My Writing


Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep (published July 1, 2018 by Literary Wanderlust) In his previous collection, Not Quite so Stories, David S. Atkinson twisted reality with small absurdities. Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep leaves sanity completely behind, pondering modern life through surreal humorous flash fiction involving Margaret Thatcher, jam appearing in boxers overnight, Gene Roddenberry, and more.

Apocalypse All the Time (published January 1, 2017 by Literary Wanderlust) Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop…one way or another. Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

Not Quite so Stories (published March 1, 2016 by Literary Wanderlust) The traditional explanation for myth (including such works as the relatively modern Just so Stories by Rudyard Kiping) is an attempt by humans to explain and demystify the world. That's crap. We may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond our grasp. Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension. The best we can do is to proceed on with our lives in the face of that. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how the different characters manage (and/or fail) to do this.

"Not Quite So Stories" by David S. Atkinson on Ganxy

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Short Stories:

"Disclaimers Seem Merely Stupid Until You Realize That SOMEBODY Must Want to do That if They Have to Say it so They are Actually Kind of Trying to Talk You Into it in Some Way Using That Unknown Somebody as Persuasive Evidence at the Same Time That They Aren't and are Actually Maybe on the Hook for More Liability Than if They'd Just Kept Their Big Mouth Shut"  published November 17, 2020 in The Cool Zone: An Anthology From Camp Elasticity Productions.

"Few People Know That James Doohan was Actually Raised Flemish and Only Took up his True Ethnic Heritage to Advance the Public Support for his Character" published October 7, 2020 in Vol. 15, No. 3 of Wilderness House Literary Review.

"If You Bring me my Silverware After my Breakfast Burrito Then it's Probably Going to Get Cold Before I Can Eat and I'll End Up Getting Mad Enough To Green Light Yet Another Adam Sandler Movie" published in the Summer 2020 issue 36 of Grey Sparrow Journal.

"God Has Still Not Forgiven Nicholas Cage for 'Con Air' and I Don't Think He Ever Will or Should," to be published in the Spring 2020 issue of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s 13th Floor Magazine.

"People Go On and On About the Cholesterol Benefits of Cheerios But No One Wants to Talk About How Many Hamsters They Execute As Part of Their Annual Company Picnic Sack Race Awards Ceremony" published December 6, 2019 in Spelk.

"Fever When You Kiss Me, Fever When You Contract Diphtheria and Perish in an Antiquated Nebraska Farmhouse Because People Keep Refusing to Vaccinate Their Teenage Goth Children Before Letting Them Watch Old Cannonball Run Movies" published September 17, 2019 in issue seven of Cherry Magazine.

"I Tried to Juice my Fruit Dehydrator and Caused a Temporal Anomaly that Broke the Universe" published June 2, 2019 in  issue six of Cherry Magazine.

"We're Still Debating Whether 'Mud' was Really the Name  of the Doctor Versus the Monster or if it was What he Called his Sled  Since Those Tapes are Due Back to Blockbuster on Thursday" published March 10, 2019 in Potato Soup Journal.  Subsequently republished in the Potato Soup Journal’s Best of 2019 anthology May 4, 2020 (Paperback: Ebook:

"Transference is a Significant Psychological Problem Requiring Extensive Therapy but Most Will Simply Learn to Live with it Since Magic Lanterns are so Darn Cool" published January 10, 2019 in KLEFT JAW ISSUE #14.1 as part of the special 2 day 2 mini issue event.

"In my Younger and More Vulnerable Years my Father Used to Take me to the Strip Club and Make Me Hold Down Drunks While he Rolled Them for Empty TUMS Travel Containers and Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups" published December 14, 2018 in Flash Fiction Friday at Bizarro Central.

"I Bet 'Begat' Means Something Naughty" published January 4, 2019 in Issue 9 Winter 2019 of Door is a Jar Magazine.

"A Wink May be the Same as a Nod to a Blind Man, but that Doesn't Mean he's Going to Lend You his Credit Cards to Get a Bunch of New Spongebob Squarepants Tattoos Unless You've Got Some Pretty Serious Collateral" published December 5, 2018 in South Broadway Ghost Society.

"Washington Crossing the Language Barrier to Get to the Other Side of Pecos Street" published April 12, 2019 in Punch Drunk Press.

"Syndication Washes All the Color Out of Life but it Still Beats Emptying the Dishwasher Any Day" published December 14, 2018 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Selling Caramel Turtles at the Concessions is Only Going to Confuse Visitors as to the Intended Use of the Reptile Ones in the Tanks" published August 27, 2018 in Idle Ink.

"In the Interests of Flame-Broiled Disclosure" published in Volume 13, no 2 of Wilderness House Literary Review.

"Sixteenth Century French Literature Still Makes Me Feel Vulnerable Even Though I've Almost Finished the Whole Ten Day Course of That New Antibiotic" published July 2, 2018 in KLEFT JAW ISSUE #13.

"Lee Iacocca Worked for so Many Car Companies Because he'd Keep Doing Blow and Forgetting Where he Worked" published July 15, 2018 in the first issue of flash & cinder.

"I'd Say it was Starting to Get Ridiculous if that Didn't Imply that this Garbage had Just Started Recently" published March 24, 2018 in KLEFT JAW Spring 2018 ISSUE #12.

"Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips Sound Like a Good Idea Though Halfway Through the Bag You Inevitably End Up Questioning the Direction of Your Entire Life and Maybe Want to Die a Little" published March 20, 2018 in issue 5 of The Ginger Collect.

"The French Have Some Explaining to do Regardless Whether or not the Irish Authorize the Mortgage Refinance" published in Issue 9 (June 15) of formercactus.

"'Psychomania' Resulted in the Deaths of Hundreds of Angst-Riddled Teenagers, but the Important Thing is that the Crap About the Toad Made No God Damned Sense" published March 9, 2018 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Not Everyone Gets to be an Astronaut so Don't Hold Your Breath Trying to Practice" published March 26, 2018 in Spelk.

"The Indoctrination of Little Bee" published April 22, 2018 in Fictive Dream.

"First Night of Work" to be published in the addiction anthology Cheeseburger Nebula Galactic Press is putting together

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"Lessons of the Moon and Gore-Tex® Thermals" published June 7, 2018 as part of the moon series at Punch Drunk Press.

"To Be Opened After The World Ends" published May 22, 2015 at Enclave as part of their #finalpoem series.

"A Bourbon Poetry Submission," published in the bourbon poetry anthology Small Batch from Two of Cups Press (presale now open).



My review of Person/a by Elizabeth Ellen, published June 7, 2017 at The Lit Pub.

My review of My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers by Fiona Helmsley, published March 22, 2017 at Digging Through The Fat.

My review of Movieola! by John Domini, published June 8, 2016 at Entropy.

My review of I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows, published May 23, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Tyler’s Last by David Winner, published May 10, 2016 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Daughters of Monsters by Melissa Goodrich, published March 21, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Kathy Flann’s Get a Grip, published March 2, 2016 on The Lit Pub.

My review of Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman, published October 22, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of After the Gazebo by Jen Knox, published October 6, 2015 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Last Mass by Jamie Iredell, published June 25, 2015 at The Lit Pub.

My review of The Devils That Have Come to Stay by Pamela DiFrancesco, published June 18, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of What Lies in Wait by James H. Duncan, published June 15, 2015 in Issue No. 8 of Buffalo Almanack.

My review of Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, published April 30, 2015 at InDigest.

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'Your Lifelong Dream' On 'Marge vs. the Monorail' and the enduring timelessness of The Simpsons"published August 15, 2017 at The Dot and Line

My guest post about my ideas for stories, published June 2, 2013 on The Story Prize's blog.

"Short Stories Present a Divine Singularity," published on the blog for Atticus Books as part of National Short Story Month.

"Hiding the Hacker Instinct: Or, No Oppressor Strategy Can Be More Successful Than Training the Oppressed to Oppress Himself/Herself," published (under the pen name Phineas Phreak) in the Summer 2011 issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

"Ethical and Legal Pitfalls Hidden in Inventorship" published in the September 2007 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer.

"a security hole at s-cwis" published (under the name Phineas Phreak) in the Winter 1998-1999 (Volume 15, Number 4) issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.


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