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Catchall genre for what would otherwise be drama without the high emotion.


A Big and Little Joke

part 1 of Common People

A nice man! Tall, but not too tall, because then you -- you too short, eh-mar, for a very tall man with a beard...

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant

Relationships   family


A Sanitary Process

A lonely sausage-maker fantasises.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   fantasies

Relationships   m/m


After the Landsmeet

Dragon Age Origins. Alistair is shamed, Zevran fails to make it better.

Genre   fantasy, realistic

Style   third person

Tags   betrayal, alienation, 2012-03

Relationships   friendship


Alien

part 10 of Common People

She is polite to these strangers around her, radiates love, affection, hoping they will not hurt her. The same as when she came to this place the first time, her anger and the fear unexpected. Be polite, be modest, be loveable, and the strangers won't hurt her.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person, stream of consciousness

Tags   australian, aging, alienation, post-migrant

Relationships   family


And the Soul Slides Away

Dragon Age II. Fenris and Anders. A growing lack of disgust can't be everything.

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   angst, exile, aging, suicide, alienation, hurt / comfort, 2012-05

Relationships   m/m


Can't Do It

part 8 of Common People

Still, she's never been much for others, my mother: at the time I didn't know if she realised her sister was actually on her deathbed, but now I'm starting to think she just had no sympathy for the situation.

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, aging, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Cheap Wine

You got lost in your head once, made yourself all crazy.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch

Tags   alcohol


Creativity Exercise

we have run long and away we three from the mountain always standing still

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   australian, angst, modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Depthless

part 5 of Common People

Three hundred and sixty degrees she turned, and as if trapped in an early version of a three dimensional gamer's world, she turned and turned and only saw her face. She had no sides, no curves but for the hourglass defining her.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises, 2010-01

Relationships   f/m


Dilemma

part 25 of Common People

Well, a kid's going to cost a lot. Add that to the negatives.

Genre   realistic

Style   dialogue only

Tags   suburban, modern life, parenthood

Relationships   f/m


Establishment

part 14 of The Modern Hero

there was a name he could remember, but not one he could articulate

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   aging, 500 creativity exercises


Exist Without Padding

If he shut up, he would be all right.

Genre   realistic

Style   second person

Tags   suicide, depression, alienation


Flashed Before My Eyes

part 9 of The Modern Hero

this shocking thing passing you by

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   aging, modern life


Greener

Wear your corporate success proudly, sweetheart; collars and cuffs synonyms for platinum-class shackles.

Genre   realistic

Style   drabble, stream of consciousness, second person

Tags   modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Homecoming

part 10 of The Modern Hero

automatic

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   aging, modern life, pilots


Iced Tea

part 24 of Common People

Fifteen new workplaces in seventeen years, always with oversized men, the labouring hulks of the south-east corridor, too proud or smart to be unemployed, too proud or stubborn to get a trade. He makes himself fit in.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, class themes, 2011-07

Relationships   f/m


If It Can Be Changed, Mock It

part 15 of Common People

The children understood her competence in adversity even without language, for how often must she have been mocked to have learned her fluid, unemotional pre-emptive strategy?

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, childhood, 2011-09


In The Negative

i don't like good mornings

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   modern life


In The Ring, We Are Gods

Antoni arched his back, did as the irony scripted across his chest demanded, and thrust his pecs forward.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   wrestlers, crossdressing, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   partnership, f/m, m/m


Inconclusive

part 19 of Common People

However searing the sun, space was never a glorious frontier.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch

Tags   australian, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Love/Lawn

part 22 of Common People

on the air the smell of haloumi grilling

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   australian, class themes, suburban, modern life


Low Risk Road

part 8 of The Modern Hero

enter this flat stretch of years

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   aging, modern life


Maneaters

Exiled lions find companionship with each other and eat some humans.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   500 creativity exercises, 2011-02

Relationships   friendship


Nice Guy

Jesus wept, it's just a tissue.

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   australian, gender themes, breakup

Relationships   f/m


Out Of Control

part 11 of Common People

...no, I'm thinking, oh no, no, no, did I really eat all that frozen bread, I'm not supposed to eat flour! I'm not supposed to eat bread! -- and I'm thinking of all those wasted days, days I tell you, of half-starving and it's all gone down the toilet like a huge gluten-fat floaty turd, you know, those slick yellow ones, I can't fight myself if I'm going to eat while I'm sleeping...

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, dialogue only

Tags   australian, gender themes

Relationships   family


Pantomime

part 18 of Common People

On the sofa, their commentary faces forwards, as though the television is their audience, and their life is a kind of inverted pantomime.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, suburban, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Paradox

part 4 of Common People

when you have altered beyond recognition

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   modern life


Roaches

Dragon Age II. In a lifetime of poverty Marian had never cohabited with cockroaches.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   angst, exile, class themes, 2015-01

Relationships   family


Scant Heritage

part 23 of Common People

A home just isn't complete without Nazi memorabilia, one salesman says.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, military, 2011-07

Relationships   f/m


Share House

Fenris and Dorian, contemporary AU. Fenris woke that morning to the news that Qarinus was being bombed.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   angst, class themes, alienation, modern life

Relationships   m/m


Share House

Dragon Age Inquisition contemporary AU. Fenris, Dorian. Fenris woke that morning to the news that Qarinus was being bombed.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   angst, class themes, alienation, modern life, 2015-01

Relationships   m/m


Silent Night

part 12 of The Modern Hero

i don't look back

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   aging, modern life, alcohol


Situational Dissonance

i am a kitten built of hatred begrudging the winter-wet pad towards work underneath a grey sky still spitting fury

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   angst, modern life


Solution

part 21 of Common People

Flicking between trite morning offerings, they come across a show listing in an astoundingly compressed point form (that is, under five criteria per side) the reasons why marriages succeed or fail.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   modern life

Relationships   family


Stay

Dragon Age II. Fenris and Anders met before Hawke introduced them.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   class themes, hurt / comfort, 2013-09


Strine

part 20 of Common People

along with your shadow let your accent lengthen

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   australian, modern life


Tastes Like Ashes

Dragon Age II. Fenris chainsmokes; your lungs are changed forever from your first.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   angst, class themes, violence, imperialism, slavery, 2013-06


Temptation

Dragon Age Inquisition. Dorian; the irony is, temptation has nothing to do with sex or sexuality.

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   class themes, imperialism, coming of age, 2015-01

Relationships   family


The Elf with the Empty Victory

Dragon Age Origins. Warden-Commander Kallian Tabris prepares to sneak away in the night, has random goodbye sex with Anders. Anders has no idea what's going on.

Genre   fantasy, realistic

Style   third person

Tags   sex, alienation, 2012-05

Relationships   f/m


The Mortared Hell of Pub Lunch Debates

part 7 of The Modern Hero

in the name of your pride be successively hostile

Genre   realistic

Style   free verse

Tags   modern life


The Path of Least Resistance

Dragon Age II, Anders. When his father read verses from the Chant of Light, the boy knew he was listening to the voice of the law.

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   violence, childhood, religious themes, 2012-07


The Weasel

Dragon Age II / Patrick White's "The Aunt" pastiche. Where Gamlen also loved the dashing apostate Malcolm.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   aging, depression, alienation, UST, 2013-04

Relationships   family


Too Much Head

part 7 of Common People

When I visited Over There, it had been forty two years since I left. Every second question was 'why aren't you married'. Gone forty two years and there's no 'how are you, what do you do, tell us about your life!' No, it's all, 'where's your husband? Where's your boyfriend? Why aren't you married?'

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Unsubtle

Dragon Age Inquisition. Dorian, Cullen and Hawke. A drabble of sorts.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   exile, class themes, duty, soldiers, 2015-01


Walking the Dog at 10pm

part 14 of Common People

suburban bane of shiftworkers, us night walkers and they; the canine chorus multiplies, heralding our way.

Genre   realistic

Style   couplets

Tags   suburban, alternative lifestyle


Who Needs Eden?

part 16 of Common People

If with no consideration for the fate of ferns.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, infidelity, 2010-11

Relationships   f/m, family


Within and Without

part 6 of Common People

Her mother could not find a photographer. No one sits at the bridal table. Beloved's friends are not by her side.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   australian, consent issues, 500 creativity exercises, alcohol

Relationships   family