PROUDFLESH

 

THISTLEDOWN PRESS 2014

 

In Proudflesh, Worrell’s first collection of short fiction, characters range from Grace [Down Below] who learns she can’t get a good report card or her kitten rescued without a man’s cooperation, to Fay

[Faith of my Father] who discovers an occasional meteor in the night sky, and eighty-four-year-old Miriam [Buttons, Luck] who carries on as proprietor of a shabby clothing store in Outrement.  Worrell is fearless, as are her characters.

 

MORE THAN IT SEEMS

 

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CREEK 2014

(PRAIRIE QUILLS WRITERS' GROUP)

 

The lone cottonwood tree north of Swift Current is a landmark, an altar and the butt of jokes, but to JJ, it symbolizes all that's gone wrong since his move from Toronto to the stumble-bumble Saskatchewan prairie.

A BIT OF BOTHER

 

SPRING MAGAZINE 2013

 

A grievance against Joy’s family is uncovered in the person of Lucy Ukrainetz. Joy and Lucy, once childhood playmates, are living as strangers on neighbouring farmsteads. 

FOUR FRIDAYS

 

MENTAL MUNCHING 2012

(PRAIRIE QUILLS WRITERS' GROUP) 

 

The setting is a Husky truckstop where Richard has lunch on his weekly trip to town, after feeding his wife in the nursing home. He conjures up cat piss to silence another old crony fixated on Pugwash in 1957 and the threat posed to civilization by thermonuclear weapons.

LUNCH AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

 

THE PRAIRIE JOURNAL 2012

 

Pauline travels to New York City at the invitation of her daughter, Grace. An dining experience sets in motion a twist in their mother-daughter relationship.

MARY HAD A LAMB

 

THE NASHWAAK REVIEW 2012

 

​It is only through magic realism that Mary's dormant sexuality could be awakened by the little people of Ireland.

LIAM THE LEPRECHAUN

 

CBC RADIO -SOUNDXCHANGE 2012

 

Mary discovers the answer to Yeats' question,

"Why should seek for love or study it?" 

- Why not?

BETSY AND THE BELL

 

TICKLED BY THE QUILLS 2010

(PRAIRIE QUILLS WRITERS' GROUP)

 

The recurring clanging of a bell disrupts a romantic 1st of July  camping weekend in the Cypress Hills. 

 

(Non-Fiction)

SQUEAKY

 

TRANSITION MAGAZINE 2008

 

A psychiatrically challenged man is senselessly murdered in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

 

(Non-Fiction)

ANASTASIA ZUCK

 

THE SOCIETY 2010

 

A recipe for Mama's Knidlee in the Yorkton Ukranian Women's League cookbook triggers a memory of an undervalued high school Home Ec. teacher.

 

(Non-Fiction)

 

 

BIG MARY'S LOVE LIFE

 

CHARACTERS 2008

(PRAIRIE QUILLS WRITERS' GROUP) 

 

This story grew from an encounter with a leprechaun in Killarney National Park.

HENRY "PA" WEINMASTER

 

THE GLOBE & MAIL 2005

 

Obituary of Peggy's father in the "Lives Lived" column.

© 2014 Peggy Worrell