Writing:

Short Stories

The Undoing of Flip Foster

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Flip Foster is a perpetual student. He’s already earned a doctorate in linguistics, but instead of beginning his career, he’s working on a master’s in computer science—and sinking deeper into debt.

He’s also an aspiring hacktivist working to expose the truly creepy level of personal data being collected by MeFirst, a popular online shopping app. One night, he receives a surreal visit from Lucky Ferris, the company’s founder and CEO. Flip will be granted the access he wants, provided he waits at least one week before going to the press.

Why would Lucky make such a generous deal with Flip when he could simply have him arrested? What will Flip do with his newfound abilities? How far can he go before there’s no turning back? What is real, and what is only in his head?

This story is a loose retelling of the Faust legend, in which a man frustrated by his own limitations calls upon dark forces for assistance.

Length: 10,800 words, 43 pages

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Second Sight

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Laila Duchamp works for a major corporation that is gearing up to release a new product called Second Sight: a set of nanotech-powered contact lenses that provide the wearer with better than twenty-twenty vision, instant facial recognition, thermal infrared, and a slew of digital filters. It’s her job to take these revolutionary lenses home for their first extended trial.

Despite some concerns Laila has over privacy, Second Sight is released to the public and meets with great success. But when the lenses begin to reveal more than advertised, how will the world respond?

Length: 10,200 words, 41 pages

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Angel in the Cave

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A boy named Angel sits listening to his grandfather’s story about a hunter in a land long forgotten. That night, the boy dreams of the hunter and continues the story. But the hunter has dreams of his own…

Length: 6,200 words, 25 pages

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Sacred Geometry

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A young student visits the home of a renowned professor who has made an offer to tutor the boy in mathematics. Over an unusual cup of tea, the two begin discussing geometry as planned, but conversation soon turns to the fourth dimension and evolves into a sort of guided meditation. An out-of-body experience gives the boy a terrifying new view of the world. After what he sees, there may be no going back to his old life.

Length: 2,800 words, 11 pages

Honors: Wattpad Staff Pick (October 2015)

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A Bottle of Jinn

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Ever heard of “Damavand Persian Gin”? Neither had Penny until she found a bottle at work and decided to take it home. Once she releases the spirits from that bottle, there is no turning back. They’ll either grant her wishes or claim her soul. Or maybe both.

Length: 4,100 words, 16 pages

Preparing for publication.


Amaretto

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A young couple return from a week-long second honeymoon in Japan expecting to come home and pick up life right where they left off. But something strange happened while they were in the air. The world has moved on without them.

Length: 3,700 words, 15 pages

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An Occurrence at Summerland Tavern

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To win a bet, Suzi Sparrow needs to go on a new blind date every single day for a month. Three weeks in, she's scraping the bottom of the barrel. She finally gives in and agrees to go out with a guy from her high school that she doesn't actually remember. After this date, she won't soon forget him.

Length: 3,000 words, 12 pages

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Barefoot

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A mostly true story about a time I almost died.

Length: 500 words, 2 pages

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