A Terrorist Organization Sent Me a Letter

A Terrorist Organization Sent Me a Letter

That’s right, a terrorist group not only sent me a letter, but using Publishers Clearing House style writing, told me I could win guns and gold in a sweepstakes.

Part of entering involved stickers. There were three of them.

I WANT TO WIN GUNS & GOLD!

I WANT TO WIN GEAR & MORE!

I WANT TO WIN TWO BONUS GUNS!

Read the full essay on Medium to find out more about this insidious group and how I responded to this appalling letter.
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Insults Two by Two

Insults Two by Two

This story comes from two places: a childhood that had it’s fair share of insults slung at me and from the feelings of intense anger that have awoken in me since November 2016.

You can see the first place reflected in some of the lesser, totally repeatable insults (e.g., poopy pants). Other, more hurtful insults, may have been directed at friends or myself. Some possibly (and shamefully) may have been said by me (e.g., inbred hick).

You can see that these characters’ insults (if the insults have relation to the election) reflect a perceived entitlement to forgo politeness or political correctness some hateful homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, and racist individuals have displayed in their words and actions since a conman conned our nation.

These insults—from name-calling to blatant attacks on our environment and education—have made me angry. Stressed. Tribal at times.

But this story also has two characters who have something different to say than a comeback. Or maybe they say the most effective comebacks of all. I am too angry at times to feel such a non-confrontational reaction is the right reaction. After all, I’m hurt. Friends are hurt. Good people I won’t ever meet in person are hurt. And I feel dismayed and angry. And I want to do something about it. I want, in fact, to lash out.

Yet, I know that I want to stop feeling this way — angry and without control — every single time another insult comes along from this administration or its base. Instead, I want to learn to to feel a different way. Hurt, yes. I’ll always hurt, and I flee from temptations of apathy and lassitude. I want to learn to be in control, to not feel enraged. I want my reaction to be modeled on something better than the forces that are tearing at the fragile seams of our democracy. I want to find a way toward peace — if not outside myself then inside, where it must start, where it most counts.

Content Warning:
When you get a chance to see this story, just note it does use explicit and abusive language. 

When it comes out in the future, I suggest you just skip Insults Two by Two if you feel the trigger warning pertains to you.

Read featured dialogues and links to available dialogues on Randal’s Medium series.

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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 writing a new piece for Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations. Featured stories and links to published pieces are available at the  Medium series. 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:
Web Series Content: a descriptive table of contents for Dialogues.
Read the first dialogue published outside the series: Tarnished Time.

Tarnished Time

Tarnished Time

This week’s dialogue for my weekly fiction web series is Tarnished Time. It’s one of my favorites so far. Go ahead and check it out the series to see links and featured dialogues. 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. 

Tarnished Clock

Hiss, Squawk, Bellow Mutter

Hiss, Squawk, Bellow, Mutter

The characters Hiss, Squawk, Bellow, and Mutter in my new dialogue are business men, and they talk just like their names imply. It’s a part of the new dialogue collection I’m writing.

About the Series
Dialogues is a series of short fictional stories written entirely in conversational form. So far, there are 11 works written for the collection. A new dialogue arrives every week of 2018. Follow me on Medium or subscribe via email to keep notified there.

 

In Case You Missed It
In other news this week, I had two publications come out. One, about a lost little boy, was published in The Creative Cafe. The other, about a kid with a body hair fetish, appeared in Literally Literary. Check them both out, please!

 

 

Read featured dialogues and links to available dialogues on Randal’s Medium series

Business Pyramid to Success

Standoff with Bigfoot Deep in the Remote Woods

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This week’s dialogue is Standoff with Bigfoot Deep in the Remote Woods. ]

This piece is a part of my weekly challenge to write one dialogue a week for all of 2018. This one is fairly experimental with no breaks between the words of the bigfoot character. Don’t know if I’ll seek a publisher for this crazy little piece, but it’ll be in the book once I find a publisher after the year’s end.

 

Happy monster hunting, bookworms.

Standoff with Bigfoot Deep in the Remote Woods by Randal Eldon Greene

Read featured dialogues and links to available dialogues on Randal’s Medium series

The Defining Attribute of a Girl

The Defining Attribute of a Girl

Hi, bookworms. The second dialogue I’ve written for my 2018 challenge is “The Defining Attribute of a Girl.” It’s about two characters discussing a digital photograph of a very beautiful woman.

Subscribe to abreast of this project or click below to follow news about the series on Medium.

Read featured dialogues and links to available dialogues on Randal’s Medium series.*
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*Note: some web browsers will ask that you “read on a larger screen” when it comes to series. This is an EASY FIX. Simply zoom out a bit, or you can go full screen. Either option works. F11 on most PC keyboards is a great shortcut for going full screen and back. Hitting the control (Ctrl) key while using the scroll wheel on your mouse is the easiest method for zooming in and out (assuming you have a mouse and it has a scroll wheel). You can always read the series on your phone by using the Medium app.

Expire

Expire - Dialogue - Short Story

The first story for my 2018 challenge has been listed. Expire explores the difficulty of conversation, conveying meaning, and comprehension. It’s a fitting first piece, as the general theme of Expire will be explored if not explicitly then implicitly through the very form of dialogues themselves. Thanks for following me on this journey as I write this dialogue series. Whether you follow the blog or follow on Medium*, I appreciate all the support, claps, and likes.

Rusting Sunken Ship

*To navigate through the series, just click or swipe right to progress forward, left to progress backwards. If you have the app or you’re subscribed to the series, it saves your progress so you don’t have to read it all at once.
Note: some web browsers will ask that you “read on a larger screen” when it comes to series. This is an EASY FIX. Simply zoom out a bit, or you can go full screen. Either option works. F11 on most PC keyboards is a great shortcut for going full screen and back. Hitting the control (Ctrl) key while using the scroll wheel on your mouse is the easiest method for zooming in and out (assuming you have a mouse and it has a scroll wheel).You can also read the series on your phone by using the Medium app.

Expect a post about one new dialogue every week of 2018.

 

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2018 Dialogue Series Challenge

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Hey, bookworms! Thanks for being here. Today is a pretty important day, as I’m announcing the start of my 2018 writing challenge—write one story a week using only dialogue. The working title is Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations. Please subscribe here to stay notified whenever the next one is listed as written! Or follow Medium where I’ll be updating my progress via a series.

What is a dialogue? That’s a great question. It’s what Plato and Cicero wrote. . .except that’s not what I’m writing. You could call these dialogue-style short stories. They’re different, fun, and most of them are short. The first dialogue is scheduled to be written and ready by next week. The intro to my series was posted today. I go into more depth about dialogues on Medium.

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Outside of my weekly dialogues, I’m still writing that darned novel. I’ve also got some short stories flapping around inside my cranium, so I suppose I’ll need to keep penning those out, if only for a bit of of silence. Let me know what your 2018 writing goals are in the comments below.

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Merry Christmas

poorly wrapped Christmas gift

Merry Christmas friends. I hope you had many gifts wrapped with love, if not skill. The picture above is the only gift I attempted to wrap myself this year. It’s a little something for my wife, and it’s a great conversation piece! When Libby saw it she laughed, kissed me, and said, “I love you.”

Have yourself some seasonal cheer, and if you missed it, check out this Christmas story I wrote for a little holiday entertainment. See you all next year!

 

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