Synopsis of Short Stories


Almost Perfect:: A couple looking for their perfect 'getaway' discover more than they bargained for. [DramaPublished in Horror Newsletter 01/06/2010  Rev. 06/2014

Next Stop Las Vegas: A boy with a stolen childhood begins a journey to grieve his loss in his own way. His progress is thwarted by the rigid schedules, rules and regulations of the adult world which threaten to rob him of the closure he so desperately needs. [DramaRevised 03/01/18   Published in CWG 2016 Anthology

When Pigs Fly:  A father and daughter deal with family matters including traditions, guilt, loneliness, and death. [Drama]  09/21/18

Ogglin' the Girls - A man returns with his grandson to his hometown one more. [Drama] 04/04/18

Who Am I? - After her father passes away, a daughter discovers her parents' dark past. [Drama]  05/18/18

Hollow WordsFor this story I was trying to reach into an area of emotions where I didn't want to go. It is based upon my feelings of how I would react to the loss of my wife. This story was difficult to write, but also important for me because it touches upon a subject you would never want to experience.  [Drama

Manchester County Murder Mysteries
  • The Collector: A serial killer has a unique way of finding his next victim and satisfying his needs. [Murder mystery] Rewritten 04/30/16
  • Associated: A rules enforcer for the local homeowners' association is found dead. The investigators uncover several suspects before the Feds show up and take over the investigation. [Murder mystery] Rewritten 02/23/16
Let's Not Talk About It: A soldier with PTSD who recently returned from Afghanistan meets a Vietnam veteran at a coffee shop.  [Drama

Weekend GetawayThings don't always go as planned. A little girl's parents believe a trip to the beach will take their daughter's mind off the loss of a loved one.  [Drama

Best Friend: An imaginary friend is losing a child who is growing up. [Drama

Sacrifices: Choices are often required for career-minded people. When the opportunity of a lifetime is offered, Heidi finds that it may come with consequences she isn't ready to accept. A weekend with the family makes the choice that much more difficult. [Drama] Revised 11/24/15

The Age of Innocence: Two raccoon learn that growing up is much more difficult than they expected. [Life lesson]  The first story I ever wrote and the first story published - 2003  Rewritten 05/24/16

Fiction - Reader Comments


A Cat's Tale:: A stray cat decides to adopt a couple, but learns that some changes in the household are required. [A mostly true story, but told from his royal highness' perspective]   Published 2003

Fragile: A hummingbird is found on the floor of our garage bound in a spider web. [A mostly true story]

Foot-in-Mouth Disease:  Have you ever wanted to crawl into a hole after opening your mouth without thinking?  [A fictional story based upon a personal experience]

How Can I Help You::: A person with uncontrollable anger issues seeks help, but finds himself caught up in an automated telephone help line. [A fictional story based upon a personal experience]
Unresolved Issues:: A couple attempts to cope with their new lifestyle after retirement.  [A fictional story based upon a personal experience]  Rev. 08/2011

Broken Promises: When the person you trust the most breaks a promise, the consequences change your life for the worst?  [Another mostly true story, but told from our cat's perspective

Living and Dying at the Sam's Club:: A husband goes shopping at the Sam's Club for the first time. [A humorous fictional story based upon a personal experiencePublished, September, 2011, Indigo Rising Magazine

For Better Or For Worse:: A relationship is born out of adversity and quickly grows into one of friendship and love. [A mostly true story]

The Nine Stages:: Learning to cope with life after finding out you have an incurable disease. [A fictional story based a upon a personal experiencePublished in Spiritual Newsletter March, 2010 

Experiences - Reader Comments


Personal Stories Capturing Moments in Time

Caught: On a cross-country flight, I find myself involved in an embarrassing situation.  Rev. 07/2011

A Patriot Found His Home: Ringgold's Festival of Flags stirs emotions within me. Published June 26, 2015 Catoosa County News

Did Anyone See That?: This is what happens when you attempt something that you should never have tried, but your ego does not know when to say 'uncle.'

Tip of the Iceberg: When a letter is received, old wounds surface and the young marriage is challenged in ways the couple never saw coming.  05/2017 

Cruel World: When I need to be home, I am 8,000 miles away with no way of getting there.  08/2017

Never-Ever Do: There were many things I swore I’d never do. Yet, sometimes, promises are meant to be broken. This is a moment in time - when my two-year-old child was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  06/2017

The Look: When I fly into Vietnam, this 'newbie' cannot figure out the strange look on the soldiers' faces.

Welcome Aboard - My first day aboard the U.S.S. Mauna Kea just after graduating from boot camp.  01/2018 

The Chronicles of William - An explanation for why my parents had ten children. 

There It Goes Again: A story of living with self-doubt and how it ruled my life. Rev. 08/2013

For What Is A Man: 
A tribute to my father, William Gaughran. The man I thought I knew, but really only got to know later in life.  

For What Is A Man - Part II: The seventh son tells his story of having to live with Kennedy's Disease.

Voice In The Night: Three boy scouts are winter camping and a mother decides to intervene.

Moments in Time - Reader Comments


Quick Reads - Several stories of 800 words or less

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