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    I was born in New York just after WWII when, because of the Depression and the war, the city seemed very little changed from the 1920s. I spent a lot of time listening to my grandparents, hearing what the area was like from when they were born in the 1880s, so it was like living in multiple time periods. I grew up in the suburbs, spent the next 20 years freelancing a design career in the Midwest and Northeast then followed that career to Los Angeles.
    • Fiction
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      • 2011 Poetry Anthology: Into the Unknown
      • 2012 Poetry Anthology: Cracks of Time
      • 2013 Poetry Anthology: Whispers in the Dark
      • 2014 Poetry Anthology: A Storm Is Coming
      • 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember
    • Fiction - Gay Authors Anthologies
      • 2022 - Anniversary
      • 2021 - Spring - On The Road
      • 2021 - Spring - Potluck 2021
      • 2021 - Fall - A Winding Path
      • 2021 - Fall - An Unconventional Gift
      • 2021 - Fall - Potluck
      • 2020 - Spring - Full Moon
      • 2020 - Spring - The Storm
      • 2020 - Fall - Bridges
      • 2020 - Fall - Shadows
      • 2019 - Spring - Into the Stars
      • 2019 - Spring - Snapped
      • 2019 - Fall - Fall From Grace
      • 2019 - Fall - Raincheck
      • 2018 - Spring - Now or Never
      • 2018 - Spring - Encounters
      • 2018 - Fall - Fight Back
      • 2018 - Fall - Good Intentions
      • 2017 - Spring - Unintended Consequences & Jagged Edges
      • 2017 - Fall - The Fallout and Secret Spaces
      • 2016 - Spring - Crossing the Line
      • 2016 - Summer - Wicked Games
      • 2016 - Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten
      • 2016 - Winter - Rewind: Pre-2016 Themes
      • 2015 - Spring - Full Circle
      • 2015 - Summer - Road Trip
      • 2015 - Fall - Blurred Edges
      • 2015 - Winter - Blackout
      • 2014 - Spring - Nature's Wrath
      • 2014 - Summer - The Backup Plan
      • 2014 - Fall - Scars
      • 2014 - Winter - Chain Reaction
      • 2013 - Spring - A Night To Remember
      • 2013 - Summer - Roll the Dice
      • 2013 - Fall - Pandora's Box
      • 2013 - Winter - Recipe for Disaster
      • 2012 - Spring - It Wasn't Me
      • 2012 - Summer - Choices
      • 2012 - Fall - Friends & Enemies
      • 2012 - Winter - Desperate Ends
      • 2012 - Special - Mayan Tribute: End of the World
      • 2012 - Anniversary - Secrets Can Kill
      • 2011 - Spring - People Are Strange
      • 2011 - Summer - Walk on the Wild Side
      • 2011 - Fall - Legends
      • 2011 - Winter - Aftermath
      • 2010 - Spring - I'd Never Do That
      • 2010 - Summer - Out of this World
      • 2010 - Fall - No Going Back
      • 2010 - Winter - Haunted
      • 2009 - Spring - Oops
      • 2009 - Summer - Carpe Diem
      • 2009 - Fall - Something Unexpected
      • 2009 - Winter - Deceptions
      • 2008 - Annual - It's Just a Game, Right?
      • 2008 - Spring - Living in the Shadows
      • 2008 - Summer - Escape
      • 2008 - Fall - Anniversary
      • 2008 - Winter - Ghosts
      • 2007 - Annual - The Road Not Taken
      • 2007 - Spring - Fairy Tales
      • 2007 - Summer - Ending and Beginnings
      • 2007 - Fall - The Rainy Day
      • 2007 - Winter - Worth Fighting For
      • 2006 - Winter - Blizzard
      • 2006 - Fall - Halloween
      • 2006 - Summer - Going on Vacation
      • 2006 - Spring - Day of Silence
      • 2004 - Winter - Christmas
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  1. Solitary

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 12/09/2022 (Updated: 02/03/2023)

    Genres: Mystery
    Sub-genres: Police Procedural
    • workplace
    • suburban
    • north america
    • serious
    • police
    • modern

    The Waldron Police -- Owen, Ike, Elena, Don, Jae, and Rob -- are back, this time following a knife fight that started in a nursing home.

    • 9 Chapters
    • 16,240 Words
    • 3,914 Views
    • 22 Comments
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  2. Collections

    By RichEisbrouch, in Non-Fiction. 01/10/2019 (Updated: 12/07/2022)

    Genres: Comedy, General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama
    • suburban
    • urban
    • north america
    • no sex
    • light-hearted
    • serious
    • 20th century
    • modern

    This is a collection of my short non-fiction pieces.

    It's mostly lightweight stuff, just written to make you smile or laugh.

    This collection parallels that of my short fiction on this site -- Circumstances. Also, pretty lightweight.

    Enjoy.

    • 27 Chapters
    • 37,135 Words
    • 21,020 Views
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  3. Fix It

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 11/11/2022 (Updated: 12/02/2022)

    Genres: Mystery
    Sub-genres: Detective
    • workplace
    • suburban
    • north america
    • light-hearted
    • police
    • modern

    The Waldron police -- Chief Owen Neland, Lt. Ike Omari, Detectives Elena Petrakis and Don Burris, and Sgts. Jae Ryu and Rob Perez -- are on another case. But this time, it's their own

    • 4 Chapters
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    • 18 Comments
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  4. The Kid On The Bike

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 07/29/2022 (Updated: 11/04/2022)

    Genres: Mystery
    Sub-genres: Detective
    • suburban
    • north america
    • crime
    • police
    • modern
    • politics

    In a small Western Massachusetts former mill town, now part of a larger college circuit, a Chinese-American high school student is suspected of selling drugs simply because he's recently moved from New York City.

    The students know about it. The principal knows. The teachers and staff members have heard about it, too.

    When one of the school's security guards learns too much, she calls the Waldron police, and Detective Elena Petrakis leads the investigation.

    Backing her -- as in Recycle -- are Chief Owen Neland, Senior Detective Don Burris, Lt. Ike Omari, and Sgts. Jae Ryu and Rob Perez, who offer advice and support.

    • 15 Chapters
    • 22,118 Words
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    • 56 Comments
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  5. Bodark Creek

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 05/07/2021 (Updated: 07/22/2022)

    Genres: Comedy, General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama
    • rural
    • north america
    • light-hearted
    • serious
    • 20th century
    • love

    Bodark Creek is a small, former mill town, north of Dallas and close to the Oklahoma border. Starting in 1908, Addy Bronner Braden spends most of her very long life there, surrounded by her large, close family. She loves them, leads them, and depends on them.

    There is one gay person in this book – my husband. That makes sense, since the book is based on one half of his family tree. But he only turns up at the very end and as a visitor. And that about defines the relationship between gay people and this part of his family.

    • 65 Chapters
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    • 38,233 Views
    • 156 Comments
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  6. Post-Humorously

    By RichEisbrouch, in Non-Fiction. 07/16/2018 (Updated: 07/18/2022)

    Genres: Comedy
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern
    • light-hearted
    • modern

    Writers make mistakes, especially when writing quickly. Students make mistakes, even when writing slowly. Students writing quickly often make lots of mistakes, and they get unintentionally funny. Here are some of them.

    In Germany, it appears there's a whole cult that collects these. In America, we largely have the popular British book Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. This collection follows both of those.

    A friendly caution: A little of these goes a long way, so don't try to read them all at once. They get less funny. Very less funny. Far less funny. Oh so less funny. You were warned.

    • 78 Chapters
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  7. Recycle

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 09/25/2021 (Updated: 10/08/2021)

    Genres: Mystery
    Sub-genres: Light Mystery
    • college
    • suburban
    • north america
    • serious
    • crime
    • police
    • modern

    In a small Western Massachusetts former mill town, now part of a larger college circuit, people -- largely students -- keep getting approached.

    They don't bring it on themselves -- or do they?

    Police detective Elena Petrakis leads the investigation, while her standbys, Chief Owen Neland, Senior Detective Don Burris, Lt. Ike Omari, and Sgts. Jae Ryu and Rob Perez offer support.

    • 14 Chapters
    • 16,922 Words
    • 15,994 Views
    • 48 Comments
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  8. Circumstances

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 03/29/2019 (Updated: 05/12/2021)

    Genres: Comedy, General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama
    • young adult
    • mature adult
    • gay
    • north america
    • casual
    • light-hearted
    • serious
    • modern

    ROGER

    It was something of a mystery. One minute, Roger was there, busy as always, and the next, he wasn't.

    • 24 Chapters
    • 59,109 Words
    • 18,313 Views
    • 9 Comments
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  9. 12 Hours

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 01/08/2021 (Updated: 04/30/2021)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama
    • young adult
    • mature adult
    • urban
    • north america
    • serious
    • police
    • 20th century

    “The Rashomon Effect” describes an event given contradictory descriptions by each person involved. It describes the unreliability of eyewitnesses. Every element of the story is largely identical, but the dishonest retelling of the events shows each person’s ideal self by lying.

    Gay lawyer Ben Carleson – from In The Plan – is back, this time in 1985, near the beginning of his career and soon after he finished law school and passed the California bar exam. But he and Gene De Wijk met over a different kind of bar.

    • 17 Chapters
    • 47,513 Words
    • 16,884 Views
    • 30 Comments
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  10. Billy and the Goon

    By RichEisbrouch, in Fiction. 10/02/2020 (Updated: 10/29/2020)

    Genres: Comedy
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern
    • mature adult
    • gay
    • suburban
    • north america
    • casual
    • light-hearted
    • modern

    Billy wants a relationship. Badly. And that's just what he gets.

    This is a darkly funny Roadrunner cartoon. No matter where it starts, the coyote gets it in the end.

    Be careful when you rub part of your body thinking it's a genie lamp.

    This was written for a friend of mine, who contributed the first three chapters.

    • 28 Chapters
    • 14,465 Words
    • 17,046 Views
    • 5 Comments
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