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Benjamin J. Kirby
Interests: My family, writing, Democratic politics, public service, life in Florida
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The old hermit was finally dead, laid out quiet and still in a diminutive wood casket. The stark, sharp-cornered pine box was now three quarters filled beyond the body of the hermit with trinkets, baubles, and the kind of scented... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Clintonaut
It's flash fiction time again, and because it's Halloween, you knew this one had to be creepy. Chuck at Terribleminds gave us a set of parameters, including: Sub-genre Conflict Setting Must-feature ingredient There's, oh, around ten things under each. You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Clintonaut
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It's flash fiction from Chuck Wendig at Terribleminds! This one was good -- "Five Ingredients Make a Story"... so we picked five of ten, limited ourselves to 1,000 words, and, well, here you go. I went with a little different... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Clintonaut
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I'm going down to the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading tomorrow. I'll be there at 10:00 to see Dennis Lehane, and if I have a chance at all, to make a complete ass of myself in front of him.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Clintonaut
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Did not forget to do Flash Fiction this week. It was just... different. Three sentences, under a hundred words. And it had to be totally creepy. Hard to do a story -- a whole story, not just a vignette --... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Clintonaut
Thanks so much, Ravens -- appreciate the feedback. It's good to be back.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on The Black Lighthouse at Clintonaut
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Well, my little extended summer break -- which turned into a summer and fall break -- from fiction has finally come to an end. Frankly, I'm glad. There's been a lot of stuff I've been wanting to do on this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Clintonaut
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This was probably around 1996, 1997: No, my smile is not always that smirky. Okay, it kind of is. It's why people think I'm being an asshole when I'm not being an asshole. No, my hair doesn't look like that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Clintonaut
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My backyard, just after I mowed it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Clintonaut
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Chuck Wendig has another flash fiction challenge at Terribleminds. This time it's a story in three sentences, under 100 words. I ususally think these challenges are a lot harder than his usual challenges -- 1,000 words and a usually some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at Clintonaut
Benjamin J. Kirby is now following Tina Bardine
Jun 29, 2012
Benjamin J. Kirby is now following Shari Hazlett
Jun 29, 2012
Benjamin J. Kirby is now following David Flintom
Jun 29, 2012
The writer and director Nora Ephron died. She was 71. I like to think tha the movies which had the biggest impact on my youth and early adulthood were action-packed thrillers like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Star Wars."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Clintonaut
I'm back. Kind of. I took a bit of a break from the fiction, and these challenges, which I missed. But like I said, I'm back. So now here's more flash fiction from Chuck Wendig at Terribleminds. He's had several... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Clintonaut
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Science fiction author Ray Bradbury died. He was 91. I still remember the way “Fahrenheit 451” made me feel -- excited, and a little bit scared. How did someone come up with that? I was a kid, and it was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Clintonaut
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Sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at Clintonaut
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The clouds we get in Florida when the rainy season -- that's summer -- starts are fantastic. I love the clouds, I love that they tower over us. They're beautiful. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Clintonaut
Just some great visuals from the New York Times on Robert Caro, who is about to publish a biography of Lyndon Johnson. Of course, the pictures are really less about Mr. Caro than his work and where he works. You... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Clintonaut
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It's no Texts from Hillary, but... That is actually one of the few pictures of myself I sort of like. I'm not a fatass, I still have hair, and I have a good hair cut. And my suit fits, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Clintonaut
I visit Terribleminds every day. If you are interested in writing even a little bit, you should, too. It is an indispensable resource. And kind of fun, too. The other day, Chuck's list was 25 Lies Writer's Tell -- and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Clintonaut
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Because this was sort of fun last time I did it: To answer several questions: yes, that is a cool tie I'm wearing. Yes, that is a limited edition Peter Max pin I'm wearing. It's based on his famous poster,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Clintonaut
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It's flash fiction from Chuck Wendig's Terribleminds. This time around we had to choose from a handful of settings and set our 1,000 word story there. I'll tell you right now, as tempting as "Abandoned Amusement Park" was, I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Clintonaut
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This is a story I shared at work a few years ago when we were kicking the tires on some software that allows us to share documents, calendars, that kind of thing. It's really a recipe -- the idea was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Clintonaut
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone. Sláinte. # # # # At That Hour At that hour when all things have repose, O lonely watcher of the skies, Do you hear the night wind and the sighs Of harps playing unto... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Clintonaut