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COVID Closet (Part 1 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #390  Courtesy of Pixabay.comAfter the little ditty about Zack and Zel, it’s time to return to a proper short story. You can thank my reader (and friend) from Palm Springs for the following story. In an email exchange one day, he mentioned that all this social lockdown stuff might provide material for a story. So here you have it. Blame him; not me.*****COVID CLOSET          Bruno Hadley fought to keep his voice calm. “What do you mean I can’t leave?”          The college provost looked comical decked out in full protective gear, including one of those powder blue gowns. His navy pantlegs sticking out below the hem were capped by wood-brown leather oxfords. The idiot ...
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Zack and Zel Went Up the Hill


dontravis.com blog post #389Courtesy of  commons.wikimedia.orgI’d say that the Brits liked “Liam” as well as anyone else. While normally US readers are by far the most numerous, readers from the UK almost equaled the locals. Saudi Arabia came in third. I’d hazard a guess there are some repressed feelings among that culture, wouldn’t you?This week, back to flash fiction. The following is a story in 880 words. And I used a voice I don’t normally use when writing fiction: the omniscient. Let me know how it holds together.*****Zack and Zel Went Up the Hill          Everybody in the little farming town of Leghorn knew Zack Cryer went loco over Zelda Milhous. But the young man had a problem. He br...
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Liam (Part 2 of a 2 Part Story)


dontravis.com blog post #387Courtesy of rawpixel.comLast week we met Tommy Zachus and his idol Liam Spotsworth. We watched as Tommy, struggling to become Tom, adored his hero from afar, drinking in stories of Liam’s exploits with women and dreaming of something. What he didn’t know. Until the two cowboys went skinny dipping one day.What more can possibly happen now? Read on.*****LIAM          The summer turned strange and wonderful. I had no trouble getting out of bed because Liam would be waiting for me. We were a team. A damned good team. And he taught me about… me. Wednesday of the next week, he drove to the pond at the end of the shift without asking. This time, we didn’t swim, merely wa...
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Liam (Part 1 of a 2 Part Story)


dontravis.com blog post #387  Courtesy of rawpixel.comMan, did I get some reactions to last week’s “If Only….” Glad I could stir some memories for you.This week, our story takes you to a northern New Mexico ranch to meet a couple of young men, one sheltered, the other experienced. Tell me what you think of Liam Spotsworth and Tommy Zachus*****LIAM           I wished I was Liam Spotsworth, but I wasn’t. Liam was a curly-headed cowboy on the J-Bar-Z; I was Tommy Zachus, the ranch owner’s son. He was edging toward twenty; I’d just landed on eighteen. He was a man’s man; I was wary of them. He chased—and caught—women; I was afraid of them. I’d been raised on our northern New Mexico ranch; he hai...
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If Only….


dontravis.com blog post #386Courtesy of churbie.comNostalgia time again. See if my flash fiction piece below conjures up any memories. Let me know how you like it.*****IF ONLY….          I stood at the window looking down on the city park. From my perch three stories above, the place reminded me of a massive playhouse. An expanse of grass—newly mown judging from alternating patterns of light and dark green—made up the carpet with gravel walks that resembled worn places in the pile. Bushes ranging from Gainesboro gray to plum purple provided walls, while tall, leafy trees made an inconsistent roof of sorts.          The ceaseless movement of people intrigued me. Nursemaids pushed strollers ho...
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The Drama Club-Part 3 (The Chameleon- Finale)


dontravis.com blog post #385  Courtesy of Needpix.comWell, it’s make or break time. We left our two players last week in the loft over the stage at Thespian Hall saying thing and making promises that might have hidden meanings. Let’s see what happens next.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 3: THE CHAMELEON (Finale)Opening night was a howling success. The actors and singers and dancers brought more patrons than old Thespian Hall could handle. It was standing room only. Jarrod watched from above as Brett paced the wings nervously before the opening. Precisely at eight o’clock, Jarrod pressed the switch that brought up the curtain and hit the first of his light settings. No one was on stage, a gaudy, revo...
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The Drama Club-Part 3 (The Chameleon-Episode 2 of 3 Episodes)


dontravis.com blog post #384Courtesy of Needpix.comI’m willing to wager Jarrod’s found the guy he wants, but has he made a mistake? Bret’s a song and dance man, but he seems to be straight. Let’s see what happens this week.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 3: THE CHAMELEON (Espsode 2)Jarrod was satisfied with his modifications to the lighting by the time try-outs came around. He had one iron-clad rule, he never used his lights to try and influence Ms. Atherton for or against anyone; he did the best for every would-be actor who trod those boards. As Thes hall slowly filled, Jarrod discovered that Ms. Atherton wasn’t completely loony. She’d located some pretty decent talent among the music classes and c...
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The Drama Club-Part 3 (The Chameleon-Episode 1 of 3 Episodes)


dontravis.com blog post #383Courtesy of Needpix.comMore requests bring more Jarrod Gray and the Casa Verde College Drama Club. Let me know when you get tired of it. Here’s the third Jarrod Gray story. By the way, sorry Part 1 of the Drama Club got switched with Part 2. I’ll swear the computer did it. Whatever, I hope things will stay straight this time. Here we go.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 3: THE CHAMELEONJunior year. Casa Verde College. The Drama Club. Lighting and Curtain Director. It all sounded good to Jarrod Gray as he looked around the first Drama Club meeting of the school year. Thespian Hall held a slightly musty smell that would dissipate with the coming and going of student over the ...
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The Drama Club-Part 2 (The Stagehand-Finale)


dontravis.com blog post #382  Stage SpotlightsCourtesy of publicdomainpictures.netWell, has Jarrod ripped his britches with Kahn (please don’t try to make anything out of that comment, it’s a good Oklahoma saying)? Let’s see how things progress.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 2 – The Stagehand (Finale)Later that afternoon, Jarrod watched from his perch as Kahn built a mockup of his first set. He had removed his shirt and worked bare-chested. Jarrod replayed last night in his mind while watching the muscles play beneath that golden-brown skin. Kahn glanced up at him occasionally but continued working. Not wishing to confront the boy, Jarrod went to one of the lighting banks and began to clean the rig...
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The Drama Club-Part 1 (The Jock)


dontravis.com blog post #380Courtesy of en.wikipedia.orgGot a lot of hits on last week’s post (My Personal Hero). Hong Kong particularly liked it. I had more visitors from there than I did the US. Hope they enjoyed it.Some time ago, I wrote a series of 5 stories under the title of The Drama Club, each with a subtitle. I pulled them out and took a look at them, deciding I want to publish them as blog posts. Here’s the first one, called “The Jock.”*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 1 – The Jock          A tricky, fast-paced scene, the kind Jarrod Gray liked. He got the lighting right more often than the actors hit their lines correctly. This was only the second play of the year at Casa Verde College, but...
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The Drama Club-Part 2 (The Stagehand-Installment 1 of 2 Installments)


dontravis.com blog post #381State SpotlightsCourtesy of publicdomainpictures.netSorry, guys and gals, I tried to get it down to a single installment but couldn’t do it. Interesting thing: By far the most hits I got last week came from Hong Kong, and that’s not unusual. I generally have a bunch from that part of the world. The astonishing thing was that they were followed by Turkmenistan. Both exceeded the number of hits from the US. For those who are interested, I generally receive 5,000 to 7,500 hits a month. Not great, but not bad, either.At any rate, let’s get on with the saga of Jarrod Gray, student lighting director for Casa Verde College’s Drama Club.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 2 – The Sta...
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My Personal Hero (A Short Story)


dontravis.com blog post #379Albuquerque Police Substation at UNMCourtesy of commons.wikimedia.orgI wrote the following short story back in the days when the language was daring. Today, not so much so. In fact, it’s probably tame. It’s a little long for a post but too short of a two-parter, so stick with me to the end, okay?*****MY PERSONAL HEROWhenever talk turns to superheroes, my mind never goes to the comic book characters Superman or Batman or Captain Marvel. I automatically think of Wesley DeVille. You see, he’s my own personal hero. He’s also a super guy, so that qualifies him as a super-guy-hero. He doesn’t fly or catch bullets in his teeth. He doesn’t have a fancy appellation like Ca...
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A Second Look a The Cutie-Pie Murders


dontravis.com blog post #378Courtesy of pexels-photoMan, did I get the hits on last week’s post, “Clouds.” Got over 1300 in one day. But not many comments. By the way, if you read my posts on Facebook, please be sure to “Like” them… if that’s appropriate.On September 12 of last year, I gave readers a first look at The Cutie Pie Murders, the next in the BJ Vinson Mystery series. It was post Number 354, in case you want to look it up. Today, I’d like to give you a second look. The following excerpt comes at the beginning of Chapter 2.  BJ’s considering investigating the murder of nineteen-year-old Mateo (Matt) Zapata, who turns out to be the third handsome young man strangled and dumped naked ...
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Clouds


dontravis.com blog post #377Courtesy of Flickr,comNot much comment on Jim and Miss Lily but got lots of hits. I take that as a sign of approval.Had a little drama in my life recently. I open this web site every morning to check on statistics and to answer any questions I might get. Lo and behold, I opened it on Sunday to find that… it wasn’t there. Google said, sorry, we have no blogs for you. Something akin to panic set in, so I called my computer guru who said, sorry, but I don’t know web sites or blogs. I called a friend of a friend who creates web sites, and she tried to help, but failed. The only suggestion she could make was to recreate the sites from scratch.I learn slowly, but I do l...
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Jim Heightly and Miss Lily (Part 2 of 2 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #375Courtesy of Pixabay.comLast week, Jim Heightly's little world was turned on its end by a new man in town. A burly, handsome Arkansan who caught Miss Lily's attention. Let's see what happens next. *****JIM HEIGHTLY AND MISS LILY           For a while, it looked as if nothing was going to change, and for Jim that was about as bad as having something change. He kept waiting for it… whatever it was going to be. Then the day, or to be more accurate, the night arrived when the world tilted. At two o’clock closing, Jim started up the stairs, but Miss Lily’s hand on his arm put a halt on him.          “What?” he said.          “Other plans tonight.”          “What other p...
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Don Travis: Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial No...

Don Travis: Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial No...: Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial Novella) : dontravis.com blog post #374     Courtesy of maxpixel.net So their experi...Original link
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Jim Heightley and Miss Lily (Part 1 of 2 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #375Courtesy of Pixabay.comSure got a lot of comments on my serialized novella, Impotent. Also got a bunch of hits. Thanks for tuning in and beefing up the statistics, guys. By the way, for the uninitiated, to me “guys” is a gender-neutral nouns, so my female readers (and I’ve got some because I’ve heard from them) shouldn’t feel left out when I use the term.Today, we go lighter. It’s a little short story that came to me while I was daydreaming the other morning. Here’s part one:*****JIM HEIGHTLY AND MISS LILY          Jim Heightly. A 150-watt bulb in a 50-watt socket. Everyone in the little Oklahoma farming town of Lynchpin knew one day the fuse was gonna blow. He’d ...
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Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial Novella)

Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial Novella): dontravis.com blog post #374     Courtesy of maxpixel.net So their experiences, their romps, their joy in one another continues. B...Original link
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Impotent-Chapter 7-Finale (A Serial Novella)


dontravis.com blog post #374  Courtesy of maxpixel.netSo their experiences, their romps, their joy in one another continues. But for how long? The stalled weather front has moved on, and the outside world will soon be making demands on the industrialist. Let’s see what happens in this final chapter.*****IMPOTENTThe next day, the world intruded on the two men… big time. De la Roche’s phone burst the dam. Business problems began to pile in on the industrialist. Despite the interruptions, he went out in the field with Austin, but before noon, the call he had been dreading came. The helicopter was ten minutes away. Austin took the phone from him and gave instructions to the co-pilot, advising of...
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Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella)

Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella): dontravis.com blog post #373     Courtesy of svgsilh.com It finally happened. They got together, and it was explosive. Wonderful. ...Original link
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