In this new series, author Jack Wallen offers 2-minute bits of advice to help you advance your writing skills. This time around he asks the question, “What moves you?”

2 Minute Drill: EP 1





by Sara Marian Estella Silverling removed the advertisement once more from her reticule. Snow nestled gently against the newspaper clipping between her gloved fingers. Martin Lannahan, Proprietor of Flying Horses. And below, the address: Rear of Samuel Carrell’s Smithy, cor. Elmswitch and Water Streets. Looking up, she regarded the warm […]

Hope on the Wind




By Jeff Davis Halloween This Year Halloween wasn’t the same this year. Sure we went to the same craft brewery and restaurant as last year and had great food and drinks. Sure, the live band was awesome and we were only a couple of blocks away from our hotel, so […]

8 Years of Prison


By Kelly White In the days after Christmas, our attentions turn inward, to the logs snap-crackling in the hearth, the blue light glare of another Christmas Special. We enjoy the roundness of overindulgence. Oh go on, just one more. We shut the curtains against the cold, settle in and ignore […]

When the Snow Falls


By Jack Wallen Writer’s Note: Near the end of this piece, I’ve embedded the song Santa hears. It’s Lulla, Lully, Lullah, by Philip Stopford. I highly recommend you click play as you finish the piece. December 24 He stood at the apex of Noël Pass, looking down upon the snow-covered […]

Santa Pause



By Bobby Gonzales Santa had never seen such bullshit. Kringle grunted as he rose to his feet amidst the blood stained snow. He looked once more at the carnage before turning to walk back toward the workshop. Three bodies laid strewn with gore. Greebo had been his friend as long […]

Santa’s Slay


By Myk Pilgram Humbugs People often inject morality into old folk tales to serve a purpose, to reinforce a taboo, or just to stuff Jesus into a place he has no right being stuffed. This tale, however, has none of that nonsense, it serves but one purpose, and that purpose […]

Humbugs


By Pippa Bailey Despite the dark and cold anywhere was better than home with daddy. Daddy did mean things to mama, sometimes Nia saw them, sometimes she just saw mama walking funny and putting on lots of makeup. She would happily trade a hundred nights in her warm bed at […]

When Santa Didn’t Come Down the Chimney



by S.H. Roddey Thursday, November 30th Santa Claus and Krampus walked into a bar. In the far corner, the Tooth Fairy ran the billiards table against the Easter Bunny, whose ears fell in defeated frustration. A jazzy and highly inappropriate instrumental version of O Come, All Ye Faithful filtered down […]

How Krampus Saved Christmas


By Dora Abel The world was a blanket of white sparkle that stretched out before Josie–silent, still, and untouched, as if time had frozen along with the earth. The old Antebellum home, her childhood home, became a little more drafty in the winter but none of their family minded much. […]

A Ghostly Christmas Present


By Jeff Davis Dear Santa Claus: It’s been a long time! The last time I wrote to you I was in fifth grade and starting to have my doubts about whether it was you or my dad who brought my new five-speed bike that year. Now that I’m older and […]

Yakety Santa