DigiSpouse.com Testimonial

DigiSpouse.com Testimonial

About a year ago I watched a short video about the future of dating and apps. There was a particular person (lonely, overweight, shy) who was getting very serious about a dating app. I’m not talking about Tinder, Match, or even OkCupid (this latter one is where my wife and I met). What I’m talking about is an app that is the girlfriend. An artificial intelligence girlfriend.

And that’s what inspired this story. Except I didn’t want my dater to be lonely, overweight, or shy. No. Married. Unhappy with his wife, but married.

You can enjoy the story as a Medium article or find it as the latest piece from my weekly fiction web series Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations. Thanks for reading, Bookworms.

Source: DigiSpouse.com

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Medea Naked on the Golden Fleece

Medea Naked on the Golden Fleece

Lit Up has published this week’s dialogue, Medea Naked on the Golden Fleece. Go give it a read.

Every week this year I’m publishing a new piece for Dialogues: a Collection of Creative ConversationsThe stories-in-dialogue from this work are available to read for free as a Medium series. You can read the whole series here. I recommend zooming in or or out, or just going full screen on your computer if you get a “read on a larger screen” error. For a phone, download the Medium app.

Thanks again, Bookworms, for reading and supporting me as I write this short story collection. Every like and subscription here, clap on Medium, and follower on Twitter is validation that I’m not just writing for myself, but creating something others value as well.

Medea Naked on the Golden Fleece

Die Hoffnung (Hope 1), 1903 oil painting by Gustav KlimtDie Hoffnung (Hope 1), 1903 oil painting by Gustav Klimt / Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Related links:
Download a PDF of last week’s dialogue Two Conversations with Four Voices.
Web Series Content: a descriptive table of contents for Dialogues.
Read the first dialogue published outside the series: Tarnished Time.

Two Conversations with Four Voices

Two Conversations with Four Voices

I’ve published a new piece for my series. And, lucky you, I’ve also made the story into a shareable PDF. You can download the PDF copy of Two Conversations with Four Voices at this link. Or head on over to Medium and read the whole series now.

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In other news, I had a story come out yesterday in Spelk. If you missed the notification, please give it a read. It’s short microfiction intended to pack a punch.

A New Kind of Mother - A Flash Fiction Story by Randal Eldon Greene

You can always find all the online reads at the Read Randal Online section of my website. Thanks for being the best kind of bookworms there are: viciously voracious.

Tarnished Time is in The Creative Cafe

The Creative Cafe published Tarnished Time. For those who haven’t checked out the dialogue series due to technology issues (i.e., you can’t access series because you’re using an iPad), this is an opportunity to check out one of the stories. Any stories with clickable links in the oeuvre are published outside of the series, should you be interested in reading more.

 

Check out Tarnished Time in The Creative Cafe
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Tarnished Time

Tarnished Time

This week’s dialogue for my weekly fiction web series is Tarnished Time. Go ahead and check it out the series. It’s one of my favorites so far. A  descriptive list of all the stories can be found at this link.

UPDATE: Tarnished Time has also been published separately in The Creative Cafe. You can read it at this link: https://thecreative.cafe/tarnished-time-4b7aae6e0151

From the story: All I do anymore is sit around remembering. . . I remember myself. Other people too. Places. Half-witted time. The kind that dances to the thoughts of other decades of one’s life. 

In other news, due to an issue with the Medium series platform not pushing notifications to subscribers when my series is updated, I’m probably going to be making each story into it’s own series. Which is silly, I know. But it’ll let readers read the stories in any order they choose and push notifications to subscribers, all while keeping series posts separate from anything else I get published on Medium. Any thoughts about this are, of course, appreciated.

Ready to read the series?
Tarnished Clock

Life Cycle

Life Cycle

 

Here’s a story from my web series Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations.

Like if you enjoy, and check out all the stories in the series.

1

—What are you to do with yourself, Andy? You’ve broken all your toys.

—Can’t we fix them?

—No, we’re going to have to throw them away.

—But I don’t want to throw them away. I want to fix them.

—They’re in pieces. How does it make you feel? Do you feel better, having broken all your toys?

—No.

—Well, Andy, help me pick them up and take them to the trash.

—Mommy?

—What?

—I’m sorry.

—I know.

—Can’t we try to glue them?

—No, glue and tape aren’t going to fix these. They’re kaput.

—You need to fix them.

—I can’t fix them.

—Fix them now. I need you to try to fix them, Mommy.

—Calm down, Andy.

—No. No, I won’t. I want my toys.

—If you break them, you’ve got to throw them away. There’s no sense in holding on to a broken toy that you can’t fix.

 

 

2

—What are you to do with yourself, Andy? You’ve broken my heart.

—Can’t we reconcile this?

—No, we’re going to have to separate.

—But I don’t want to separate. I want to mend this.

—My heart’s in pieces. How does it make you feel? Do you feel better, having broken my heart?

—No.

—Well, Andy, help me pick my things up and take them to the van.

—Jackie?

—What?

—I’m sorry.

—I know.

—Can’t we try to work this out?

—No, flowers and foot massages aren’t going to fix this. Our relationship is kaput.

—You need to come to terms with this.

—I can’t come to terms with this.

—Patch it up with me now. I need you to try to forgive this, Jackie.

—Calm down, Andy.

—No. No, I won’t. I want our relationship.

—If you break my heart, you’ve got to let me walk away. There’s no sense in holding on to a broken relationship that you can’t mend.

 

3

—What are you to do with yourself, Andy? You’ve lost your case.

—Can’t we appeal?

—No, we’re going to have to accept the verdict.

—But I don’t want to go to prison. I want to appeal.

—You’ve lost your case. How does it make you feel? Do you feel better, having the verdict at long last?

—No.

—Well, Andy, help me look over these financial documents so they can be filed.

—Helen?

—What?

—I’m sorry.

—I know.

—Can’t we try to appeal the verdict?

—No, appeals and delays aren’t going to change the outcome. It’s finished.

—You need to appeal.

—I can’t appeal this.

—Appeal the decision now. I need you to try to appeal this, Helen.

—Calm down, Andy.

—No. No, I won’t. I want an appeal.

—If you break the law, you’ve got to accept your fate. There’s no sense in appealing a cut and dry murder case.

 

4

—What are you to do with yourself, Andy? You’ve shit your pants.

—Can’t we clean them?

—No, we’re going to have to toss them out.

—But I don’t want to throw them away. I want them cleaned.

—They’re disgusting. How does it make you feel? Do you feel better, having shit your pants?

—No.

—Well, Andy, help me get these off to take to the trash.

—Nurse?

—What?

—I’m sorry.

—I know.

—Can’t we try to clean them?

—No, soap and water aren’t going to clean these. They’re ruined.

—You need to wash them.

—I can’t clean those.

—Clean them now. I need you to try to clean them, Nurse.

—Calm down, Andy.

—No. No, I won’t. I want my pants.

—If you shit your pants, you’ve got to throw them away. There’s no sense in holding on to shit-stained pants that you can’t clean.


If you enjoyed this story-in-dialogue, please consider checking out the whole series. You can find the series here and a descriptive table of contents here.

Life Cycle