Friday, December 21, 2018

Advent fiction 2018

I'm glad my friend Loren is hosting another Advent fiction event on his website again this year. My first experience submitting flash fiction for his annual event was back in 2016. I had a lot of fun coming up with two flash fiction stories, which you can read here. Go ahead and click that link. It will open (as will any other link on this blog) in a new window. You won't have to leave this page to read it. 

What did you think? Did you enjoy reading them? I hope so!

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What is "flash fiction?" In our case, it's a story of exactly 100 words (excluding title). No more, no less. Like the first time, I prepared two short stories for your reading pleasure. So, stretch out on the couch in front of a roaring fireplace, grab your favorite holiday libation and enjoy your feature presentations.


“What a surprise, huh, we get to go home for Christmas!”

Sergeant Kinkaid glanced at his squad mate. “Yeah, I know, I wasn’t expecting this.”

“Hot damn, Christmas with the fam! I can’t wait!”

“We’re leaving the unit shorthanded though.”

“Hey, everyone leaves the sandbox eventually, sarge, so let’s just count our blessings.”

Kinkaid just shrugged. “I guess.”

The C-17 landed at Dover AFB two days later and taxied to the ramp.

An officer looked at the manifest and shook his head. “Look sharp, guys, we have two Medal of Honor winners here. Let’s handle those caskets with extra care.”

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Naughty or Nice?

Hans and his sister Wilma loved Christmas. Most of the time. Wilma tended to be the nice kid while Hans frequently ended up on the naughty list. He couldn’t help it. He just loved to have fun.

A series of mean pranks this year landed Hans back on the naughty list. Again. This time in red ink.

St. Nick reviewed the latest updates to “The List.” He noted with dismay the new names marked in red. “Hans Krämer?” He sighed and added Hans’ name to a list worse than the Naughty List.

“Krampus,” he muttered, “another one for your attention.” 

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What do you think? Did you enjoy reading them? I truly hope you did. I had fun writing them, although the first one was definitely darker than the second story. 

During this holiday season, please remember to keep all of our deployed service members in your prayers and take time to reflect on their sacrifices for us over the holidays. 

If you are on the Naughty List, be careful that Krampus doesn't pay you a visit. 

I will finish the blog series on our Carnival Freedom cruise now that this project is done. A big THANK YOU to Loren Eaton for doing this again this year. Please be sure to check out the rest of the entries on his website at the link I made at the start of this blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

carpe cerevisi


  1. Oh, man, I didn't foresee that "Homecoming" twist. And I think we need more Krampus in the states. Coal in the stocking simply doesn't cut it.

    1. That was the intent, my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  2. Well done, Patrick. Two very different but really good pieces.

    1. Thank you! I have a lot of fun writing these.

  3. Patrick, even after I thought I'd read ever version there was of "Didn't know he was dead,"Homecoming" hit me right in the heart.

    Spooky and emotionally resonant. Well done!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. That one just came to me while I was writing the other one.