept me awake last night as I considered the prophetic nature of her visions. All in all a good book. I enjoyed it.
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Robert's story "Joaquin's Gold" just won the
2010 Art Affair Western Short Story Contest. The story brings legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta back to Central California during the 1880's in a search for hidden treasure. Robert hopes to produce a book including all of his Joaquin Murrieta stories. Stay tuned.