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Star Wars -- Hunger Games Bumper Sticker by almcdermid Star Wars -- Hunger Games Bumper Sticker :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 3 0
Never Marry an Artist: A Tokyo Love Story
He was hunched over his coffee, looking grumpier than usual, which was quite a feat. He hadn’t seen me yet, so perhaps I could make good my escape. I hesitated a half second, but it was all it took. He’d seen me and now I was trapped. I had assented to being here by showing up. I guess I should follow through. I walked to his table and placed my knapsack on one of the vacant chairs.
“Bloody hell,” he said by way of a greeting.
“I’m going to get a coffee,” I said. “You good?” He waved me off and returned to his glowering. Apparently his skinny latte had committed some great offense and was receiving the full brunt of his icy stare. Perhaps he was trying to convert it to a Frappuccino. Perhaps he had mis-ordered and this was the source of his urgent gloom.  He had called me ten minutes earlier, simply saying, ‘Can you meet me?’ ‘What? Now?’ I had asked, but he had already rung off.  He knew I’d
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A Halo for Red Betsy CH09
1200 Monday 2 May 1949
I left my piece in the car and entered the lockup where I’d spent Saturday night, and asked for directions to the detective’s squad room. The Hawaiian sergeant behind the desk looked up from his blotter to see my badge and directed me to a staircase at the end of the hall. On my way, I passed a “Those Who Served” wall display dedicated to the men who had fought or died on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. I almost missed it, but there was a shot of Takeda, receiving a medal from some general that towered over him. His numerous citations, including four Purple hearts, were depicted below the photo. The boy carried some serious salad, so maybe I could let myself forget that I probably traded shots with some of his cousins. Perhaps he was even a good cop. I could at least try to like him.
There seemed to be a standard design for detective squad rooms, and this one was no different— a large open space with desks in the middle (
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Brave New City No. 60 by almcdermid Brave New City No. 60 :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 5 7 Brave New City No. 59 by almcdermid Brave New City No. 59 :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 5 2 Brave New City No. 58 by almcdermid Brave New City No. 58 :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 5 3 Brave New City No. 57 by almcdermid Brave New City No. 57 :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 5 2
A Halo for Red Betsy CH08
1000 Monday 2 May 1949
Red dropped me at the motor pool where I picked up my car, a 1948 white Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan 2-door that had arrived in place of the 4-door sedans the military usually employed. The Navy couldn’t really use it and hadn’t yet decided what to do with it. My luck was looking up. It was a fine car, and better yet, it didn’t look military. Before heading over to see Beaufort, I swung by the barracks to pick up the .32 and the cash, hiding both in the trunk of the Chevy.
There was a Marine guard in front of Beaufort’s quarters. He stepped aside as I climbed the porch. Before knocking, I briefly watched Beaufort through the screen. He was sitting in the same chair as before, as if he hadn’t moved, except that he’d shaved and was wearing clean khakis. And he wasn’t drinking. Many men pace when forced by circumstances to remain inactive, especially when something needs to be done. Beaufort just sat there. I was sure this
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Old Japan: Torii Gate by almcdermid Old Japan: Torii Gate :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 3 4 By Any Other Name by almcdermid By Any Other Name :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 0 2 The Canopy as Seen from Space by almcdermid The Canopy as Seen from Space :iconalmcdermid:almcdermid 5 6
Death Gets a Lift
Writing and one of his sisters
(she’s not saying which one)
stops at the last-gas-for-68-miles diner
to top off the tank
and get some ice for the cooler.
Writing sees Death hunched over his coffee
in a booth and says, “Hey, Death, long time.”
“Writing,” Death says, “good to see you man.
What are you doing way out here?”
“Going walkabout, you?”
“Got stuck here awhile back,” Death says.
“We could give you a lift,” Writing says.
He looks at his sister for confirmation;
she merely shrugs.
“Say,” Death says upon noticing the sister,
“aren’t you . . .”
“No,” she says, “but I get that a lot.”
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What I like most here is the structure by moving effortlessly from the general to the particular. First stanza is 'reflection' with no ...


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Journal Entry: Sun Apr 1, 2012, 5:04 AM
I know that I have since November all but abandoned my many friends here, and for that I apologize, but it was for a good cause. I successfully completed NaNoWriMo this year, my first time out of three previous tries, and I completing that novel, The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake, most of  which you can find in my gallery. The requires at least another 20,000 words to be told properly and most of my artistic energy going toward that effort (with an occasional political salvo across the brow of Big Brother's dreadnought).

The first installment of The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake . . .

The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake 1I had just passed the smallest dot on the map, a crossroads with a diner and a gas station, when the car started to overheat. I pulled over and looked under the hood. Once the steam cleared, I could see that the water pump belt had snapped. Strange. I'd check everything before starting this trip. I closed the hood and looked around. The road stretched out ahead of me, woods on either side. Looking back the way I came, I couldn't see the crossroads, but I knew I could not have come far, and I'd seen a tow truck parked next to the gas station, so I headed back. I soon passed a sign naming the town. It was shot up and rusting, but I could still read it:

And as if that's not enough, I decided to participate in  Script Frenzy, the less grueling cousin of NaNoWriMo. I'm this to motivate me to finish a full-length animation script, The Fire Maiden, that I began a few years back, and could be described as Princess Mononoke meets Avatar as imagined through the legend of the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. I'll post the treatment here later (as soon as I write it).

In the midst of all of this, however, I thought I really should get to deviantART and respond to the messages that have piled up (again, sorry). Upon logging in I found to my astonishment many more messages that I was expecting thanks being awarded a Daily Deviation of my flash story 'Space Camp'.

Space CampHe found himself standing in their daughter's room, staring at the dusty mobile of the planets, unsure of how he's come to be there. He looked at her bed, her desk, the unfinished homework. He considered opening the window, but the thought slipped away before he could act on it.
He wandered into the living room, looked out the window. The grass needed cutting. Did it? He wasn't sure. His wife would know, but she'd already left for work. Seems she left earlier every morning and came home later each night. Another thought occurred to him, something about each in their own way, but he couldn't hold it. Perhaps she was having an affair. He wondered at how he might feel about it if she was, decided he wouldn't feel anything.
He went into the kitchen, looked at the table, littered with unopened mail. He took a bottle from the cabinet and sat down at the table. Was he starting later than yesterday or earlier? He wasn't sure it mattered. He opened the bottle, but found he'd forgotten to get a

I wrote this story for 52/250 A Year of Flash (which has been completed but where you read many really great flash stories), but beyond that, I cannot say where this story came from, other than the fevered working of my imagination. I'm especially pleased that this story was selected because of all of my flash stories, I am most pleased with this one.

And so, many thanks to my friend and DA lit community powerhouse :iconliliwrites:, who is herself an excellent writer, for suggesting it, and to :iconthorns:  for featuring it.  I'm not yet familiar with :iconthorns:' work, but I will rectify that once I catch up here a bit.

And many thanks for all of those who have :+fav:ed the piece, for all of the very gracious comments, and mostly for all of the high praise. You've given me a boost of positive energy when I most need it. In addition to this general thanks, I will answer all comment, it just might take me some time to get to it.

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Al McDermid
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
I'm a novelist (who also writes short fiction and poetry); I take a few pictures as well.
Current Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Favourite genre of music: ambient
Favourite photographer: numerous
Favourite style of art: conceptual, abstract, Dada
Skin of choice: deep-fried chicken
Favourite cartoon character: me
Personal Quote: If you're taking it seriously, you're doing it wrong.




Final cover for All That Is: 81 Meditations on the Tao Te Ching 

10 deviants said All That Is Cover by almcdermid
7 deviants said Thank you, everyone, for the very helpful feedback and tips.


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haijinik Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Writer
:cake: happy b-day!
JACAC Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
+ . 1 . t h a n k . y o u . =)
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer

Thanks a lot, Al !
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NuclearSystem Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the fave!
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbigfav4plz: :iconmahnamahnaplz:

Sincere thanks, Al :handshake:

(long time, no see ;-) )
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thank you very much 4 +fav  Opening of asparagusseason by scheinbar :iconbluestarfaveplz:
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
many thanks for the faves Al  ! - appreciated .
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t h a n k . y o u . =)=)
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer

Thanks a lot, Al !
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