Fiction Short Stories ... the first writing I ever seriously engaged in was writing short stories with a vaguely science fiction bent and typically a bit macabre -- probably best described as "Twilight Zone" fiction. You could probably say it's still my first love. They're what I write for my own personal fun and enjoyment without thinking about the chores of publishing them as I do my essays; they haven't even been sent to my editor. They give my imagination some exercise, and actually I evolved my "signature" nonfiction writing style (that is to say my typical style, which is perhaps too predictable but always identifiable as "Shara-esque") from my typical fiction style of weaving two seemingly separate story lines ever closer together until they collide. In the glorious age of personal websites and blogs, it's fun to throw one or two up for anyone who might enjoy them ... it's always nice to think that at least one other person besides myself will derive some entertainment from my imagination.