Welcome

Okay, so here’s the thing: I write subversive short stories. Really. They harbor dangerous ideas, thoughts that could wreck your world. Welcome to KlurgSheld. Most of what you’ll find here is fiction, even some of the conventional posts. For example, there are a few items here by the ‘Bank Shot Blogger’. These posts were written … More Welcome

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 7”

Arthur Fox calmly checked the time while waiting for the board Secretary to finish reading the minutes from their last meeting. The fingerprints on the glass of ice water in front of him were slowly fading, and he had begun making silent bets about which would complete first. The unscheduled meeting was important enough to wedge in before the dinner his daughter was preparing for him at his townhouse, but he didn’t want to keep them waiting too long. She said she had invited a guest this time, a man that she’d previously only spoken about in whispered tones, and even then not by his real name.

Author’s note: This post is the seventh chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 7”

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 6”

A text was waiting for Derek Boa when he turned his phone back on upon landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Since he was restricted from leaving Washington State until the court date for his involvement in what the press had dubbed the ‘motorist revolt’ in Blaine, he arranged to stay with a friend he knew from his days leading an activist group in D.C. After Constitutional Evolution was disbanded in frustration following the 2016 election, the firebrand gamer had taken a job at a gaming company south of the city. Gisella would be late getting to SeaTac, so he had some time to kill before seeing his favorite redhead again.

Author’s note: This post is the sixth chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. If you just got here, the story begins in Chapter 1. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 6”

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 5”

“Ermaline?” The murmured question hung for a moment in the echoing hallway, followed by the scratch of hurried footsteps on old linoleum.

It had been about an hour since she’d gotten to Anjela’s building near the Chicago lakefront, and the lack of seating had led her to get comfortable with her legs crossed and her back against the wall. She stowed her phone and rose to greet the woman with whom Bert had entrusted a set of wind chimes a few weeks earlier.

“Where’s Bert?” the graying woman said as she extended a hand.

Ermaline’s troubled expression must have been enough of an answer, because she quickly unlocked her apartment door and ushered her guest inside.

Author’s note: This post is the fifth chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. The story begins in Chapter 1. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 5”

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 4”

Bert was bummed. He didn’t see Ermaline at all for the remainder of yesterday’s crossing, which he’d spent brooding in the darkened TV lounge on the lower deck. What was supposed to have been a touristy pedestrian stay-over in Manitowoc with a friend and collaborator had turned into a lonely string of movies he wasn’t interested in at a multiplex with stale popcorn. And the long hours of the morning, waiting for the two-o’clock return trip, were filled with far too much coffee. So when Captain Forrest stopped at the table where he was ignoring his dinner, and asked after Ermaline, he winced and avoided even the pretense of a response.

Mears State Park, which was about twenty minutes south of the ferry port, was the last stop on the route he’d charted for them before they set out. It was nearly eight now, a few hours before closing time, and Bert hadn’t found anywhere to secrete the final set of wind chimes in the park. He sat at a picnic table, staring out at the waves on Lake Michigan that reflected glints of the setting sun. The last two pods lay on the table in front of him, one of them opened, and he idly stroked the interior texture that he’d spent so much time and effort designing.

Author’s note: This post is the fourth chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. The story begins in Chapter 1. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 4”

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 3”

Craig zoomed the chart to full screen, leaned back in his office chair, and glared at the results of his query. He’d been poking around in the conflict analytics data store on and off for weeks now, looking for something that could explain a gut feeling that was dogging him, and now, finally, the trace on this chart reflected it. His jagged course through the agency had brought him a modicum of satisfaction, having landed him the task of monitoring the dynamics of influencers and their followings to feed the projections used for planning future actions by the agency. He’d been feeling that something had been changing of late, and now he knew what it was. What he didn’t know was how or why it was happening.

Author’s note: This post is the third chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. The story begins in Chapter 1. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 3”

InProgress 5: Tie-in

Something interesting happened while I was musing about how to introduce the third character thread in my current project. (If you’re new here, I’m preparing to start writing (and posting) the 3rd chapter of the 4th story in the current series.) In the first two chapters, we caught up with several of the characters that … More InProgress 5: Tie-in

“Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 2”

Mark Laraby slowed his pace and glanced back over his shoulder. He’d be on his own this time. Because of the tension between Homeland Security and Washington State’s status as a sanctuary zone for undocumented immigrants, the police were keeping clear of the new checkpoints that had just been set up. After the violence that had flared at the border station in Blaine over the weekend, they were taking no chances of being the cause of trouble with the feds. As a civilian trained by the community mediation program, he’d not only be their eyes and ears at the checkpoint, but also the force’s best chance to avert a replay of what happened in Blaine.

Author’s note: This post is the second chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. The story begins in Chapter 1. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 2”