Tuesday, 23 September 2014

'Thrash' Published at Daily Science Fiction.

My flash story 'Thrash' is published at Daily Science Fiction today. This is a coming of age story. I love using life transitions in my stories: birth, coming of age, marriage, divorce, death. 

Rocket Dragon ratings are appreciated. Rate me.

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

The Monologue from Shakespeare's As You Like It

What a killer last lineSans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


  1. I rated you! Great story. Read it as I sipped my coffee over breakfast.

    Yeah, the boy Shakespeare could sure write.

    1. Cheers, Simon. I want to write a story entitled: 'Sans Everything'. I'm sure it's been done before, but it's a great line.

  2. Read it, rated it ... damn fine ending! :)

    1. Thanks widdershins! I like a good ending. Did you see it coming?

  3. Hi Deborah, I subscribe to DSF and just read your story. I was so impressed by it that I just had to come and tell you. I rated it 7 rockets. I rarely rate a story 7 rockets, but that twist! Loved it. Congratulations on getting it published.

    1. Hello rlsharpe. Thank for taking the time to tell me. Feedback is gold for a writer. So pleased you liked the twist.

  4. Loved your story! I could feel the darkness around Thrash!

    1. Hi N.O.A, Thanks so much for stopping by. It fun story to write. One of the very few that wrote itself.

  5. 7 rocket dragons, of course. Enjoyed the introduction to Thrash -- looking forward to the next installment...?

  6. A well executed and unique story, Deborah. Top rating from me too!