Mandie Hines


This flash fiction piece first appeared in 50-Word Stories. Cool grasses cradle my back. Fireflies flicker. I inhale the sweet, damp air; at peace for the first time in five years, three months, and nineteen days. I could lay here beneath the black sky for eternity. Instead, I rise and kiss my husband’s tombstone before […]

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It’s been a long time coming, but my sci-fi/horror novelette “Alger’s Dimension” is now out in the Disturbed Digest #19 December 2017 issue. I received the acceptance for this piece at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been patiently waiting for December ever since. If you’re interested in the journey of this story, I reflected […]

Author: The Chameleon Profession

One of my favorite things about writing is that it allows me to dabble in any profession I choose. Even as a journalist, I had the opportunity to peek into the world of other people whether they were doctors, teachers, quilters. It didn’t matter because every day I spoke with new people and had the opportunity […]


I enjoy the English language and all the little quirks that come with it. One such quirk can be found in contronyms, or words that are their own opposites, with two definitions that contradict each other. Contronyms are also called antagonyms, autoantonyms, and Janus words. I’ve compiled a list of contronyms that I hope you’ll enjoy […]

Main and Minor Characters

There is a spectrum of characters in every story that range from main to minor characters. I read a prompt in “The Daily Writer” by Fred White that described characters as being either flat or round. A flat character can be described in a single sentence, or maybe it takes a few lines, but the […]