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Short Stories

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Before novels were invented, people had to read short stories. Of course, then they were just called stories, as longer-format stories had not yet been invented. Some of the short stories below appeared in my first two books, The Sum of Memory and Destination Okinawa. The others, well, who knows where they came from, but they’re here now, so you might as well read them.

Also, it should go without saying that these stories were written a long time ago, before I had learned pretty much anything about pretty much anything. They are included here as a warning to future writers.


From Destination Okinawa (2006)

From The Sum of Memory (2004)

  • Parlance
  • Mosey General
  • Chelubai
  • Midnight Playground
  • Third Period
  • Moonlight
  • Mateo X
  • Dreamlover
  • Marinero
  • Listen
  • Case 442
  • Reflections
  • Ten Thousand Hits
  • Spark
  • Code
  • Timeless
  • The New Kid
  • Shadow Beach
  • The Sum of Memory