Short Stories


SimultaneouslyA Short StoryBy Z Zoccolante *Simultaneously, across the world, everyone hears a voice in their head. “In two hours, the server will be shutting down for the final time. Thank you for playing human.”* Villa was on her lunch when she heard the message in her head. Her hand holding the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she had every day froze in mid-air. As her head swiveled round the room she watched the nurses stare...

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Vega’s Straw By Z Zoccolante Listen to or download the podcast of this blog. http://zzoccolante.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Vegas-Straw-Z.m4a Download    ...

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My super short story, Their Heads Came Falling Down, got chosen for publication in Rollick Magazine. You can help it win the Most Popular Post Award by leaving a comment or sharing it (from the link above) on your social media. For my lovely podcast listeners, this week’s audio, in the blue box, contains the story only. Keep reading below for some thoughts on the story’s topic.   *      *      *      *    Musings on...

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Friends, The story below opened my memoir, but was cut during editing. When writing memoir, they say one must write like an orphan, so it’s fitting that Literary Orphans published this piece. Thank you Literary Orphans! For Members only Listen to or download the podcast of this blog. Hidden mp3 player To become a member, click on REGISTER on the sidebar to the right! read The Word Skinny (4 minute read) Listen in the blue box....

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Hi Friends, This week I’m thrilled to share my first short story publication in Tryst Literary Magazine. (Story and audio below.) What has taken place? What do you think it means? With Love, Z :)   Surveying the Storm by Z Zoccolante After the storm, there was silence. It pressed between us like pockets of honeycomb, sticky and sweet, like the amber that might catch a bee to form prehistoric stones. Others might admire it...

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When I open my eyes the blindfold lies at my feet clinging to the prickly grass. It is silk, the color of blood, and ripples in the breeze. Whoever brought me here has left me and my mind pushes into a dark empty space as I try to remember the past. There are no marks on my skin. The ends of the silk hold together with a single delicate knot.   The boney ribs of corset fingers run down my torso like streaks of water down glass,...

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