Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jack's father owned the city's biggest and best bar, the nerve center for deal-making, and as Jack grew older his penchant for intelligence gathering led him to a job with tne feds.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The world was plunged into darkness, not by some divine machination, but by the hand of man.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The old songs still haunted his memory, the words now out of reach, but the melodies — like a low, howling wind through the trees — remained.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Months later the river mud still clung to the streets and the sound of construction could be heard along the banks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The town's residents had decided, seemingly on a whim one winter morning, electric power was wrought by the Devil and had it outlawed, along with books, cars and chewing gum.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The floor was a sea of wrapping paper, packing peanuts and boxes.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

"What at first I took for a zest for life turned out to be mental illness," said Zip with a sigh as he told me about his ex.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Smith got to where he was through hard work, pluck, determination and his family's deep pockets and worldwide connections.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The pool of messengers was dwindling due to the king's penchant for killing them whenever bad news came his way.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The party was over, the floor littered with cigarette butts, empty bottles and the wayward friends too drunk to go anywhere but to sleep.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cue the marching band.
On Josiah's 99th birthday he dragged out a ladder, made it onto the roof and cleaned the gutters with a satisfied sigh, finally able to check it off his to do list.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The baton was tapped, his arms raised and with an audible intake of breath they knew it was time to begin again.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clyde was growing weary of Bonnie's back-seat driving, which had extended into how he handled the bank robberies.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The old painter could barely pick up a brush, but managed to retain his power when it hit the canvas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

The city was slowly collapsing in on itself in a rust-belt, pain-killer induced, teen pregnancy riddled vortex.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jody often wondered how he went from MIT wunderkind to second-tier pornographer, but believed it may have been the pharmaceuticals.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

The escalation of hostilities began slowly, but by spring the neighbors upped the stakes by hiring crooked land surveyors, hack lawyers and, eventually, strong-arm men.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Where once sailors and prostitutes cavorted there was now just a bramble-covered spit of land jutting into the brown and churning river.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I knew she had done something awful when I found the wad of blood-stained cash in her purse.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The fog rolled in like the dark thoughts of the man standing by the shore.

Monday, December 5, 2011

For Artie, maturity came when a sunrise stopped meaning he should put down the beer and head off to sleep, but rather to pick up a coffee cup and head off to work.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Travis enjoyed wallowing in the underbelly of his picture-perfect town, as did the mayor and the chief of police.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lacy Valentine hated that holiday in February that bore her name since she rarely received those tokens of affection.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The octogenarian radical, no longer up on current politics and slightly senile, was confused about what side he should support and so wandered back and forth from one side of the line of protesters to the other.