The Spot Writers: The Holiday Miracle

spotsWelcome to the Spot Writers segment for this week. This week’s contribution comes from Deborah Dera. The prompt for the past few weeks has been “magic brew,” and Deborah found it challenging to work the theme into her piece so far after the spooky Halloween season. She hopes this piece sparks a little bit of holiday magic.

Next week’s prompt will come from RC Bonitz, author of A LITTLE BIT OF BLACKMAIL, A LITTLE BIT OF BABY, and A BLANKET FOR HER HEART.


The Holiday Miracle

Desi sat quietly in the kitchen. The only light shining through the windows was from the street lamp outside, and even those weren’t so bright anymore. Everything seemed dim lately.

Arnold slept peacefully in their shared bed upstairs. He’d been out of work for 4 months, only doing odd jobs here and there to supplement his unemployment. Desi worked nights at the local truck stop and what they were making simply wasn’t enough. They were just barely scraping by before Arnold lost his job. Christmas was just a week away and it didn’t look like there would be much of a celebration for the kids this year. [Read more…]

The Spot Writers: Magic Brew (take 3)

spotsToday’s little tale comes from Catherine A. MacKenzie. The current topic is “magic brew” and what follows is an excerpt from Cathy’s short fiction “Between the Good and the Bad,” which (if her muse cooperates) is being expanded this month for NaNoWriMo. (November is National Novel Writing Month; write a 50,000 word “novel” in one month.)

You can read “Between the Good and the Bad” in its entirety in her most recent short story collection, available on Amazon and Smashwords: 


I don’t kill without reason, at least not anymore, not once my sugar problem had been discovered. Sometimes killing for blood is a necessity, like the need for caffeine that drives humans to drink cup after cup of their morning coffee. They require caffeine as I need blood. But I’ve learned to use my skills to help the world, and I’m selective with my prey. [Read more…]