July 30, 2020

Editor's note: And now for something completely different...

When I began this newspaper, one of the things I wanted to do most was serialize fiction, in the grand Victorian style that made Dickens famous. I serialized a novel and several shorter pieces I'd written in t...

July 22, 2019

Happy Monday. This is a vintage Bob's Little Acre, a repeat of possibly the only noir detective fiction ever published in a garden column. My detective was Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Jacks are one of my favorite wildflowers but actually they remind me more of perv flashers th...

July 10, 2019

Editor's Note: I don't know how many readers are out there ravenin' for fiction in their local nooz rag, but I recently "unoithed" (you'll understand the joke if you read the story) this short piece I'd written years ago and had given up finding again. Anyway I thought...

June 4, 2018

I keep getting messages from or seeing Facebook posts by people who are spending this first week of June on the beach. I am not envious of them, not just because I am perfectly happy here at the center of the universe scaring up stories for The Planet but because pract...

This week, we continue our series of children's literature by the late French writer Pierre Gripari, as translated into English by your humble narrator. This is a charming folktale Monsieur Gripari dug up God knows where. I had never heard it before. It is short, and I...

We resume our fiction series with the final half of Pierre Gripari's Pouic et la Merlette, as translated by yrs. truly. For Part 1, here's a quick link: https://www.dadeplanet.com/single-post/2017/07/05/Pouic-and-the-Lady-Bird

Pouic and the Lady Bird

by Pierre Gripari

Tra...

              Now for something completely different ...

              Last week a Planet reader asked me when I was going to publish any more of my “stories.” Hmph! I run stories every day! But it emerged that...

September 13, 2016

Note to Readers: This novel, originally serialized in The Planet in 2016-17, is now available as a paperback with handsome cover art by the fabulous Jerry Wallace. You can order it online by going to this link:

https://www.dadeplanet.com/product-page/onyx-jasper-and-the...

September 7, 2016

Editor's Note: Parts 1-5 were published in previous weeks. You can read them by scrolling down through the posts or by clicking "Series" in the navigator above.

       Theodora finally got around to lighting her cigarette and she waved it at Matt in conclusion.  “Anyway...

August 31, 2016

Editor's Note: Parts 1-4 were published on previous Wednesdays. You can find them by scrolling down through the posts or by clicking on "Series" in the navigator.

       Forest beasts in gypsy clothes turned to watch Matt in sly amusement.  From a hole in the ceili...

August 24, 2016

Parts 1, 2 and 3 can be found by scrolling down through the weeks of headlines. We ended last week as Freya gave birth in the park after being knifed by a mugger.

       The next week, Haakon came over and brought a bottle of Scotch so expensive Matt had only ever seen...

August 17, 2016

 Parts 1 and 2 of the story were published on Aug. 3 & 10, if readers need to catch up.

  “Hmm.  What about the fairy godmother?” said Matt.  “What does Theodora think of the love child?” 

         “Oh, Theodora doesn’t mind at all about the baby, she...

August 10, 2016

 (Part 1 was published Aug. 3 if anybody needs to catch up.)

       “What’s the occasion?” said Matt.

       “Spring?” said Joan. “We made it through another winter. I bought champagne!”

       She had a Yogi-Bear-looking...

August 4, 2016

         This is an experiment. Old-timey newspapers used to serialize fiction and it was enormously popular with readers. I remember an account of American readers waiting on the docks at New York for English ships to arrive with the London newspaper carryin...

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