93 Extracted Words – The Tease – July 2019

July 2019

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a novel in progress.

Jessie didn’t even remember when she and Mann came in themselves, but when she returned with their latest round of drinks (which had devolved to the level of vodka sodas) she realized they had been sitting on the sofa long enough for the darkness outside to have completely enveloped the grand, tall windows and their view of the valley. A seam of lightning cleaved the sky.

“Looks like that storm is getting heavier. The boys are in for a rough night. Gals too, hope they keep it wired tight.”

photography, travel

Crater Lake

Always intriguing, Crater Lake acquires an increased dimension of mystery under the smoke of this summer’s wildfires.











Smoke-Milled Moon

Northeast Washington is ablaze. Fires are currently burning, with little or no containment, near Curlew, Arden and Republic. Another large blaze burns in the state’s southeast corner near Dayton. These wildfires are producing large plumes of smoke, brazing the skies throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Moon, Venus and smoke.

 The added pollutants produce spectacular sunsets, eerie twilights and unique photographic opportunities. The other night, during a near-full moon, the haze mutated into an alien landscape. Below are some frames from that night, as well as others from recent smoke-filled evenings.


Moon through smoke and maples.

Shy moon.

Cotton candy sunset.

More smoke, more maples.

Western sky.

Smoke-milled moon.

To the East.

Indigo end.