David Rodeback’s Fiction

David Rodeback

Hello and welcome! This page exists to offer you new things to read — short stories, even shorter stories (flash fiction), and maybe some excerpts of longer works eventually. Discussion which doesn’t directly advance that goal is collapsed under these buttons, so it’s not in your way unless you want it to be:

What I Write (What You'll Find Here)
I write mostly contemporary, realistic, slice-of-life fiction — short stories, very short stories (flash fiction), and some longer forms, including a novel that currently needs to go to beta readers. Some of my short fiction fits in the young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) categories.

I read in many genres. I’m especially fond of political, legal, and military thrillers — but I’m content to let others write them, along with the adventures of wizards, princesses, and vampires; the conflicts of nations and worlds; and the deification or enslavement of science.

My writing sometimes wanders in the fringes of dystopia. When it doesn’t, conflicting secular or religious ideologies may still be involved. But even when they are, I tend to write about people living life on an ordinary scale, not a geopolitical or galactic scale. Often they are people with religious faith.

There is magic in ordinary life, and great beauty if we choose to see it.

One enthusiastic and generous early reader of my fiction wrote,

A lot of writers invent a fake world, maybe because the real world isn’t worthy of them. This writer focuses on the real world and allows the reader to lose herself in the beauty and breathtaking quality of real life. Because real life is beautiful, even if it has rough edges.

I’ll be trying to live up to that for the foreseeable future.

Writing is Fun, My Critique Group, Works in Progress, Etc.
When I grow up (and retire), I want to do two things: write novels and teach writing again. Meanwhile, I write what I can, when I can, and I’m having fun.

Over the past few years most of my short stories have been critiqued by a local group, Good AF Writers, my city’s chapter of the League of Utah Writers. (As far as I’m concerned, the AF is for American Fork.) With their help in most cases, several of my stories have won awards in one contest or another, and (so far) one has found its way into print, both paper and electronic. I’ve written about the group here and here.

Some tales here are works in progress; they may yet be revised a little or a lot. Others are as finished as they’re likely to get. Perhaps you can tell the difference, but I haven’t labeled them here.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment, share, come back for more, etc. There are more stories to come.

Stories about Youth

In the industry’s terms, YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) fiction — two categories which many adults enjoy.

school bus - falling off my shoes

Falling Off My Shoes (a very short story)

A ninth-grade girl gets in trouble in history class, gets angry at the teacher’s pet, and misses the school bus home. A very short story (flash fiction).

girl - if only i

If Only I (a short story)

A junior high boy writes poems no one ever sees about a girl he admires, but struggles even to talk to her. His older brother doesn’t help. Fortunately, she’s in the school band. A short story. Includes vomiting.

art exhibit - invisible

Invisible (a short story)

A seventh grade boy, a precocious artist, draws portraits of his family. Then he draws his sister’s best friend, when she doesn’t know he’s doing it, and that’s trouble. A short story.

schoolgirl - Marie

Marie (a very short story)

For a seventh grade boy, the last few days of the school year don’t turn out as he had hoped. A very short story (flash fiction).

Rhonda VII - holding hands

Rhonda VII (a short story)

The high school’s star quarterback refuses to wear a pink tux to the Homecoming Dance, and there are consequences. A short story.


Stories about Adults

See also “Stories about Seniors” below.

Clipped - barber shop

Clipped (a very short story)

In the dystopian but still familiar near future, a divorced man’s hopes die in a barber shop. A very short story (flash fiction).

plant - you died

I Dreamed You Died Thursday Night (a very short story)

A man’s dream causes him to wonder if certain things are as they appear. Gently dystopian. A very short story (flash fiction).


I Made Muffins (a short story)

An awkward early-morning scene on a man’s front porch causes a woman to reflect on what she really wants for her life. A short story.

Irish flag and razor wire

Not Here (a short story)

I had never been here before this hour, but I could feel that here was my home. This place had made war on itself for decades, then simply stopped and made peace. … My next song began where the first left off. A short story.

open windows

Open Windows (a very short story)

A writer takes her short story about a marriage breaking up to her critique group. They debate what it’s about, and she tries to explain. A very short story (flash fiction).

orange juice

Orange Juice (a short story)

A woman who waits tables in a diner disapproves of one of her regulars, who resembles her grandpa. Her mom disapproves of waiting tables. A short story.

Unmanned - squirrel

Unmanned (a very short story)

Dads, boys, camping, homegrown walnuts, wild animals. It doesn’t go well. A very short story (flash fiction).


Stories about Seniors


Nine Roses and Three (a short story)

A widower writes his deceased wife a letter for Valentine’s Day. A short story.

orange juice

Orange Juice (a short story)

A woman who waits tables in a diner disapproves of one of her regulars, who resembles her grandpa. Her mom disapproves of waiting tables. A short story.


The Old Man and the Chicken (a short story)

An old, lonely man shares Christmas Eve and Christmas with the only chicken left in his coop. A short story.


From the Author

David Rodeback

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