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The online home of Diana Brown

Humans Rarely Understand

The original version of this story was written for the 2015 NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Contest.  This expanded version was a finalist in the 2017 Pen2Paper contest, and (based on audience voting on Pen2Paper's web site) was the #2 "audience... Continue Reading →

Why I Loathe the New Battlestar Galactica

Today, I found myself once again discussing 'the difference between old and new Galactica.' Maybe it's the company I  keep, but it seems I have this conversation over and over - so I decided to put my reasons in one... Continue Reading →

What an exciting day!  I am thrilled to share that Darkhouse Books has released the Descansos Anthology, which includes my essay, "Tatort." "Descansos" are those roadside memorials that you see in spots where a life has come to an abrupt and... Continue Reading →

The Beauce and the Devil

The following is my translation of the French legend that explains how the beauceron got his markings. The story was presented by René Sauvignac and can be found on the web site of the French breed  club, of which he was... Continue Reading →

“Tatort” selected by Darkhouse Books

I am excited to share that my nonfiction essay "Tatort" will be included in Darkhouse's "Descansos" anthology. "Descansos" means "rest," and is the word used to describe the roadside memorials you see, usually where a life has come to an unexpected... Continue Reading →

Are We Mad About The Right Things?

  So, my last rant was on the topic of Policing In America. (TLDR: We need to take a calm and reasoned look at the facts, identify the underlying problem, and address that. Spewing hate and creating even broader divides... Continue Reading →

Policing In America

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not... Continue Reading →

The Master List and You

This post goes especially to my fellow NYC Midnight competitors. So many have made kind comments on the maintenance of the "Master List" of stories posted for review - and a couple of them have said "I don't know how... Continue Reading →

Because It Wasn’t Challenging Enough

Last year, I entered the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. You may have read about it here.  I made it to the final round - one of 40 finalists from a field of more than 35 times that many who began... Continue Reading →

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