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In Four Short Weeks (2016.12.30)
Daniel is leaving in a month.

Through the Snowstorm (2016.12.29)
It is strange and still when no one should be on the roads.

Hell Has Frozen (2016.12.28)
Where is your Hell?

A Place Where We Would Meet Ourselves (2016.12.27)
How does one make friends these days?

Friendless without a Fight (2016.12.20)
Kest proposes to Daniel, so he is clearly going to abandon the Hudson Valley?

Bryan's Engagement (2016.11.26)
Bryan gets engaged. Finally.

The Time I Didn't Die of Breast Cancer (2016.11.22)
Xen doesn't die of breast cancer. He nearly dies of worry.

A Week in San Antonio (2016.11.14)
Flying to Texas on Election Night? Not a great idea.

Inside a Pagan Ritual (2016.10.31)
Xen tries to connect to a Pagan ritual.

Your Rape Jokes Aren't Funny (2016.10.26)
You are better than to make rape jokes.

A Trans-Girl on the Boys' Unit (2016.10.20)
How does the state deal with transgender girls in boys' facilities.

A Light through the Forest (2016.10.10)
Xen no longer needs crisis hotlines and is grateful to them.

My Students' Lives Matter (2016.10.01)
Xen's students are not your hashtag.

A Little Slice of Heaven (2016.09.18)
Xen is happy in Red Hook, just for a little while.

A Creature of Epiphanies (2016.09.16)
Xen learns all at once or not at all.

Pokémon Go Outside (2016.09.12)
It's okay to enjoy a cell phone game that makes you walk, even if it was briefly popular.

Repudiating Snobbery (2016.09.10)
Don't be a snob.

Material Rewards (2016.09.04)
Dan gets a great house through hard work.

Monday Morning of the Year (2016.08.30)
Most people would be thrilled to have two months off a year...

Amber the Vet Tech Student (2016.08.29)
Amber returns to college.

Lake George: Thief (2016.08.19)
Lake George steals wallets.

The Otakon Taster (2016.08.15)
Amber and Xen go to Otakon and Xen muses about vinegar.

To Portland and St. George (2016.08.05)
Amber and Xen go to Maine. It is slow.

Spend While You Can (2016.07.22)
Money is hard to release for the formerly poor.

The Moment of Now (2016.07.18)
Now is the only place you will ever be.

Amber's Middle School Reunion (2016.06.25)
Amber revisits her middle school and is ignored.

Nothing's Gonna Change My World (2016.06.13)
Kristina surprises the introverts with a hike.

The Convicted Dan Jurow (2016.06.07)
Dan Jurow is sentenced to ten years in prison for trying to entice a twelve-year-old.

To My Recidivist Students (2016.06.01)
Students shouldn't need to be locked up to be free.

Death of the Voles (2016.05.15)
Amber fosters orphaned rodents, whom we come to love.

Seeking a Friend for Saturday (2016.04.30)
Xen fails to force a tribe.

Have Me as a Member (2016.04.28)
Xen needs his tribe.

On the Cusp of Old (2016.03.30)
Xen's mother is not going to be getting the senior citizen discount.

Kest, Who Stole Daniel (2016.03.28)
Neither Kest nor Daniel are suggesting he move to Maryland, but damned if Xen isn't scrutinizing the possibility.

The Birds and the Bees (2016.03.25)
Xen knows about sex.

Taming the Wild Beast (2016.03.12)
Xen has a needy monkey but not really.

Turning in the Direction of "Better" (2016.03.11)
Xen is recognized and one of his stories is solicited for a movie.

Will You Bleed for Your Dreams? (2016.03.07)
What you achieve isn't what you dream, it is what you are willing to suffer.

Hate the Sin, Love the Pencil (2016.03.02)
Criminal youth are tough on pencils.

Psychopharmacology and You (2016.02.11)
One pill makes you larger, one pill makes your thoughts less insistent so you can do the work you need to do.

Is Bernie Sanders Punk Rock? (2016.02.07)
We head to a Bernie Sanders rally... I mean, punk show.

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot (2016.01.01)
It is a new year, so let's not focus on the past and ruin the present.

Thomm Quackenbush is an author and teacher in the Hudson Valley. Double Dragon publishes four novels in his Night's Dream series (We Shadows, Danse Macabre, and Artificial Gods, and Flies to Wanton Boys). He has sold jewelry in Victorian England, confused children as a mad scientist, filed away more books than anyone has ever read, and tried to inspire the learning disabled and gifted. He is capable of crossing one eye, raising one eyebrow, and once accidentally groped a ghost. When not writing, he can be found biking, hiking the Adirondacks, grazing on snacks at art openings, and keeping a straight face when listening to people tell him they are in touch with 164 species of interstellar beings. He likes when you comment.



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