On Writing: Chalkboard

I didn’t know where I was going when I started writing “Chalkboard”. I wanted to write a story that was a mashup of something like Silence of the Lambs meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I have always been fascinated with these movies, as they are both about human predators. In both instances the main villain, (HannibalContinue reading “On Writing: Chalkboard”

On Writing: Adam & Steve

Adam & Steve was written at a time when I believed in using parody to reclaim power. I was honestly tired of hearing, “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” throughout much of my life, and this became a passive aggressive way of dealing with it. These days I find that inaction is preferable.

On Writing: Fear

“Fear” was my first short story to be published. I had lived alone for about a year and a half when I wrote this story. I was living in Whitby, ON, and my then partner had taken a job in California. Living alone with only dogs and cats to talk to can make anyone feelContinue reading “On Writing: Fear”

On Writing: Chocolates & Unemployment

I have worked in variety of office environments. Among other things, I was always the coffee glutton of the office. I tried to offset this by being the person who made the coffee. I thought if I ensured there was always coffee for the other staff, I wouldn’t have to feel bad for drinking itContinue reading “On Writing: Chocolates & Unemployment”

On Writing: From Forest to Fire

“From Forest to Fire” was my first short story to be chosen for publication even though it was not the first to appear publically. Perspectives Magazine was new at the time, and struggling to find the time to get all of their tasks done. I would estimate that this was accepted in March of 2006, andContinue reading “On Writing: From Forest to Fire”

On Writing: The Nordic Pumpkin

I was in a strange place when I wrote “The Nordic Pumpkin”. I had actually lost my grandfather in the summer of 2005, and I was unable to attend any of the mourning surrounding his death. I believe that this event and my childhood love of Roald Dahl inspired this story. My own grandmother, bornContinue reading “On Writing: The Nordic Pumpkin”

New Chapbook: The Sun On My Palm

The Sun On My Palm is a collection of poetry (and one flash fiction piece for fun), representing Kyle Richtig’s continued mission to describe the world around him.

Balance Act

I’m balancing on a wire suspended between two bridges. Far below, the canopy of ocean with its welcoming embrace waits, choked with plastic and wasted expectations.

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