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Graduate of McKinley High School (2003) and recently earned a master's degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of Northern Colorado. Magician and writer by trade. His novella, Silence Above Chinatown, is an introspective glimpse at everyday Hawaii with an insider's look from an outsider's point of view. Currently, he is teaching at the University of Northern Colorado.



Tonight I Propose

Published by CMAK15 | Saturday, September 04, 2010 11:48 PM


100-word short story contest (Sept)


My mind spins as I search the aisles of Longs for a box of chocolate and half-dead flowers.

“Candy?” I ask the man in green. He points, I run.

There are so many to choose from. “The cheapest one will do,” I mutter, jogging to the flowers. The small bouquet catches my eye.

I stand in line. Guilt and panic pace through my mind as the anxiety builds. I think of how I should’ve been there thirty minutes ago.

I’m next in line.

“How are you doing?” the cashier asks me.

My heart hits the floor. It’s my ex-wife.



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Johanna - Friday, September 24, 2010 8:21 PM.


I love the simplicity of this story. So simple and yet the picture is very clear. I think the short sentences have a lot of punch to them and add a sense of realism to the story. I especially like the "He points, I run," and the last line.