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Why ‘Presidential Pardon’ Is a Great Espionage Story

Via me at The Loftus Party:
Espionage stories usually veer far away from reality in order to make things exciting. Fine. But I wanted to buck that trend (sort of). So I wrote “Presidential Pardon.” It’s set in a universe where superhumans exist, but apart from that, it includes some very realistic plot points, including one about how espionage works in the modern world. I made some flaws in executing this short tale, but it remains a solid story and it’s definitely worth your time to read. Here’s a bit more about it. (Minor spoilers ahead.)
“Presidential Pardon” is one of the 13 quick reads in Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice (December 2017). The major theme of the story is that it’s possible to do the right thing even when it seems like every choice will lead you to doing the wrong thing. For a bit about its conflict, see what I wrote about it last year here at The Loftus Party.
The plot involves protagonist (and superhuman) Adam White trying to figure out what to do a…

Comedian Michael Loftus Talks about ‘Appalling Stories 2’ on His Podcast!

Comedian Michael Loftus is touring on the successful The Deplorables comedy tour. I write for his website and yesterday he had me on his podcast to talk about Appalling Stories 2!

I talk a lot about “The Order that Changed the World,” the tale I contributed to the anthology, on the podcast. But I also talk about the other stories as well. Better yet, Michael and I discuss the first Appalling Stories along with the importance of creating culture.

We also get into talking about a host of other subjects, including the possibility of starting to publish some fiction through The Loftus Party.

Head on over to The Loftus Party and listen to the podcast. And be sure to check out the new post I published at The Loftus Party about “The Order that Changed the World” and how it addresses the question, “What Would Happen if America Banned Guns?”

Thank you to everyone who has purchased Appalling Stories 2. Don’t forget to leave reviews at Amazon and to tell others about it!

I Am Chaos

Here is a short story I originally published on April 7, 2016 at Liberty Island Magazine. I’m no longer a part of Liberty Island, so I’m republishing it here at Liberate Liberty. Enjoy!

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Caitlin had wanted to go straight home after work. She was exhausted. First she had to go to the Queens office. Then she had to go to the off-site meeting with the potential client. And then her boss wanted her back at the Manhattan office to work on a project the other team was failing to complete. But she had already agreed to go out to eat with the others. And once she got to the restaurant she was glad she hadn’t come up with an excuse to skip out on it.
The dining area of the trendy New York restaurant was on the second floor, with the lights lowered for mood. Their table sat in the middle of the floor space but they could still easily see the well-lit streets below them thanks to the floor to window ceilings of the restaurant. Caitlin had selected a salad along with a vegetarian entrée. Sh…