Author Archives: CJ Staryk

A Bridge Into Prehistory

Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls, Oregon, is a gorgeous overlook at one of many spectacular falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It is also a glimpse into the ancient world. In geologic terms, the glimpse is fairly recent, mammals were … Continue reading

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Chapter Six: Hairless Rats

Older Chapters can be found here: One, Two, Three, Four, and Five “I can smell them through the hull.” Mendin growled just loud enough for the soldiers and the Terran prisoner near him. He especially wanted the soft human prisoner to hear it. He was … Continue reading

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The Myth of Permanence

My philosophical side attempts to welcome change, knowing that nothing is permanent, especially within of a mere human or even the lifespan of human civilization. I was wandering at Big Bend National Park when I took this photo. Right on … Continue reading

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The Camera Loves You, Baby

When I’m taking photos, I focus on landscape vistas to capture the places that I have wandered through. Sometimes a single event, plant, or animal, sparks my interest. Then all my attention is centered. This happened on a beach hike … Continue reading

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Another Update

Hey Everyone, So this is a quick update about future plans. I will continue two of the stories inspired from WordPress’s daily word prompts (The Artifact and It Came From the Wizard’s Cellar). I like the serial format and I … Continue reading

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Passage

A look back in time, I was a tall, slender figure Leaning against a thicker planted post. my limbs stretched over A crossed skeleton supported by the post: a gardener’s vision. In the Spring, when I was lush and green, … Continue reading

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It Came From the Wizard’s Cellar Chapter Seven: Poor Acclimation

This is the conclusion of this story. For the earlier chapters see Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5   “I suppose the green, spooky glow bodes ill for us,” Darren said. He was tired. The adrenaline was wearing off from his heroic stunt to save … Continue reading

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It Came From the Wizard’s Cellar Chapter Six: The Ground Floor

Like this? Read Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 Darren stared at the gaping hole that used a porch and a front door. The stairs were crushed from the great weight of the Thing when it retreated. The inside was … Continue reading

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Writing Update

Hey Everyone, I’m still working on finishing that story I started, but I have been occupied with some other projects as well. I’m continuing work on my second novel that really started to gear up last November for NaNoWriMo. At … Continue reading

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It Came From the Wizard’s Cellar, Chapter 5: Into the Fire

Check out former installments of this story: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. The rain stopped. Water drained from the roofs, percolating through the muddy streets and the silence. Thunder rumbled far away. The storm responded as if … Continue reading

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