Words will keep us together

Fiction, poetry and musings by Gregory T. Janetka


Short stories (>1,000 words)

Bender (June 2022) – Published in Helix Literary Magazine
What if everyone in the world was drunk? (1,476 words)

Tinnitus (May 2022) – Published in Hawaii Pacific Review
Talking with a bartender, interrupted by the constant ringing of life. (1,817 words)

The Shapeless (January 2022) – Published in X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine
A young woman loses her partner to a motorcycle accident and has to find a way to go on. (1,040 words)

Bartered Time (May 2021) – Published in Issue 11 of HeartWood
A young man tries to find a way to deal with his grandmother’s descent into dementia. (1,752 words)

Delayed (January 2021) – Published in Issue 13 of Madcap Review
Sharing a flight with a teenage beauty queen. (1,385 words)

The Catatonic War of Catherine McFadden (April 2020) – Published in the 61st Edition of The Phoenix
A young woman who didn’t sleep for the first seven years of her life falls through her couch and into another world. (1,880 words)

The Last Citizen of Groves Grove (March 2020) – Published by Backchannels Journal
An old man’s 72nd birthday. Waiting for a postcard from her. (2,445 words)

Amber (December 2018) – Published by Glass Mountain
A girl wakes up every day in a room with no windows and no doors.  All her needs are taken care of by unseen hands. One day she realizes there just might be a way out. (1,940 words)

Quakers and Energy Drinks (May 2017) – Published by Storgy
A train trip from San Diego to LA. Unstable relationships. Longing for what isn’t. Delicious fruit-flavored candy. (3,792 words)

Juror #6 (December 2016) – Published by Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal
A man with extreme anxiety, a burn over his eye and an irritable bowel reports for jury duty. (3,200 words)

The Blackest Lungs of Virginia (December 2016) – Published by Gravel
Two men on the run find themselves trapped in a bar. (1,952 words)

The Hour (October 2016) – Published by Heartwood Literary Magazine
Tim is about to find out there’s something magical in the hour between four and five AM.  (2,414 words)

Doing Shots with Fitzgerald on the Last Night of the World (March 2016) – Published by Birch Gang Review
Ben and Thomas take a drive on their last night together in DC after failing to graduate from college with the rest of their friends. (2,383 words)

The Coffee Hour (January 2016) – Published by Scarlet Leaf Review
Edward Celery Peddlebottom III recently moved to the city from the countryside. The day after his 30th birthday he goes on an epic quest to find a cup of coffee. (4,048 words)

Ten at the Trio (December 2015) – A love letter to music, friendship and Chicago in 12 parts. Ten story lines that converge at an Alkaline Trio show at the Fireside Bowl. (7,892 words)

♦ The Accidental Cat Sitter (February 2014)
An undated manuscript. An escaped convict. Refuge in an abandoned house. Two felines. (2,316 words)

Flash Fiction (<1,000 words)


Childhood stories

She was across an ocean, not very wide, but on all other accounts, an ocean.
I saw her, ran into the ocean and started to swim,
but no matter how fast I swam, I couldn’t get to her.

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