Excerpt from Author Douglas Owen’s Collection – Inside My Mind

Life, Levity, and the Search for Latitude

An Excerpt from YA, Fantasy, & Short Story writer Douglas Owen’s collection:

Inside My Mind – Vol. 1

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I can’t believe how easily Julie transitioned from our small office to the big one in this new facility. The lack of windows unnerves me, personally. How people could work with the walls looming over them baffles my understanding.

Several other astrophysicists help me deal with all the details concerning the plan. This is beyond me. How did they think I could handle all the details involved? So much to do and so little time to do it in. Why couldn’t we have found the 42 sooner? It really wouldn’t have made any difference. We would have just pushed with less ferocity than we are now.

The piles of requisitions scream at me for attention. One finds its way in to my hands, and I read it with disinterest. Toilet paper, really? There has to be something else to ask for. Three tons, that’s how much they’re asking for. They must be elephants or something. What the hell would they be using that much for?

“Julie,” I call out, hoping to pass on the need to investigate.

“Yes, doc?” she says when her face pokes into the room.

“Here.” I hold out the requisition form to her. “Find out how many times section seven flushes the toilet and see if they really need so much ass-wipe.”

She grabs the paper from me and chuckles. “I’ll look in on it.” I can see the question in her eyes.


“Are you okay?”

“We’ve worked together for about twelve years now, right?” My fingers run thought my hair, scratching at an imaginary itch at the back of my

“A little over, I’d say.” Her eyes are full of concern.

“Have you even known me to be an administrator?” She starts to giggle.

“Sorry, doc. It’s just that for the last few days you’ve shuffled more paper and administrated this facility better than anyone. There’s no one
I could point to who would have done a better job.” She flourishes the requisition form in front of her. “Most would have just signed off on
this without even thinking.”

My mind pictures Carl behind the desk with crates of toilet paper stacked behind him and I start to laugh.

“Carl, right?” Julie says.

“Yes. It’s stacked—”

“—Behind him.”

The headache starts to disappear. The levity is enough to break the ice. Standing, I make my way around the desk and take the requisition from
her. “I’ll take care of this.”

She giggles her way back to her desk.

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Be sure to join Douglas at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event where he will read from his short story anthology at Archtop Cafe in Bolton this Saturday November 8th. The event begins at 2pm.

Contemporary Fiction Writer Donna Thompson

Contemporary Fiction Novelist, Short Fiction Writer, & Poet Donna Thompson has joined the Spring 2014 JUZDIZRTS Author Event!

Donna Thompson is a Montessori teacher turned writer.  Through networking, a conglomerate of conferences, practice and workshops she has acquired a style of writing that is contemporary.  She likes to think, innovative.  Her first published book is based on experience, readings, humans, and a full bar of imagination.  She enjoys all creative opportunities and is learning to market, painfully.

Thompson loves kayaking, running and sports, as time allows. To dance, sing, learn and give back has always been and continues to be a most fulfilling enterprise. She enjoys conversations of all sorts.  Laundry and household chores keep her grounded and humble along with contemplating the universe.

The Glitch FactoryThe Glitch Factory: Perfectly Human in an Imperfect World

Local Human Mother Releases Anthology That Explores Our Hilarious Attempts to Control the Chaos in Our Lives. 12 stories, 12 doses of reality, 12 quirky perspectives, all strung together to reveal the glitches that curb our future plans and make us second guess the reality we’ve been so hastily shoved into. Through a compilation of short stories written with an elegant prose, Thompson defines the chaos that surrounds our daily lives by revealing the quirks and nuances that always seem to catch us off-guard. Humans are a stubborn species—we simply refuse to accept that our reality is not working in league with us. We make future plans, and then are surprised when something unexpected comes up and changes everything, imagine.

“We purchase a chocolate fudge sundae and ask for many spoons. In this way we envision the just in desserts, sweetness shared, caloric intake spread widely. Authors share with  the community more than mere words with a heat that may just melt that ice cream.You will find round, square, oval shaped spoons, straws and hopefully a snow shovel or umbrella. Let your weapon of choice be a tool for the ultimate connection and indulgence. Bring the work to life through your own interpretations, associations and values for a shop sign that says “Come On In We Are Open” to creative expression, freedom in speech. Know and feel  for a few hours the power of imagination, the draw of innovation and the purity and passion of literary pursuits. Those new tires, house renos and school fees will seem, some how, bearable or at least shared human essentials. Thanks to M.J., her staff and the community for releasing  the written word and voice beyond academia, the library  and the home for an experience that examines a storehouse of possibilities through our authors.”