Our theme for this issue is "Written in the Stars." We hope fate treats you well during this starry summer.

For more from our members, follow their blogs:

Marianne H. Donley

Headley Hauser

A. E. Decker

Will Wright



D. Ochs


A Father’s Burden 

Douglas James Troxell

Of course the damn dog had to die on my son’s birthday. Mason turns ten and our Cocker Spaniel, Chewbacca, drops dead. It was certainly inconsiderate of the dog, but I figure he didn’t have much say in the matter. He was thirteen years old. Chewbacca dying was sad enough, but the tragic part of his passing was that Mason would forever associate his birthday with Chewy’s death. Growing up I had a hamster named Fluffball that died on the Fourth of July, and I still say a prayer for that ball of fur every time a firework explodes overhead.

Chewy’s death, however, did afford me the opportunity to make good on a “future dad” promise I made to myself growing up. . . . 

Douglas James Troxell lives and writes in Macungie, Pennsylvania. When he's not writing, you can find him playing disc golf, reading Kurt Vonnegut novels, or watching wonderfully horrible Nicolas Cage movies. His work has previously appeared in Mobius: The Journal for Social Change, Dark Futures, and The Book of the Macabre. To read more of his work, visit douglasjamestroxell.com.



R. W. W. Greene

All the kids in the neighborhood knew the front door of Freddy’s Fried Chicken. The food was cheap and filling, and the little diner was more reliable than anything many of them could find at home.

Joseph liked Freddy’s. Sometimes he picked up a three-piece on his way home and ate it while playing his games. Usually, though, he saved his money for Early-Rlease Wednesdays, those monthly teacher-workshop days when hungry kids left school and piled into Freddy’s for crispy chicken and greasy fries.

Today, though, was a Thursday, and Joseph and the two girls were the only kids in sight. . . .

R.W.W. Greene
is a New Hampshire writer with an MFA he exorcises regularly in lonely bars and damp coffee shops. He collects typewriters, keeps bees, and lives happily with writer-spouse Brenda Noiseux. Greene keeps a website at 
rwwgreene.com and Tweets for posterity @rwwgreene. 


Eliminating Doubt

Wendy Swift

I’m driving home from my morning shift at the Red Dog Cafe and listening to the radio when I hear Kelly Clarkson is nominated for an Emmy. I remember how much I adored her music when I was in middle school, but now I cringe to hear her voice. It’s not so much her music I despise ― it’s what I am reminded of whenever I hear her sing. . . .

Read more here . . .

Wendy Swift
teaches creative writing and is the Director of the Center for Writing at Cheshire Academy, 
an international day and boarding school located in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition, she is the In-Briefs editor for the Bulletin, a publication of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Her essays have been published in Long Island Woman, The Adirondack Explorer and the Litchfield Times.

When she is not writing, reading and enjoying movies, Wendy can be found walking in the woods with 
her husband Ben and their faithful hound, Lulu.

Watch for the 2nd and 3rd Place stories 
from our 2018 Short Story Award 
in our Autumn issue of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

Available October 1, 2018

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