Stories tagged anxiety

How to Write and Publish a Story

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Set yourself a date. Sit down to write. Fret. Call friends. Look in the fridge. Compose e-mails. Make more coffee. Read writers' magazines. Realize that you need a hard deadline. Discover that a respected writer is teaching a weekend master class at an …

Panic Attack

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What is it that ignites the fear?

I know ...

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But here it was, Friday afternoon with Deborah checking MySpace for interesting bulletins or messages before she made some weekend plans, finding a blog from Fred posted that same morning with two simple sentences. "I know. I've known for a long time.

Driving Lessons

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Time moved sequentially, and all her time was accounted for...


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His academic nightmare is set in an examination hall, where the student takes a seat at a folding table in the center of the room.

They Come To Me At Night

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I have an appointment set for the day after next; you said you thought you might be firing blanks and then I feel a kick into my chest—two kicks, three, seven at least—my cat is going crazy at the stinky tom outside the window and the birds are waking, sc


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Locked at the highest rung Unable to budge at all


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woke up to the sound of a diesel looked out the window to see i’m not home outta bed to see if you had called not a damn thing on my phone

The Magnificent Inheritance

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When I first came back home there were kids who pursued me. I can't even write down what they said to me. If I wrote it down and then one day this computer broke down and I had to take it to the shop then I would get arrested and put in the…

Separation Anxiety

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She dreams he is coming home. A flicker of light upon a spine, he is floating toward her over food courts and luggage carousels, through time zones pocked with stoplights and the bulge of alternate lives. They never travel together -- like the royals, they say.…

A Not-For-Kids Dream That All Boys Have

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The room turns red and I start screaming and ejaculating. The whole class is watching as Mr.Smith slams down my copy of the test with his right hand and swiftly tears off my penis with his left.

Scooping the Fat of Time

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I lift up my sweatshirt and reach with a full fist into my belly button. This is where the fat comes out.

Voices From a Playground

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"Eye contact is essential as it shows confidence. I walk with purpose and hope that my skirt isn’t too short. "

Refiner's Fire

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It was the first time I saw his hands tremble. He was looking at me, waiting for an answer. He had bought a new shirt and tie and was wondering if it looked good with his suit jacket. It didn't. But it was his hands I couldn't take my eyes off of as he fumbled with his…

Anxious Whittle Anxious

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Son, could you please step out of the car?