The Story Behind the Story: “Ablution”

Where does romance end and abuse begin? What baser forces come into play when men are attracted to women and vice versa? These are some of the questions stirring through my mind at the time I began working on this story. Perhaps the recent news about sexual abuse served as a catalyst. I do know that the challenge of capturing the psycho-dynamics underlying sexual attraction is what compels me to write stories. Flash stories, I’ve discovered, are an ideal medium for capturing these irrational impulses in their enigmatic essence.

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2019-01-28 21:34:42


“A Time for Fantasy”

When I was ten, my bedtime stories were Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The prose was far beyond
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The Story Behind the Story: “Levitation”

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“Story Dissection”

Here’s all that is needed to dissect the story: Thematic Elements 1) The man loves his wife, as in t
2019-07-10 09:35:19


The Story Behind the Story: “Carve This Flesh From Off My Bones”

For me, this story is about the body. Women’s bodies in particular. I live in a woman’s body that has survived chr
2019-06-28 07:59:18


“The Stairs”

They are right there as soon as you open the door to your mother’s house, in an almost too close for comfort way. S
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“My Apologies”

I will start by saying that I do not have to explain myself to you.  Then I will go
2019-04-12 07:58:47


“Tweaking Personhood”

“How many of you are interested in volunteering for algorithm-tweaking?” asked Jim, the division manager. “And let me
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The Story Behind the Story: “The Hunted”

The genesis for “The Hunted” is somewhat foggy now, though I believe the story came from a friend’s anecdote about de
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About Fred White

Fred White's fiction, poetry, and humor have appeared in many periodicals, most recently in Analog, Beautiful Losers, Clockwise Cat, Every Day Fiction,Gemini, Limestone Review, and No Extra Words. His most recent book is The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. A professor of English, Emeritus, at Santa Clara University, he lives near Sacramento, CA, with his wife, Therese (an attorney), and two hyperactive cats.