Russell J.T. Dyer

Writer & Editor

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Short Stories

Below are abstracts from short stories that I have written. To read a story, click on the story's heading. They are listed in date order, with the most recent story that I've written shown first. At this point, I think the most recent two are my best and I recommend reading them.

From the darkness

A simple story about a man living alone and coming to a new level of existence.
Word Count: 2460 ;  Readers: 193 ;  Posted: August 2007

The Letter

A story about a man living alone in Berlin as an English teacher and a translator. He is asked to translate a letter from someone in France that hits home with him. This is another experimental story in that it deals with a bit with a neurosis.
Word Count: 4798 ;  Readers: 80 ;  Posted: July 2007

She used the F-word.

This is an experimental story for me in writing about very adult themes. It's a very sexual story--not graphically detailed, but clearly sexual--about a man's sexual abilities and how they play out with a woman he meets. Please don't read it if you're offended by sexual content.
Word Count: 2478 ;  Readers: 41 ;  Posted: June 2007

No one ever gave me flowers

A simple short story about a fellow who normally is energetic and in control of his life, but finds himself sad and reflective. In the midst of this down period, it occurs to him that no woman ever loved him enough to give him flowers.
Word Count: 5358 ;  Readers: 173 ;  Posted: May 2007

My therapist won't return my calls.

A single, divorced, lonely man has a dilema: his therapist won't return his calls. Being mentally stable and having no serious emotional problems at the time, the situation is tolerable. However, he feels a bit insecure being adrift in this way and seeks alternative methods.
Word Count: 6403 ;  Readers: 114 ;  Posted: April 2007


This short story is written in the style of a diary, but is interlaced with some dialog but only when the diary is open and present, dialog within the hearing of the diary. It tells pieces of the story of a young Italian American girl living in a small town near Boston.
Word Count: 3262 ;  Readers: 35 ;  Posted: December 2003

Hiding Under Covers

Commento poetico e narrativa sui barbone negli Stati Uniti, si cambio in una storia per un tocco personale.
Word Count: 1380 ;  Readers: 109 ;  Posted: September 2003

Purgatory for a Technology Heretic

A dark piece set in New Orleans, its about a character who is temporarily working the night shift at a government facility installing Microsoft Windows on computers. The protagonist believes he is condemned to this work for his blaspheme against Microsoft and Bill Gates.
Word Count: 2816 ;  Readers: 45 ;  Posted: July 2003

Calvino Exercise

As a writing exercise, I wrote this piece in which I attemptted to reproduce Italo Calvino's writing style by writing a few paragraphs to mingle with his paragraphs. If you read these paragraphs, see if you can figure out which ones are mine.
Word Count: 2229 ;  Readers: 45 ;  Posted: November 2003

Musings on Writing

Below are recent musings of mine related to my experiences as a writer. Click on an entry heading to read its full text. You can find all entries on Writing in the Musings section.

On Becoming a Graham Greene

By pushing myself emotionally, continuing to read Graham Greene's novels and writing reviews of them, I have made great progress in my fiction writing. I know I'm flattering myself, but I feel as though I'm become a Graham Greene. I think I can say this because he wasn't an artist: he was just a good writer. Shakespeare was an artist. Greene just did a good job and that's achievable. That's the trail I seem to be following in my personal growth and with my writing skills.


Evaluating Non Dead Authors

Almost all of the novels that I've read were written by authors who are dead. In college when I majored in English, older classical novels were assigned and I've read more on my own since. Only in the past year have I begun to read more modern works. However, I've not read many contemporary novels, novels involving current settings and circumstances. Now I've begun reviewing newly published novels. This is difficult for me. I don't know how to review them or what I should say about them.